Safe House Paperback
by Chris Ewan
When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash he is told that Lena, the woman he claims was travelling with him, doesn't exist.
The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her?
Rob sets out to find the answers to who Lena is and where she has gone.
He is aided by Rebecca Lewis, a London-based PI, who has come to the Isle of Man at the behest of his parents to investigate his sister's suicide.
But who is Rebecca really and how did she know his sister?
Together Rob and Rebecca follow the clues to discover who took Lena.
In doing so they discover that even on an island where most people know each other, everyone hides a secret, and that sometimes your best option isn't to hide but to stay and fight.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 07/03/2013
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780571282210
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Review by adpaton
Ewan’s first stand-alone thriller is set on the ever-intriguing Isle of Man and could be – we hope – the start of a new series featuring secret agent – turned private detective Rebecca Lewis. Manxman Rob Hale is a plumber and motor cycle enthusiast [no surprise there, given the location] who hopes to be a professional racer some day: he is called out to a remote cottage where he is charmed by Lena, the obligatory blonde, living there with two unfriendly foreigners. Rob takes her for an illicit bike ride and from then the action accelerates with kidnapping, espionage, torture, and murder competing to befuddle our hero. Thanks however to the fearless Rebecca and aided by his faithful Labrador, Rob muddles through. The Isle of Man is a wonderful setting and Ewan delivers lashings of atmosphere while avoiding the usual clichés – Rob and Rebecca do not fall in love and [spoiler alert] no-one returns from the dead!