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Publisher's Summary

From the globally best-selling author of Cast Iron, Coffin Road and The Blackhouse, an explosive new thriller set in the Outer Hebrides. 

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. 

Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft. The Paris police have ruled out terrorism and ruled in murder - making Niamh the prime suspect, along with Irina's missing husband, Georgy. And so French Detective Sylvie Braque is sent to the island to look into Niamh's past, unaware of the dangers that await her. 

As Braque digs deeper into the couple's history, Niamh herself replays her life with Ruiairidh, searching her memory for those whose grievances might have led to murder. And with each layer revealed and every unexpected twist uncovered, the two women find themselves drawn inexorably closer to a killer who will not turn back. 

©2018 Peter May (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • Michael D Hewitt
  • 01-28-18

Very disappointing

I have read or listened to all Peter Mays previous books with great pleasure and so I have been looking forward to this one ( pre ordered in July 2017)
The narrative performances were excellent. I always enjoy listening to Peter Forbes voice though for me it was unnecessary to have Anna Murray.
The story left me frustrated.
So many holes and inconsistencies. There was too much incidental detail and very little depth to characters
Odd story details - cctv in Stornaway but none from the streets of Paris- please!
Surely out of date misogyny in the French police force!!
The ending (which I won’t reveal) was so implausible and so sentimental!
Sadly for me this was hugely disappointing book

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  • Wras
  • 02-03-18

A good start, a good middle, then disaster.


A great start, good characters, interesting plot, interesting background and atmosphere, but a very lazy ending.
I would still recommend it as a read but do not expect a Peter May classic. He is the best at setting mood place it is a shame that he fell short this time.
Read it and enjoy it for the high standards it has for most of the book.

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  • holly bird
  • 01-21-18

Preposterous Premise from start to Finish!

I have read all the "Island " books by Peter may, starting with The Blackhouse, and think they have all gone downhill since then. "I'll keep you Safe" carries an incredulous plot, with ridiculous characters, and a heroine who is so weak, she is constantly, and too easily manipulated throughout. The narrators local dialect, although charming, adds to the novels problem by giving the Scottish characters a voice which sound childishly naive, but lending to the whole, a murder mystery as written by "Miss Read".

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  • Salter
  • 01-30-18

Great from May...

Another very good Hebrides based story from Peter May. Initially the story begins with a fateful trip to Paris, but soon we are whisked back to the beautifully described barren scenery of the Outer Hebrides. If you are familiar with any of May's 'The Lewis Series', you'll know what I mean. If not, it won't take you long to visualise the unspoilt beauty of the location.
At first I found the dual narration a little strange - having been spoiled by Peter Forbes' flawless narration in the Lewis Series. It wasn't long, however, until I warmed to Anna Murray's narration of the backstory, with Forbes narrating the present day storyline.
I had high hopes for this book, and although it didn't quite reach the heights of The Lewis Man, I wasn't left disappointed. The tragic, twisting storyline hits you with a major surprise at the end.
On the whole, a solid story from Peter May, and one I'd recommend....

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  • MargBlue72
  • 01-16-18

Loved it!

An absorbing listen. Enjoyed both narrators and thought this worked really well. Always find it’s a bit of a stretch when a male narrator tries to do a woman’s voice. A well thought out plot, which takes you vividly from Paris to the Outer Hebrides, weaving richly back and forth in time from Naimh and Ruairidh’s childhoods to the current day.

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  • Mrs
  • 01-16-18

Ending disappoints

I am a great fan of Peter May and can never wait for his latest offering. I set aside a huge chunk of my weekend aside for this book. I was very impressed with the narration - I could listen to Peter Forbes read the phone book and the addition of Anna Murray was inspired. The beginning of the story is great - in fact I was delighted with everything until it got to about 1/2 hour before the end. Not wanting to give anything away all I will say is that I was really disappointed and felt that it really didn’t live up to Peter May’s usual standards.

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  • jmt
  • 01-15-18

I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May

If you like Ann Cleeves' books you will love this. Having spent a holiday in Shetland and experienced the pace and way of life of crofters, you will appreciate the exquisite descriptions of the landscapes, the sea, the characters and the sounds that are unique to this beautiful part of the world. The research necessary to write in such detail about weaving and textiles in general is very impressive. I have all of Peter May's audio books. I love them all. This one is very different but I shall listen to it many times. Thank you. I look forward with great pleasure to more of his books.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 01-15-18

I loved it

I enjoyed this book very much, Peter May is so good at drawing his characters and I usually empathise with them and care about their lives.

This story kept my interest all the way through, and I found it really difficult to switch off, I finished it in a day. (I do love audio books as you can continue reading while doing mundane jobs!)

I love Peter Forbes as Narrator, Anna Murray wasn't quite to my taste for the character she portrayed, I found her voice a little reedy and gentle for the character of Niamh, but she read well. In my experience, it is unusual for Peter May's books to have dual narrators, and given the skills of Peter Forbes I am not sure that it enhanced the telling to add the female voice.

A good story, well told and gripped my imagination, definitely a five star verdict.

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  • Linda
  • 03-05-18

Typical Peter May story

and nothing wrong with that. Well read story that bowls along very well. I did guess a major part of the plot however there are some surprises too along the way. The split between the 2 narrators was a very good idea with Peter Forbes reading the main plot and Anna Murray speaking the flash back descriptions. Made the past and present much easier to piece together, something that is not always as easy when you listen to rather than read a book.

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  • MikeyC
  • 01-24-18

Another great Peter May Lewis book

Perhaps it was just my impatient nature but I felt this one was a little slow to get going. So pleased I stayed with it as I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Plenty of viable suspects but not too many to confuse. Nice twists at the end.

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  • Angela
  • 02-07-18

Peter May at his Best

If you loved the Lewis Trilogy this beautiful story will not disappoint. It is difficult to describe the beauty of May’s writing. His words are so evocative that you can almost taste and smell the islands, and you can certainly feel the grief that Niamh is experiencing and the descriptions of the landscape, weather, characters, buildings - everything is just faultless. Flashbacks to the characters as they grew up gave a perfect background to the story and their stories were so warmly told that you almost felt you had grown up with them. Perhaps I am biased but I do think Peter May is a master of his craft and ‘I’ll Keep You Safe’ for me is definitely on par with The Lewis Trilogy. An absolute treat to hear, the narrators are brilliant. I just got lost in it.

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  • Anne
  • 02-24-18

He’s written far better

Unfortunately this was a disappointing story although written beautifully. The storyline was weak and didn’t progress very far. It was more a set of reminiscences. The protagonist was unlikeable as a character and the conclusion far fetched and unsatisfying. Peter May has written some beauties - this is not one of them

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  • Suellen
  • 08-16-18

Another great read

I enjoyed this Peter May book. The story kept my interest all the way through. A little disappointed with the ending but not so much that I wouldn’t recommend this book. I just felt the end was too abrupt and didn’t do justice to the many threads in the story. Otherwise a great read.

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  • Barry
  • 04-11-18

Too far fetched

As per usual, a beautifully written story. However, a completely improbable and nonsensical ending spoilt the book. Most unlike Peter May. Shame.

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  • Caroline Greenwood
  • 03-31-18

great stuff. l

really enjoyed the narrators, the settings, and the characters. good plot that kept me interested tho i guessed the villain.

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  • Linda
  • 02-16-18

Natural storytelling at its best.

If you could sum up I'll Keep You Safe in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful evocative writing

Have you listened to any of Anna Murray and Peter Forbes ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I loved both performances. I will now look for books spoken by both, but especially by Anna Murray.