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 flashbacks to the actual encounters with his neighborhood watch and the man who seems to be calling all the shots.
The story moves quickly, and everything boils over in the final pages, leaving the reader with a sense of awe and paranoia about the events that transpired. The characters are memorable and unique, with plenty of faults and charismatic encounters. I believe that fans of thrillers will appreciate the story while not exactly being impressed with the overall story. It is a great story, just not groundbreaking.
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 … more
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
"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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