The Safest Lies Review
This past week, Texas had one of it's infamous ice storms. Freezing rain falls, coating the limbs of trees and mailboxes with a glassy surface. Of course, this means the roads gather black ice and the whole city shuts down. So, naturally, after working from home I made a cup of tea and started a new book.
Since I was confined, I chose a book about a woman who hasn't left her home in 17 years. I know, I feel claustrophobic already.
The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda centers itself around Kelsey, who's been raised to see fear lurking around every corner. Her mother was kidnapped at her age, and escaped with nothing but her attacker's baby inside her. Now, Kelsey keeps a low profile, and her mother never leaves the house. But an accident puts Kelsey front and center of the town's attention, and brings some unwelcome attention as well. Just days after her accident, Kelsey comes home to find her house empty. Kelsey knows whoever took her mother will be back for her. Read a full summary here.
Being a contemporary young adult thriller, the pace was intensely fast; It was a roller coaster from the beginning. I had some theories about what would happen, but I wasn't right. The twists and turns would make this a great beach read.
While I enjoyed the action, it was also it's downfall for me. Some of the action got muddled and there were some loose ends. The story questions of whether fear can be inherited. Given Kelsey's upbringing, this idea makes the reader question if Kelsey is being rational, or letting irrational fears take over like her mother. When first presented, I was captivated by the idea, but it never comes to fruition. Another loose end I suppose.
I would highly recommend this to all thriller fans out there, and definitely put it on your list for your next long plane ride or vacation.