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Safe House [Hardcover]

Chris Ewan
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Book Description

2 Aug 2012

Sometimes hiding isn't your only option

When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash he is told that Lena, the woman he claims was travelling with him, doesn't exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her?

Rob sets out to find the answers to who Lena is and where she has gone. He is aided by Rebecca Lewis, a London-based PI, who has come to the Isle of Man at the behest of his parents to investigate his sister's suicide. But who is Rebecca really and how did she know his sister?

Together Rob and Rebecca follow the clues to discover who took Lena. In doing so they discover that even on an island where most people know each other, everyone hides a secret, and that sometimes your best option isn't to hide but to stay and fight.


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0571290639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571290635
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 15.9 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,067 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Ewan is the bestselling and award-winning author of seven novels: The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, The Good Thief's Guide to Paris, The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas, The Good Thief's Guide to Venice, The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin and the standalone thriller, Safe House. Dead Line, Chris's latest standalone thriller, will be published in the UK by Faber & Faber in August 2013. In 2011, he was voted one of America's favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll.

The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and went on to be published in 11 countries. The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, Paris, Vegas and Venice have all been shortlisted for CrimeFest's annual Last Laugh Award.

Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in American Studies with a minor in Canadian Literature, and later trained as a lawyer. He now lives on the Isle of Man with his wife Jo, their daughter Jessica and their labrador Maisie, where he writes full time.

Find out more at: www.chrisewan.com or follow Chris on Twitter @chrisewan

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'Chris Ewan soars to a new level with this dark, absorbing thriller. It combines a tense emotional switchback with an expertly controlled narrative and characters you care about. Chris Ewan is an author to watch and enjoy.' --Andrew Taylor

'Ewan has added a sprinkling of edible gold dust and elevated the everyman thriller into a compelling, contemporary read . . . SAFE HOUSE is an exciting, well crafted thriller, with flashes of real humour and insight. Ewan writes exceptionally well, especially in the first person.' --S. J. Bolton

'SAFE HOUSE is a highly original, deftly written thriller it's where you never want to find yourself, a near-surreal descent into brutal mayhem as an ordinary life unravels. And Rebecca Lewis is a new heroine for our times she's armed and dangerous, full of chutzpah and with the guts of a marine.' --Anne Zouroudi

'A modern twist on the classic old-fashioned British thriller with a compelling narrative as pacy as the TT itself.' --Caro Ramsay

'A high-octane thriller . . . Proceeding at warp speed with plenty of twists and excellent use of its setting, SAFE HOUSE is a terrific holiday read.' --Laura Wilson, GUARDIAN

'Clever nail-biter that reveals the Isle of Man to be a Heart of Darkness.' --DAILY TELEGRAPH

'[An] excellent thriller by [a] rising star. SAFE HOUSE by Chris Ewan is set on an Isle of Man as you never imagined it and has one of the best new heroines for a long time ... Popular fiction at its best.' --Susan Hill, The Spectator Books of the Year

'Ewan keeps the twists coming . . . Rob and Rebecca are engaging company during this ride-by-the-seat-of-your-pants novel.' --Independent on Sunday

'A high-octane thriller . . . Proceeding at warp speed with plenty of twists and excellent use of its setting, SAFE HOUSE is a terrific holiday read.' --Laura Wilson, GUARDIAN

'Clever nail-biter that reveals the Isle of Man to be a Heart of Darkness.' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Ewan keeps the twists coming . . . Rob and Rebecca are engaging company during this ride-by-the-seat-of-your-pants novel.' --Independent on Sunday

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Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

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179 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced, thrill ride of a novel! 2 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
Best known for his 'Good Thief's Guide To...' series of comedy/crime novels, Chris Ewan turns his hand to the more serious end of crime fiction with his newest novel, 'Safe House'.

Rob Hale is a plumber on the Isle of Man, called out to repair a boiler in a remote cottage by two mysterious looking men, and a more talkative young woman named Lena. The next day, he takes Lena on a motorcycle ride, which ends in a crash. Waking up in hospital, Rob asks about the woman travelling with him, only to be told she doesn't exist. Rob is discharged from hospital, intent on finding out who the woman was, and how she disappeared. He is aided by Rebecca, a private investigator hired by Rob's parents to look into the suicide of his sister, just weeks previous. However, as they follow the clues and begin to uncover the mystery, Rob starts to wonder who Rebecca is really, and how she knew his sister.

As a huge fan of his earlier work, this change in direction and genre from Chris Ewan immediately piqued my interest. Would a writer more well known for his humorous comedy crime capers, be able to tackle a serious thriller?

Of course he would!

What Ewan accomplishes with his first foray into the world of thriller writing, is nothing short of remarkable. Safe House begins with a great hook...what would you do if you woke up in hospital after an accident, and everyone around you denied the existence of the person you were travelling with?

From there, Safe House travels at high speed throughout. It's a breathless, exciting read, which had me turning the page well into the late nights. That initial hook takes you on a journey into action thriller territory, which is up there with the best writing in the genre.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 10 Jan 2013
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Fast paced thoroughly engrossing thriller with lots of twists and turns. Compulsive reading could not put this down but did not want it to end. First book by this author I have read and will definitely be looking for more by him.
Anyone who enjoys a good entertaining thriller should this book, more please and soon.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 17 Dec 2012
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I only purchased this book, because it was in the 20p section and didn't really know what to expect. It has only taken me 3 sittings to read it. As although in places it seems really far fetched, it all becomes clear at the end. Easy to read!! Anyone who is interested in crime or detective novels this is a book for you. I would have gladly paid more--
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe house 21 Dec 2012
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Gripping novel and believable characters ,was hard to put down, beware work will suffer reading this. Well worth the price
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 July 2013
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Twists and turns in every chapter, this was a fabulous read. I was on the edge of my seat until the last page was turned
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read! 25 Jan 2013
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I was looking for something new to read when I came across this one! I am so pleased I did. I LOVED the characters and the plot, which had some good twists and surprises. I didn't find the ending to be predictable. I will be purchasing more by Chris Ewan. I really enjoyed this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 25 Jan 2013
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Started reading this as it was already loaded onto my Dad's iPad, and needed to kill some time! Could not put it down! Really enjoyed it! Looking forward to reading another Chris Ewan book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept in suspense. A very good read. 25 Jan 2013
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I like Chris Ewan's style of writing. It kept my attention all the way through. I would read more of his books.
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Fantastic and gripping story line. Throughout the book there was a lot of twists and turns looking forward to reading more books from the author
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Published 6 days ago by Mianty
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Spies, corruption, intrigue and violence on the Isle of Man. Surely not. Well drawn characters and a page turning plot. A good read.
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This book really does keep you guessing, quite violent at times but it makes you want to read on. I will definitely read it again in the future.
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