I'll Keep You Safe

I'll Keep You Safe

Book - 2018
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"RICHLY WRITTEN." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
"VIBRANT DETAILS." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"NO ONE CAN CREATE A MORE ELOQUENTLY WRITTEN SUSPENSE NOVEL THAN PETER MAY." -- NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

A stunning standalone thriller from Peter May that alternates between the glamorous fashion world of Paris and the rugged beauty of the Isle of Harris.

When a killer strikes a pair of fabric entrepreneurs, is the motive money or something far more personal?
Friends since childhood, and lovers and business partners as adults, Niamh and Ruairidh are owners of a small company that weaves its own very special version of Harris Tweed--a niche brand in the world of fashion and haute couture.

But the threads of their relationship are beginning to fray. When Niamh accuses Ruairidh of having an affair with Irina, a Russian fashion designer they work with, Ruairidh storms off and gets into Irina's car. Moments later, Niamh watches in horror as the car explodes in a ball of flame.

With Niamh a prime suspect in the murder, she begins to suspect that things are not what they seem; and when there is an attempt on her life, she becomes convinced that what looked like a terrorist attack on her lover might be something more personal by far . . .
Publisher: New York :, Quercus,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781681440934
1681440938
Characteristics: xii, 366 pages : map

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dsw3914
Jul 26, 2018

I agree with most of the things written below. While I have not read any of his books set in China, this one is not up to The Lewis Trilogy for sure even though it is set in the same area. There is way to much detail on Rory and Niamh's meeting and dating, way to much detail on weaving and how tweed it is made, and not nearly enough on the mystery. And then there is one very odd, out-of-nowhere twist that is thrown in there for no obvious reason. I think you will figure that out as soon as you read it. It is not bad at all when the French detective and the island cop are investigating. The mystery along with some personal background and history of tweed could have been accomplished in about 150 pages rather than the 363 the book has.The one thing I do like about his books set on the Isle of Lewis is that he talks about real places. One can get on earthview and see the specific buildings and travel the same roads as he is writing about. I do like his description of the surroundings on the island.

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dubonnet
Jun 19, 2018

I've read several of May's books and have enjoyed them. This book, however, was very disappointing.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the island life, and Niamh's recollections. We get to know her better than her husband. After awhile it became tedious. It seemed to take forever to get to the conclusion which I guessed and found ridiculous.

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wardlind
May 21, 2018

If you're a Peter May fan, this is a stand-alone novel about a young married couple who take over a hand-loomed tweed business and begin to have a great deal of success. The story and characters are quite compelling - it kept me turning pages. And I didn't guess the ending until very nearly the end. If you've never read Peter May before, I'd suggest starting with either the Lewis trilogy or the first of the China Thrillers.

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bob74
May 08, 2018

At approximately the 3/4 point in the story it appears as if Peter May decided he was tired of the book and chose to mail the rest in. Unless he has a ghost writer, it appears that May has jumped the shark. I can't remember the last time a good read went downhill so quickly.

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pitkerro
Mar 14, 2018

Read all May's books and if his name was not on it I would question authorship. Very disjointed. Unsympathetic characters not fully drawn and a lot of extraneous history. OK, the tweed/island background is interesting. Facile ending. Finished it because I had invested the time upfront but overall meeeh. Feels more like a preliminary script for one of those one hour TV mysteries where the visuals would work for it. In a word, disappointing.

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