Safe House

by Shannon Symonds

Safe house

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As a victim's advocate, Grace James is used to rushing into trouble to save her victims from abuse or assault. And with a handsome officer like Joe Hart at her side, Grace is sure there's nothing she can't do. But an ominous storm brewing on the Oregon horizon is about to change everything-and bring with it dangers and revelations Grace and Joe never expected.

Product Details

Pages320
Size6 x 9
ISBN9781462120369
PublishedCedar Fort 2017

About the Author

Shannon Symonds

Shannon Symonds currently works as a Sexual Assault Advocate at the Harbor, a not-for-profit agency serving victims of intimate partner or family violence. Shannon responds with law enforcement to the scene of domestic or sexual assaults, works with victims, accompanies them to the hospital and provides follow-up care. She is a trained trauma and recovery specialist, has completed the Oregon Coalition training as a professional advocate, has completed training as a parent educator, Head Start Teacher, early childhood education certification and one year program, an Associates Degree with an emphasis in Social Services, has worked and trained as an advocate for over 15 years total. She is the recipient of the Oregon Trial Lawyers award for her work to change housing for victims of domestic violence. She is a confident trainer and speaker, and is comfortable working with the public.

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(based upon 8 reviews)

Super intense book that draws you in from the first page
By , Submitted on 2017-10-26

Wow, I'm not quite sure what I expected from this book, but I didn't expect to be drawn in as fast as I was. This book is intense from the very first page until the very last page. I loved every minute I spent reading it!

I like the way this book has so many different view points. You get such a great picture of exactly what is happening. You even get viewpoints from the bad guys in this one. That really made the picture of everything going on so clear.

I'm not sure I can tell you just who the main character is, there are several. I'd have to say Amber, Grace and Kelly would kind of be the three main ones. There characters are so well-written, I almost felt as though I knew them and there were certain times during the story that I was terrified for what was going to happen to them. I thought the author did a great job portraying the way things are for victims of domestic abuse. It really made me grateful that I personally haven't had to deal with that in my own life, although I do know people who have and it helped me appreciate a little more what they have gone through.

I loved the plot of this one, it really drew me in and it didn't let go until the very last word! I love that this one is intense, but at the same time completely clean, such a great book!

Make sure you get this great book, it would be great if you did it this month, the author of this book is donating her profits this month to survivors of domestic abuse. What a great cause!

Good subject matter
By , Submitted on 2017-09-01

The writing was good, the subject matter and characters were believable, but some aspects of the story were a little unrealistic. My concern is that the author portrays active members of the "Mormon" faith as being free of the problems she writes about. Ultimately, I agree with the reviewer who recognized the importance of the topic and I'm glad that the author chose to address this difficult issue.

Opened my eyes
By , Submitted on 2017-09-01

This book was a mystery/thriller suitable for teens and adults. The author has worked as an advocate for victims of abuse and/or assault. She has taken her first-hand knowledge of what she had learned in real life to write fiction that is believable and reflects some the actual difficulties with which people can find themselves dealing.

At first I experienced anger directed not only at the abusers, but in the ineffectual response on the part of the victims. The author gently leads a reader to understand how people can find themselves being gradually led into situations that open them up to abuse without realizing the position they are in until it is too late. Her goal, besides telling an excellent and exciting story, is to guide the readers to see how victims who blame themselves for the abuse they receive can work to become survivors who put the blame where it belongs, but sometimes they must accept help from others to do so. The story highlighted not only the issues of spousal abuse, but how much abuse of a spouse can have a negative impact on the children in the family and leave them living in constant fear and uncertainty.

In addition to the social issues and the tensions they provided the characters, this was an exciting adventure as the characters in the town find themselves dealing with a force of nature that threatens to overpower them all, including the modern technology we take so much for granted in this day and age. The action kept me reading.

This is a novel with many L.D.S. (Mormon to much of the world) characters. I believe the novel can be enjoyed by readers who are not L.D.S. since the author depicts people of faith, and some of L.D.S. practices, without getting much into doctrine.

The focus of the book was not romance, but the romance elements present were sweet and clean. Not all romances were resolved, which leads me to hope the author may have a sequel to this novel. It was an enjoyable and enlightening read, and I recommend it.

I received an advance reader’s copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it

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