The Safekeep

The Safekeep

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 30/05/2024
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The Safekeep
A surprising and sensual novel
A surprising and sensual novel that ripples with intrigue and paranoia. Slow-going to begin with, but picks up towards the middle when a POV shift makes a ... READ MORE
Tilly at Croydon
The Safekeep
Simmering tension and dark secrets
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked this novel up with little knowledge of the premise but I loved this. The sense of place in this novel underpi... READ MORE
Conor
The Safekeep
Sensually and Painfully Haunting
This novel took me entirely by surprise. A masterful debut, it deftly balances stunningly real characterisation, sensual and lyrical language, and a genuin... READ MORE
Ellie at Lancaster
The Safekeep
Tense and atmospheric
The book starts slow and atmospheric - the disquiet between siblings dealing with meeting the eldest brother's new girlfriend; our central character Isabel... READ MORE
Izzi
The Safekeep
Tumultuous
Started this book around 10am and finished it at 2am the same day. I have not torn through a book like that in years. Tense, inflamed, engrossing. The turn... READ MORE
Benny Duverge-Pryce
The Safekeep
A stunning debut
I didn’t know what to expect going into The Safekeep, but I couldn’t be more grateful that I decided to give it a try. This is a mesmerising, tense, stagge... READ MORE
Charlotte Portman

Synopsis

An exhilarating tale of twisted desire, histories and homes, and the unexpected shape of revenge - for readers of Patricia Highsmith, Sarah Waters and Ian McEwan's Atonement.

It's 1961 and the rural Dutch province of Overijssel is quiet. Bomb craters have been filled, buildings reconstructed, and the war is well and truly over. Living alone in her late mother's country home, Isabel's life is as it should be: led by routine and discipline. But all is upended when her brother Louis delivers his graceless new girlfriend, Eva, at Isabel's doorstep-as a guest, there to stay for the season...

Eva is Isabel's antithesis: sleeps late, wakes late, walks loudly through the house and touches things she shouldn't. In response Isabel develops a fury-fuelled obsession, and when things start disappearing around the house-a spoon, a knife, a bowl-Isabel' suspicions spiral out of control. In the sweltering peak of summer, Isabel's paranoia gives way to desire - leading to a discovery that unravels all Isabel has ever known. The war might not be well and truly over after all, and neither Eva - nor the house in which they live - are what they seem.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241652305
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 316g
  • Dimensions: 250 x 137 x 23 mm

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The Safekeep
Clever and Addictive
A tale of twisted family dynamics and the complexities of shame in histories both nationally and personally. This was a slow burner for me. I think I found... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Safekeep
Lovely
For me the first 25% of this book was a total bore but I'm so glad I stuck with it because I really ended up liking it. It is sensual and thoughtful and wi... READ MORE
Renee_Reads
The Safekeep
Taut and twisty
This was an unusual choice for me, but as I enjoy reading books in translation - and haven’t ever read one by an author from the Netherlands - I wanted to ... READ MORE
Gemsiek
The Safekeep
Claustrophobic and surprisingly addictive - I LOVED this book
I pottered through the first twenty pages or so and was then suddenly hooked by the introduction of a new character and then a series of plot twists that l... READ MORE
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