The Safe Word by Karen Long @KarenLongWriter #Review @BrookCottageBks




About the book

There are rules that every player of every game must abide by, no matter how dangerous the sport.

Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.

Only someone capable of understanding the killer's creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.

But she also has a dark and dangerous secret - one that will threaten her very survival.



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My Review

Eleanor Raven is a well developed and very intriguing character, she has flaws and to a certain point a darker side to her personality. This makes her even more interesting to get to know as she isn't necessarily the most instantly likeable character. Her interactions with her new partner Laurence Whitefoot were a highlight for me along with his dog Monster who added a slightly lighter aspect to proceedings.


This story grabbed me and didn't really let me go, it was gripping with a great combination of murder, suspense and interesting characters. The killer is complex and the murders are distinctive with a grisly edge to them. Just to mention that there is a little bit of gore as the murders are described but Karen Long doesn't go overboard with her descriptions. I always try and put the clues together as I read and I really enjoyed trying to figure everything out. Although I'm pretty sure I would never make a good detective I did have fun trying to solve the crime anyway!

The story moved at a good pace with no slow parts to leave me hanging with a plot that held my interest throughout. The Safe Word could easily be transferred to TV and I am sure the character of Eleanor would be a hit! I can't wait to read more and to get to know Eleanor and her colleagues even better in the next book.

Such a fantastic introduction to the character of Eleanor Raven and I definitely want to read more!

Thank you to Karen Long & Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.


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