Saturday, April 12, 2014

Safe with Me by Amy Hatvany

5 Star

A novel about two mothers and one daughter who are linked by tragedy and bound by secrets, from the acclaimed author of Heart Like Mine. Now, in the provocative Safe with Me, Amy Hatvany explores controversial and timely issues with astonishing emotional complexity.

The screech of tires brought Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. Even a year after she signed the papers to donate her daughter’s organs, Hannah is still reeling with grief when she unexpectedly stumbles into the life of the Bell family, whose child, Maddie, survived only because hers had died. Mesmerized by this fragile connection to her own daughter and afraid to reveal who she actually is, Hannah develops a surprising friendship with Maddie’s mother, Olivia.

The Bells, however, have problems of their own. Once on the verge of leaving her wealthy but abusive husband, Olivia now finds herself bound to him as never before in the wake of the successful transplant that saved their fifteen-year-old daughter’s life. Meanwhile Maddie, tired of the limits her poor health puts upon her and fearful of her father’s increasing rage, regularly escapes into the one place where she can be anyone she wants: the Internet. But when she is finally healthy enough to return to school, the real world proves to be just as complicated as the isolated bubble she had been so eager to escape.

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I will make no secret of the fact that I have long been a fan of Amy Hatvany and consider her one of my favourite authors. Safe with Me was no exception so I was very pleased to be reading it and even felt blessed at times. 

The story has many gripping facets and I believe I read it in a day or, at most, two. What I love most about Amy`s characters is that they are people you care about intensely and almost immediately. The story was a difficult one in many ways as it dealt with loss and organ donation, abuse and the ramifications. Yet the characters made you love them and hope for them despite or maybe because of these very things.

This book felt so brutally honest and true that it was difficult to read at times yet so compelling and heartfelt. I often had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat while reading this. As much as I wanted to just keep reading this book and finding out what was going to happen next, at times I had to put it down and take a few breaths which shows just how powerful it is.

I am definitely counting Safe with Me as one of my favourite reads of this year and highly recommend it to anyone who loves an emotional and satisfying read.

Thank you to Washington Square Press for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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