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Safe with Me

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,684 ratings  ·  447 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Washington Square Press (first published March 1st 2014)
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Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Safe With Me is the second book i have read by Amy Hatvany, and just like Outside the Lines, it packs an emotional punch with hard hitting family issues. The story revolves around three characters all tied together through one terrible tragedy. Hannah Scott's world will be brought to it's knees after her young daughter is killed after being hit by a car.

At the same time, Olivia Bell's daughter Maddie is finally given the liver transplant she desperately needs to save her life after years of illn
Judy D Collins
HATVANY’S “Best of the Best! SAFE WITH ME is an award-winning book, rightly deserving to be at the top of the list as the recipient of Best Fiction of 2014.

When I give a 5-star rating, it is due to a number of criteria, with the main one, “not being able to put the book down”. So when you run across a book such as SAFE WITH ME, five stars seems inadequate, deserving of more. (you want to blog and tell all your friends to buy this book, TODAY)!

I knew the first time I read one of Amy’s books, s
Diane S ☔
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 I fell in love with Hatvany's first book, or at least the first to be released here called, Best Kept Secret. This one I had a few problems with, I felt it lacked focus, tried to cover too many things. Organ donation is a worthy subject all its own, throw in domestic abuse and one or the other will suffer. This one for me was borderline soap opera material, just one heartbreaking moment after another. She can definitely write, covers pertinent issues of the day but for me this novel was over ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
SAFE WITH ME is the story of how 3 women connect in times of tragedy. Told in alternating POV's: Hannah, Olivia & Maddie, readers become emotionally invested in their world. (Hatvany does an excellent job of pulling at your emotional strings.) Hannah loses her twelve-year-old daughter, Emily after she is hit & killed riding her bike across the street. The doctors ask her if she will consider making Emily an organ donor- & although hesitant, she eventually agrees. The idea of saving other lives w ...more
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Safe With Me

Thanks to The Reading Room and Allen & Unwin for this first edition copy.
Read from April 28 to 30, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, for all that it was very sad, it also had some very positive elements which often gave me pause.

I loved the author's turn of phrase and how she so captured a mood, whether it be comical or clinical, or even nuance.
For me, these are the qualities that raised the bar, elevating this from a good read to a very good and thought provoking read. One
Dale Harcombe
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the first page I was emotionally involved in this story. I was right there with single parent Hannah, when she hears the scream and finds the body of her twelve year old daughter Emily lying on the road after having been hit by a car. Hannah is called on to make a choice no parent should ever have to make. But Hannah’s decision could benefit others. Olivia Bell and her sixteen year old daughter Maddie, who has had years of debilitating sickness, are beneficiary of Hannah’s agonising decisio ...more
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction, 2013, arc
So lucky to get an ARC of this. As I was crying on page 2, I knew this would be an extremely affecting read. This was hard for me in parts, and I mean that in a most completely complimentary fashion. It felt so true and real, at times it was emotionally difficult to take in. (Maybe because I have daughters?) I'd find myself completely out of breath and have to put the book down. I was there, I was there 100% with Olivia and Hannah and Maddie.

Olivia's daughter Maddie is gravely ill and is saved
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
I just loved this book and couldn’t put it down.

Hannah loses her 12 year old daughter in a car accident and agrees to donate her organs to those who need them. Olivia’s 15 year old daughter has a chronic liver disease and needs a transplant. Maddie gets Hannah’s daughter’s liver and they all go on with their lives.


Hannah can’t get over the loss of her daughter; Maddie now has to attend school instead of being home tutored and is having problems adjusting to the social aspects of school;
I could not turn the pages fast enough! This book pulled at my heart strings in the best of ways. I thought the characters were very relatable, which is a big plus. Fantastic book!
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Told from the perspectives of Hannah, Olivia and Maddie, Amy Hatvany's Safe with Me is an emotive story of tragedy, grief, friendship, secrets and second chances.

A year after her twelve year old daughter's tragic death, Hannah is still struggling with the loss, burying herself in work to distract herself from the memories, the crippling grief mitigated only by the knowledge that part of Emily lives on in those who received her donated organs.
Olivia was just days away from losing her daughter t
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This was a great book. Easy, emotional read that includes issues of friendship, deceit, abuse, and grief. I need to read more from this author.
Paul Pessolano
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Safe With Me” by Amy Hatvany, published by Washington Square Press.

Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – March 04, 2014

If you like the books of Jodi Picoult and want a story that tears at your heartstrings, put “Safe With Me” on your must read list. It is a story of two families and the tragedies they are faced with and how they overcome them.

Hannah Scott has just been informed that her young daughter is brain dead and she must make the decision if she wants her to be an organ donor.
Lisa B.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story is told in three voices. Hannah, a single Mom who loses her daughter Emily due to a tragic accident and ultimately decides to donate her organs. She is trying to come to terms with her loss and move her life forward. Maddie, the recipient of Emily’s liver. She has been sick for so long that she struggles with trying to live her new life as someone with good health. And finally, Olivia, Maddie’s Mom who is trapped in an abusive marriage. She wants to find a way to leave her husband, bu ...more
Stuart Smith
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Hatvany's books. I especially love reading her while Im on the eliptical machine at the gym. Her stories have a way of carrying me away from my workout and setting me in her scenes and right beside her characters.
This newest book is no dissapointment. It is her same gifted characterizations and story telling with an added new sense of urgency and a heart racing storyline that kept my legs pumping.
I think this is her best book yet and it put her in a category with Jodi Picoult and a litt
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've never read any books written by Amy Hatvany before. I won this book as a Goodreads First Read and within the first few pages, I couldn't put it down! I started the book at 11:30pm on a Friday and finished it over the weekend. The way the Amy portrayed the main characters in the book made you want to jump into the pages and hug them! It was easy to feel the emotion of the relationships that were being depicted and I found myself not wanting it to end. I kept wanting more but I was happy that ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think I've found another author that'll be a favourite. This is the first I have read of hers and it was so good I couldn't put it down.
What starts out as a story of a mother donating her daughter's organs cascades into a gripping story of spousal abuse.
In some ways it seemed like two unrelated stories, but they are brought together with events that meshed the two and makes you think about what you would do in either situation.
If your child died, would you donate their organs. And if you di
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Safe with me was an intense and emotionally charged story. I couldn't put it down, I just had to know how it would end. From page one it sucked me in and I felt so much compassion for Hannah, Olivia, and Maddie. I wanted to reach out and help all of them. It was such a gripping story and I know it is one I will be thinking about for awhile. I love stories and characters that stay with me long after I've read the last sentence. I just wish I could know what happens with the three of these women. ...more
well the back of the book doesn't give the book justice in the description. it gives just brief sentence to what this family deals with in the home. I gave this book 5 stars because this author got domestic violence right on. kids know what's going on, the woman's self worth is always self questioning, careful what to say around the man. it covers a lot of the complex reasons why women stay in abusive relationships. and she also got it right that friends should point out stuff but it's always be ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is a perfectly readable and enjoyable novel that explores motherhood through the experiences of two women whose paths cross after the death of the daughter of one of them. The story moves along fairly well, and keeps the reader wanting to know what happens next, but essentially it’s more soap opera than good fiction, and it failed to engage me very deeply, in spite of the important issues that it tackles, namely organ donation and domestic abuse. Bland and predictable.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two mothers linked by a strange link. It was a bit too slick to be true but at the same time the story was so well put together that I did enjoy my first read from this author.

Emily is Hannah's much loved daughter. Maddie is Olivia's much adored daughter. Emily dies in a tragic car accident and her organs are donated by Hannah to various receipients. Fast forward Maddie is just weeks from dying if she does not get a new liver and it is timely for want of a better word when Emily's liver becomes
Chloe (Always Booked)
I really liked this book! It had me in tears really early on-- it just grabs you and yanks at your heart! This book is about a mother's love for their daughters and what you will do for them.
Hannah's daughter is killed when she is run over by a car and she decides to donate her organs. Olivia's daughter is the recipient of one of the organs and when the 2 women's paths cross they share so much more than they know. I loved how simple this was, but how thought provoking it was. The relationships a
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Safe With Me by Amy Hatvany is a novel that is going to be published in March. While this is my first time reading a novel by her, this is not her first book. This book touches on difficult issues: loss of a child, organ donation and spousal abuse. There is a poignancy to the grief and a sharpness to the fear. Amy Hatvany's novel delivers characters struggling with their burdens. Their emotions underline the passion of the novel. Even during the hardest times, there is an underlying positiveness ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Amy Hatvany's Safe With Me begins with the ultimate horror for any parent -- the sudden death of their child. Life changes in an instant for Hannah, who is grieving the loss of her beloved daughter, Emily, in a tragic accident. When the doctors ask Hannah to make a decision about organ donation, she is thrust into something that no parent should ever have to decide.

At the same time, Maddie is a teenager with a diseased li
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such an incredible story, told in a comfortable and sensitive way. Hannah, Olivia, and Maddie were all easy to relate to, even if I have never been in their shoes (nor do I want to be). I was expecting to be overly emotional for Hannah's situation, but it was told in such a way that I could feel her anguish and grief without needing to cry the entire time. And even with Maddie being a teenager, I loved reading her parts of the story and thought it was cool that she was the only voice in first pe ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
"She wanted to warn them, to tell them how quickly everything can change, but she knew it was useless. There's simply no telling whose life will be touched by tragedy. There is only a before and an after, with no way to predict the moment when one is over and the other begins (Safe with Me, pg 46)."

What would you do if you were faced with the loss of a child and then the possibility to save many others due to this loss? Would you be able to let your child live on inside others? What happens when
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A year after she signed papers to donate her daughter’s organs, Hannah still suffers from the loss of her young child. Unexpectedly she stumbles upon the recipient of her daughter’s kidney when Olivia and Maddie arrive at Hannah’s hair salon. Olivia harbors a secret that her husband abuses her both mentally and physically. She’s wanted to leave him but can’t because her Maddie, her daughter has been so sick for years and now at 15 just received the kidney transplant that saved her life. Hannah a ...more
Brandi Johnson
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a heavy read, but I was hooked from the very first paragraph. Lots of Big Issues going on within its pages: death & grieving; abuse & survival. But there was a positive vein that ran through the entire novel: the power of circumstance, of female friendship, of hope, and of really, really good timing. And, above all, the gentle reminder of the importance of organ donation. I loved every character (with the exception of James, though the author does a brilliant job of describing him), eve ...more
Kimberli Galvez
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love all of this author's books. she writes about complex and emotional issues. I felt like I knew these characters. I'll miss them. ...more
Liz Fenton
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hatvany's best to date--a wonderfully rich tearjerker that I couldn't put down. LOVED it! ...more
Maria Paiz
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
While Hatvany's writing is easy to read, I believe this novel has too many storylines to make any of them pack a punch. There's Hannah, a woman who loses Emily, her only child, in a car accident. There's Maddie, a teenager with an hepatic illness that receives Emily's liver in a transplant. And there's Olivia, Maddie's mother, who is a victim of domestic abuse by her husband. Those three characters take turns narrating the story, each focusing on their own worries. But then we also have addition ...more
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Amy Hatvany was born in Seattle, WA in 1972, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1994 with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist. In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car ...more

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