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Safe Keeping

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  861 ratings  ·  108 reviews
At the heart of every crime, there's a family.

My son is a murderer.... So begins this chilling and emotionally charged mystery from highly acclaimed author Barbara Taylor Sissel.

Emily Lebay had always thought of her family as ordinary. Sure, they've endured their share of problems, even a time of great trouble; what family hasn't? But when a woman's body turns up in the
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2014)
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Kathy Gange
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Do You Ever Really Know Someone??

SAFE KEEPING is by one of my new go to authors, Barbara Taylor Sissel. This is the story of the Lebay family. Tucker and Lissa are brother and sister. Their parents are Roy and Emily. Tucker has been in trouble with the police before. Now it seems he is in trouble again. The police have found a dead woman on the same stretch of the highway where they found one a year before. A year ago, Tucker was questioned as a person of interest in the police departments
Oct 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I picked up a copy of this book because it falls in the genre that I like. However it did not intrigue me. I got to page 56 and put the book down. I came back to a long while later and started reading it again as I was determined to read the book. Sadly though I only got a few more pages into the book and finally gave up on it. None of the characters or storyline were drawing me in and keeping my interest. Plus, I really did not like the way that they talked. Such a bummer as I thought this book ...more
Pauline Tilbe
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The characters drew me in from the first few pages. There was quickly a sense of hidden stories and conflict that was weaved amongst the family members. Tucker couldn't possibly be capable of murder and yet everything points to yes, he is. Roy's history makes him an imposing character but when needed, Emily stands her ground to put her family back together. The portrayal of Roy's PTSD was something I haven't seen written so well in other stories. This is a page turner for sure and kept me up ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Interesting premise, but I never felt any connection to the characters. The characters themselves seemed to be lacking in emotion a bit...or at least, their emotions didn't translate well to the pages (more "telling" than "showing" was the case here, I think).
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right after I finished the book, a question came to mind: what could be worse, death or incarceration? We're talking about either one happening to one's child. Both are unthinkable, unimaginable. Denial from the family is a natural reaction, as the mind cannot grapple with the idea of a kin, one of their own being capable of an evil act like murder.

I had hoped that the killer was someone else; maybe it was the mother in me. Yet, when the truth was exposed, it's true what's said that one can only
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't believe I've ever read a book quite like "Safe Keeping." It was extremely emotional and the plot held my interest throughout. I just couldn't believe that Tucker was a murderer (not a spoiler because it's in the synopsis). I still don't believe it.

This family broke my heart. Emily, the mom, was such a tragic figure. She loves and supports her family so much that she's constantly hurting - and Lissa is the same way. She believes in Tucker no matter what. Even when everything is falling
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I think something must be wrong with me because I keep looking for more fucked up twists and even darker depravity. This one was just ok.
Deborah Carr
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
2.5 stars. This book was just OK. I felt like there was just too much going on; Tucker being charged with murder, Roy's PTSD, Emily's many, many issues, and Lissa/Evan's baby situation. This book just tried too hard and didn't deliver. One of my biggest issues is that central to everyone's story was Tucker, and we learned the least about him. Very disappointing.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading this book. It was a page-turner, and the characters were relatable and believable.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
When another missing woman is found murdered it once again casts a dark shadow over the Lebay family. How could it not? Jessica was murdered in the same manner and found in same location as Miranda whose body was found only a year earlier. Jessica, like Miranda, had a close association with Tucker Lebay and they had fought on the night she went missing. Miranda’s murder had never been solved and now Tucker once again is considered a “person of interest.” He, of course, proclaims his innocence ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it

****** This is a First Reads, Thank You Goodreads *****

I think 2 1/2 stars would be more accurate in my rating to be fair.

The story surrounds a family in Texas; Emily, the matriarch, who has her own pains and regrets in life as she blindly carries and sweeps her family's clean or bakes her way in a false stepford smile; Roy, the patriarch, wounded in war, came back with ptsd, did damage to his family in more ways than one, the night terrors sometimes keep in the day, questions was it all worth
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I absolutely loved this book! It was so good I just had to keep reading it, I finished it in just a few days. I have to say, the story really did tug at my heart strings, how one simple act so long ago could have such a huge impact on a family and change them in so many ways. Obviously, when the Dad got back from the war and did what he did to his son( I won't reveal to much because I don't want to give it away), that entire event scarred the son, Tucker, in a way that no one could have ...more
Sharon Huether
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, first-reads
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May 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
lost interest after 30 pages or so. I could not even keep the characters straight in my mind. sorry, but I do not know how this got the reviews it did.
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally moving

"Safe Keeping" by Barbara Taylor Sissel

What happens when you think your son may have murdered two women, yet at the same time you are almost convinced he could not have done it. Are you making justifications that he is always pestered by the cops, he has lied in the past, but not always, yes he has struggled at everything he has tried to do and just appears to have little or no ability to really succeed. Is this a result of how he was born? How he was raised? A traumatic event
Nancy Osberg-otrembiak
If Barbara Taylor Sissel ever stops writing my world will collapse. In the span of just a few months I've gobbled up five of her books (will be finishing the fifth one tonight or tomorrow!)!!!!
I am not one to write a synopsis of a book when I give a review because I hate when story lines are given away. In fact I rarely read the synopsis on the book itself! So I'm not going to tell you anything about what I read in this book.
I am going to tell you, that as a reader, I am not easily impressed
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting plot - what would you do if one of your family members was accused of not one but two murders - or even more? 34 year old Tucker is that person who has been accused. His mother and his sister and her husband stand behind him 100 percent. The only thing his father says, a Vietnam veteran who lost a leg in the war and struggles with PTSD - doesn't care what happens to Tucker, except that he "get the hell out of the house".

This is something I have wondered about; what if a beloved,
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! I absolutely LOVED it. I had kind of a hard time getting into it at first, but once I hit about chapter 3, I was hooked.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: zz-kindle
A family must deal with their son/brother being accused of murder.

Did he really do it?
Jessica Killingbeck
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get into this book because I didn't like any of the characters. Everything felt very wooden and two dimensional.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Short book but incredibly boring
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
ok but characters were all annoying
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was well-written but kind of depressing. How does a family deal with a son accused of murder, twice... and a father with PTSD and the trauma he caused within his own family?
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
this book kept my interest. I had connections from my childhood with some of the story.
Andrea Corley
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I have really come to love the writing of Barbara Taylor Sissel, and must say that Evidence of Life was one of my favorite books that I've read, so when I saw that she had a new book coming out, I did everything I could to find out how I could get my hands on a copy of Safe Keeping. I knew that Barbara Taylor Sissel was in with one of my Goodreads groups, Sisterhood of the Traveling Books, so I checked there, and sure enough,
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read

Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Published by Harlequin MIRA
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
ISBN-10: 0778316165
ISBN-12: 978-0778316169
Number of Pages: 320
Review Copy from: Author/Harlequin
Edition: TPB
My Rating: 5

Synopsis (via GR):
My son is a murderer.... So begins this chilling and emotionally charged mystery from highly acclaimed author Barbara Taylor Sissel.

Emily Lebay had always thought of her family as ordinary. Sure, they've endured their share of problems, even a time of great
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-fic, family
This is such an engrossing novel - I read it in just one sitting! This family drama reels the reader in from its very first setence as a mother contemplates the fact ther her son may be a murderer. A hook like that just keeps the pages turning and turning! Split mostly between the voices of Tucker’s mother, Emily, and sister, Lissa, a small Texas comminutiy is haunted by a killer who has left two women strangled in the woods. And though there are other possibilities, the best lead an main person ...more
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Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This book opens up very powerful, with a mother realizing there is a real chance her son is a murderer. That's got to be a really hard thing for a parent to consider, and you can tell that is something the whole family has a hard time considering. I was actually a little bit surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, it reminded me of one of those slow building crime/suspense movies, the book was just like that, a
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Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women’s fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. She is the author of seven novels, THE TRUTH WE BURY (coming July 25, 2017) FAULTLINES, CROOKED LITTLE LIES, SAFE KEEPING, EVIDENCE 0F LIFE, THE NINTH STEP, THE VOLUNTEER, and THE LAST INNOCENT HOUR.

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