With the famous writer comments on the cover, I was expecting a lot more from this book that starts out interesting for about 75 pages and then lapses into a very boring and difficult to follow read. I think it is due to the difficult flashback style employed by the author. He uses Paul, the main character who is arrested at the beginning of the book for putting underage porn on the net of his neighbor, to tell the story in first person. Paul keeps saying that he has had to keep from telling his whole side of the story to keep info from his wife. Rather than cause intrigue, it just makes the reader annoyed.
Additionally, the author throws in a meaningless interlude involving Paul's lawyer near the beginning of the book that has no bearing on the rest of the book.
His neighbor Roger Mallory is like the Robert DeNiro character in Meet the Parents and Roger had formed a neighborhood watch and he let Paul know that he is keeping an eye on all. Roger resorts to over the top tactics to do this. It is obvious that Roger is somehow involved in what is causing Paul his grief and as the story winds down and all is revealed, the reader is left shaking their head at a great many things that transpired and have very little sympathy for Paul.
Everyone wants to live in a town where everyone knows each other, where everyone keeps an eye out for their neighbor, a place where you always belong. But what if this idyllic community slowly turned into a Brave New Neighborhood? What everyone knew you more than you would like, your neighbors kept too close an eye on you, and when they didn't like what they saw, decided that you were no longer welcome? Sean Doolittle takes a handful of modern paranoid fears and combines … more
While not particularly groundbreaking, SAFER is a wonderful thriller. The method of storytelling by the author, Sean Doolittle, is especially engaging because he paces the book incredibly well. The reader is introduced to the main character, Paul, who is being arrested on the first page. The story then alternates between Paul explaining his story to his attorney and others involved, introducing a possible paranoia of his neighbors with no substantial evidence to support his claims of innocence and … more
"Safer", a new crime thriller written by Sean Doolittle, opens promisingly. While hosting a faculty dinner party with his wife, English professor Paul Callaway is arrested for "suspected sexual exploitation of a minor", a crime which of which we assume he is innocent. He is taken away in handcuffs, leaving his wife and dinner guests behind with a plea for someone to call a lawyer on his behalf. This sets the stage for a story that shows us some unpleasant truths about a seemingly idyllic neighborhood … more
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