Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Safety Expert by Doug Richardson

Ben Keller lives life by one simple rule. Safety first. Ben is keenly aware of life’s hidden dangers. Ben never smokes. Ben always uses the crosswalk. Ben always drives within the speed limit. He has to because safety is his business. From his home in Simi Valley, California, one of the safest cities in the United States, Ben works hard at living a perfectly normal, perfectly uneventful, perfectly safe life.
And life is good until the past reaches into the present. In the dark of the night, a man crosses a lonely intersection and is struck by a car, setting events in motion that will unravel the finely stitched strands of Ben’s cocoon, from a recently retired porn actress who is desperate to be a mother to the butch cop determined to shield her young son from the whisperings of the queen bee moms at his private school to the addict who is clawing to hold onto the sobriety which cages the violence within him.

A long dismissed demon has resurfaced, presenting Ben with a most unsafe dilemma: preserve the haven he has carefully built for himself or confront the evildoer who decimated his carefree young life all those years ago.
Ben is in danger. Ben’s world is unsafe. Ben’s life will be changed forever. Again.
There was a very sad storyline to this book, A man, Ben, thought he had finally moved on with his life after his wife and young twin girls were brutally murdered all for the contents of the safe.
Ben met Alex his present wife at the grieving counselling sessions he attended. They later married and he took on her 3 daughters.
All was going well, Ben had his own business and was dubbed “The Safety Expert” and he calculated risk for everything and tried to get the safest option for things.
When he received a tape recording from an dying old man from prison which told him the name of the man that murdered his wife and twins Bens world turned upside down.
The Safety Expert was hard to get into at first I must admit, however once the story line had began to get established and I got to ‘know’ the characters and what parts they played in the story I had to keep reading to see how the whole thing unfolded, Would Ben find the murderer? And if he did what would he do? All questions that leapt in my head and thankfully all answered too.
There were a few surprises along the way too which kept it interesting all the way to the end.
I have read books in the past that have left me a little disappointed with the way it ended, This is not one of those books I’m happy to say.
I would rate this 4 stars out of 5
Check out Doug Richardson’s Website
You can purchase The Safety Expert available  from Amazon and  Barnes & Noble


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