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  • Published: 3 December 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787300897
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

Safe House

The gripping new psychological thriller from Jo Jakeman, the author of highly acclaimed STICKS AND STONES. Charlie has left prison and wants to start a new life. But when she moves to a small village in Cornwall, everyone wants to know her story . . .


A gripping and deliciously twisty new psychological thriller from Jo Jakeman.

The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She calls herself Charlie, but it's a name she's only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret.

Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn't a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. This sacrifice cost her everything.

And now she has a chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she's really paid the price for what she did.

Praise for Jo Jakeman:

'Revenge is a dish served with lashings of relish in this vivid, blackly comic suspense novel' Louise Candlish on Sticks and Stones

  • Published: 3 December 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787300897
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Jo Jakeman

Jo Jakeman was the winner of the Friday Night Live 2016 competition at the York Festival of Writing. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in the City of London before moving to Derbyshire with her husband and twin boys. Safe House is her second novel, and Sticks and Stones was her debut thriller.Find out more at www.jojakeman.com.

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Praise for Safe House

Nerve-wrackingly tense and paranoia-inducing, with a sense of unease that just won't let go. I loved every minute!

Roz Watkins, author of <i>Dead Man's Daughter</i>

You'll be gripped by just who is out to get Charlie - and why


A queasily unsettling thriller is suffused with menace.

Sunday Mirror

An excellent, page-turning psychological suspense novel with a great plot and an engaging protagonist! Kept me guessing to the end

Jenny Quintana, author of <i>The Missing Girl</i>

I was absolutely gripped by this tale of secrets, lies, and the impossibility of running away from your past. I struggled to put this book down. Fantastic!

Luca Veste, author of <i>The Bone Keeper</i>

Brave, daring and original . . . I absolutely loved it

Ali Harper, author of <i>The Disappeared</i>

Twisty and so well plotted

Amanda Reynolds, author of <i>The Hidden Wife</i>

There's a nicely mellow quality to this well-written tale

Sunday Express

Clever plotting, a hugely confident sense of place, and more suspects than you can shake a stick at

Caz Frear, author of <i>Stone Cold Heart</i>

Loved this - atmospheric and beautifully written but edge-of-your-seat tense too

Phoebe Locke, author of <i>The July Girls</i>

So much atmosphere, tension . . . Gripping, tense and chillingly claustrophobic

Karen Hamilton, author of <i>The Perfect Girlfriend</i>

Exhilarating and utterly absorbing, Safe House is an intense thriller written with great flair and heart by Jo Jakeman. I wolfed it down in a weekend, and I defy you not to do the same

Emily Elgar, author of <i>If You Knew Her</i>

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