Keep Her Safe: A Novel
By Sophie Hannah
Cara Barrows leaves England to go to the posh Swallowtail Resort and Spa in Arizona. Upset with her family over a personal matter, she wants time alone to sort out her options. What better way than to not let anyone know where she's gone? She misses her children and husband, but hopes in her absence they'll consider her feelings.
Cara arrives before dawn and is given a key to her room. She longs to crawl into bed so imagine her shock when she glimpses the room is occupied. A middle-aged man and a young teenage girl awaken and embarrassed and shaken, Cara retreats and is given an upgrade to a casita.
The next day, an elderly guest declares she spotted Melody Chapa, the victim of an alleged murder many years ago. Cara's curiosity is piqued and she researches the case, shocked upon realizing the girl in the room she was given during the early hours could be this child.
Another patron, Tarin Fry befriends Cara, and they find a blog written by the TV host of "Under Suspicion" a true-crime, cold-case series. In this, she condemns Melody's parents as brutal monsters, happy to report she helped to lock them up for life, even without a body as evidence.
Tensions build to a chilling climax with a cliffhanger ending.
Nancy Lepri, ReaderToReader.com