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Simon & Schuster, 12 January 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4711-5716-5 (PB)
If the author of this pacy, high-octane thriller is to be believed,
there's been an upsurge in the number of women engaged in close personal
protection recently – so perhaps Sam Wylde, the feisty protagonist, is in the
vanguard of a new wave of fictional heroines too.
If they're all as
entertaining as Sam, I hope so. Safe From Harm is a book to read in one
sitting; from the scene-setting first chapters right through to the explosive
cliffhanger ending, the story raced along holding my attention in an iron grip,
and threatened to keep me up way past bedtime.
Sam Wylde's past as an army
medic has endowed her with skills which bodyguarding puts to good use: evasive
driving, acute observation, a talent for combat both armed and unarmed, and
most important of all a sixth sense for danger which amounts to eyes in the
back of her head. She also has a weakness: her spirited teenage daughter Jess,
for whom she would lay down her life in a heartbeat.
When she takes on the job of
protecting another teenager, Nuzha, and her mother, she knows there are threats
lurking on the sidelines, and not only from violent extremists. She has also
made enemies of her own, notably Bojan, and Eastern European thug who she
bested against the odds in an unfair fight. And when MI5 get involved, her life
takes on a whole new dimension. Fortunately she has good friends she can rely
on in a pinch – and there are plenty of pinches.
The result is an
action-packed plotline, full of thrills, spills and corkscrew turns, peopled by
larger-than-life characters who drive cars the price of a small house and live
in an obscenely wealthy part of London we lesser mortals can only imagine – and
imagine it on our behalf is what R J Bailey does, in enough detail to bring it
to vivid life. The lines between good and bad guys aren't always clear, and
that cliffhanger ending is a real shocker.
A second Sam Wylde thriller
is promised next year – definitely something to look forward to.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
RJ Bailey.Safe From Harm is
the first novel in a new series by this debut author
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.