Jun 262013
 
Review: The SafehouseThe Safehouse by T. Thomas Ackerman
Published by Outskirts Press on Jul 28, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: Paperback from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Every nine seconds, a woman becomes a victim of domestic violence in the United States. The laws don’t do enough to protect these women and their children from the abuse, which will always escalate. Detective Jessica Warren understands all too well how vulnerable women are in abusive relationships. And she’s not going to stand by and watch as innocent victims are injured, or worse.

The Safehouse is the story of Jessie Warren and the closely knit network of powerful women who aren’t willing to allow abusive men to hide behind inadequate laws. It’s the story of the victims she helps, some of whom learn to break out of the patterns holding them trapped. And it’s the story of how Jessie navigates the police system with pragmatism, intelligence, and heart to extend a helping hand to women in need. But with all the time and emotional energy she spends helping others, will she be able to maintain her own life balance? And will she be able to outsmart the one member of the police force who doesn’t approve of her unorthodox methods?

True to life and riveting, The Safehouse will take you on a compelling journey to justice. The author is donating 25% of royalties from this book to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This story had the potential to be exciting and emotional, but I found it dry and one dimensional. Nothing unexpected happened, and there was no depth to any of the characters.

The first part of the story is very heavy on statistics about domestic abuse. The stats don’t contribute to the story; they are obviously just there as part of the message.

The characters were the biggest disappointment as they all felt flat. The bad guys are all very bad, even though most abusers tend to have charismatic sides to them. No one questioned the continual disappearance of the bad guys, except for one man who was portrayed as evil and up to no good.

It was unfortunate how the book portrays a lack of faith in the justice system. None of the cases Jessie is involved in go through the whole process because she obviously doesn’t think the system works. If that is the case, why is she a cop, and how has she survived so long without overstepping too many lines.

Overall, I was extremely disappointed in the story. It was too heavy on message and too light on story.

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