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Sixteen-year-old Hailey Perish knows her life can't get much worse. Since her dad split a few years ago, Hailey's mother has spiraled hard and fast, careening toward rock bottom and threatening to take her daughter down with her. Hailey now marks time by evictions, her mother's poker games, and Saturday School where she voluntarily shows up for weekend detentions to secure her one promised meal of the week. She has no room for relationships, especially with someone like her childhood love and junior class golden boy Carson Hart. Hailey trusted him once and Carson failed her. She's determined not to let herself be hurt again.

When Hailey's mom does the unthinkable and bets her own daughter in a high stakes poker game, Mitch, the loan shark, is all too eager and determined to collect on his debt. To him, Hailey is nothing but property. His property. And he'll do anything to recover it. On the run from a fate that promises a much worse life than she already knows, there's only one person in the world Hailey can call for help.

Will Carson be there for her in her darkest hour and deliver her from harm's way safe and sound? Or will he abandon Hailey - just like he's always done - just like they all do?

Alli Hope's debut novel delivers an unforgettable story about love and surviving in the dark places. Safe and Sound contains mature situations and content.

©2017 Allison Bowen (P)2017 Allison Bowen

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Outstanding and heartbreaking

If you could sum up Safe and Sound in three words, what would they be?

Mesmerizing, horrifying, graphic.

What other book might you compare Safe and Sound to and why?

I can't compare any other books with Safe and Sound. It's a class of its own.

Which character – as performed by Abigail Hope Endsley – was your favorite?

Both Hailey and Carson were my favorite characters. Their bond was touching and Carson's devotion was heartwarming.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Safe and Sound is a good title.

Any additional comments?

This book had me reading in stunned, frozen silence. The graphic reality of the society's underbelly was sickening, but very realistic. Monsters disguised as humans were especially frightening, no conscience, just money and power. The warning was fully justified, but the graphic scenes were necessary to include it in order to fully present the victims plight. Very intense. The ray of hope was Carson and Hailey's relationship, which was strengthening through their journey. Some scenes between them were very sweet, even their arguments helped them to build their bond. I was impressed by Carson's devotion and maturity, and his determination to protect Hailey, regardless of the danger to his own life. Highly recommended.