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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,093 ratings  ·  279 reviews
She was your best friend. Now she’s your deadliest enemy – and there’s nowhere to run…

When Alice receives an invitation from Karen, her charismatic University friend, to stay in a remote cottage in Scotland, she can’t wait to rekindle their lost friendship. But two more former students arrive – never friends of Alice’s – and as the atmosphere chills, Karen isn’
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Published February 4th 2016 by Kindle Direct Publishing
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Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
NO LONGER SAFE by A. J. Waines is her fourth novel, a disturbing psychological thriller that will resonate in your mind for many days to come. You will not forget this novel! It is that good.

The author, A. J. Waines, whose background as a former Psychotherapist for fifteen years, has worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, giving her exposure and expertise into the field of abnormal psychology. And through this background she is able to tap into this field, and use
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow this is my kind of book, really fast paced that took all of my attention.
Alice has not seen her friend Karen for 6 years, since they were at university together. Alice idolised Karen and was in total awe of her, wanting to be just like her. Out of the blue Alice receives an invitation from Karen and is invited to spend two weeks in a remote and isolated cabin with her. She is incredibly excited as she thinks it will be like old times, sharing secrets and starting their friendship all o
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A. J Waines has fast tracked into my top 20 Psychological/crime thrillers list.
Her writing flows with ease and steady pace with pitch and power that sometimes relaxes and reaches a climax.

Years ago at Uni, Karen took Alice under her wing, but as a person feeling sorry for someone not in a protective nature. Because Alice was disadvantaged.

Alice was seen as weak, easy to manipulate and and 'weird' after all, her Father was an undertaker right.

She also had a stutter and was tim
Alan Cotterell
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019, 6-stars
Another great novel

I was hooked from page 1,although at first it seemed to be a little slower than the other 5 books I have read by this author. It quickly Not sure how A.J. Waines does it, but she writes In a lot of detail, but it is easy to follow and quick to read.

Just when you think you have decided who is good and who is bad your perceptions are turned on the head. And a few chapters later you query your interpretation. As for the ending, well didn't see that coming.

Again 5 st
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, british
A suspenseful albeit far-fetched psychological thriller, with an intriguing beginning, but confusing and disappointing ending.

When Alice is invited by Karen, her former classmate, to spend some time together in a cottage in Scotland, she accepts without hesitation.
But as soon as she arrives, she realizes that all is not as it seems and the friend she once knew and looked up to, is a changed person.
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Safe to say I’m completely lost!! In a good way though! I literally have no idea what happened at the end of the book!
I haven’t read any of Alison’s other books, but it’s safe to say I will be adding them to my TBR pile in the future.
Waines has a great writing style, very detailed but at the same time it’s easy to follow. I had no clue what to expect when I started reading No Longer Safe, but I really enjoyed the book.
No Longer Safe is a novel about rekindled friendship, betray
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No Longer Safe by A J Waines is a brilliantly written psychological thriller that had my knickers twisting & turning at every turn i loved this book & plan to read more Miss Waines is an accomplished author who can grab your imagination.

Alice & Karen were friends at uni years ago she wanted to be like Karen in every way but they were complete opposites then all of a sudden Alice gets a letter from Karen inviting her to a cottage for a holiday, Alice is excited she w
Jennifer Girardin
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No Longer Safe by A.J. Waines is a deep and chilling Psychological Thriller that really delivers!
Set in a remote cottage in Scotland, four friends come together to renew their friendship, and Alice discovers that her dear friend Karen isn't the kindly person she thought she knew.
With tight and tense characters, No Longer Safe is a "Hair Standing on End" thriller that pushes the boundaries of deception and fear!
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am really glad I chose this as my Kindle Lending Library read for this month. It is a dark tense read that packs one heck of a lot of story into it. Alice Flemming has been invited to Scotland for a two week holiday by Karen Morley, who was her best friend at University although they lost touch after graduating. This should be a chance for them to reconnect as well as for Alice to meet Karen’s baby daughter Mel. That is the idea anyway, but things soon take a very macabre turn. It is a story t ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice is very likeable protagonist. The book starts slowly but picks up after a while. The interpersonal relations are told very well. The end is very unexpected. Extremely well done! Again!
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Ok bookjunkies...picture yourself strutting...down the street...full of confidence~ you know where you are going, arms swinging..because well...that's how you roll. Then, out of nowhere, a crack appears in the road that stops you in your tracks....a huge crevass forms and you find yourself teetering on the edge of the abyss...mouth open, heart racing, fear pulsing through your veins...thinking
A.J. Waines
No Longer Safe sold over 30,000 copies in 12 countries during the first month on sale

No Longer Safe – The Making of the Book

AJ Waines in conversation with book-lover Steve Whellan about her fourth novel, No Longer Safe.

Where did the inspiration for No Longer Safe come from?

I loved the idea of getting four people who appear to be friends, to meet up after a long break, but who actually create a toxic mix when they are left together. The circumstances of the remote location, making the group largely cut-off fromSafe.

Originally posted on This Chick Reads

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating 4.5/5

'No Longer Safe' is A. J. Waines' fourth novel but the first by her I've read. However, after reading it I can promise it won't be my last one and I'll make sure I find the time to go through her backlog.

Not having read anything by A. J., I really didn't have any expectations from 'No Longer Safe'. I read the blurb which sounded interesting, found the cover a bit creepy a/>*Copy
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've given this two stars instead of one because I read it all the way through , which I don't if I can't get along with the style of writing. That said, the characters were not pleasant, the plot was pointless and the dialogue from the villain revealed nothing and just grated on my nerves, as if written by a child. The ending was a major let down, appeared rushed, confusing and no point to any of the characters actions . As another reader said, many readers may have picked this up due to the re ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Erm....the last couple of chapters, WTF? Where did that come from?

Up to that point this book was a quick read that kept my interest with the mystery of a kidnapped child, an out of the blue old friend reunion in a remote cottage, bad weather and red herrings a plenty.

But that ending seemed so rushed and, to me anyway, so cobbled together that I actually laughed in puzzlement.
Psychological Suspense > Mystery

When Alice Fleming receives an invitation to join an old university friend, Karen Morley, on a two week vacation in Scotland she is happy that her old friend got in contact again. It has been six years since they left university and they have had no communication since. Alice accept the invitation but their reunion won't go quite as she hoped...

This book tried hard to be intiguing and mysterious but instead it ended up being confusing an
Joyce Ellis
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Riveting, Dark, Twisted, Crazy, Mind Blowing, Intense, Chilling & Shocking! A Brilliant Read! I Loved It!
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Firstly I have to thank my blogging buddettes, Noelle @crimebookjunkie and Kate @bibliophilebook club for bringing my attention to this book and author. Hearing them talking about it I knew I had to buy a copy for myself to see what all the fuss was about.

Boy am I glad I did!

No Longer Safe is a dark psychological thriller that had me well and truly hooked right from the start.

Alice is a character I warmed to straight away. She never really fitted in at university and was
Joanne Robertson
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What???? Goodness me! Not only did I stay awake to the wee hours to finish this book but once I did finish, I couldn't sleep as this book just kept going around and around in my head!
Alice receives an invitation from an old uni friend, Karen, who asks her, out of the blue, to come to spend two weeks holiday with her. So Alice decides to go, even though she lost touch with Karen 7 years ago, as she has had a difficult few months and has fond memories of their friendship. However, once up in Scot
Inishowen Cailín
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant read that stayed with me long after I'd finished it.

The story has a superb mix of characters, the innocent and shy Alice amongst a host of unlikeable and nasty people she used to call friends when they were all at university together. Alice has grown up since her days at university and she begins to question what is going on. She suspects that there is a hidden agenda behind their little reunion and that she is being lied to. She becomes friends with a neighbour holidayin
Tracy Shephard
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alice Flemming, dependable and innocent with a prudish upbringing looks toward Karen, who is, popular and 'in with the crowd' and puts her on a pedestal.

Invited to a holiday cottage in Scotland to celebrate her forth coming birthday, Alice is delighted to hook up once more with her college friend. A bit put out that Karen has also invited Jodie and Mark, Alice tries to make the most of it and sets out to prove that now she is no longer the quiet prim little mouse she once was. She is
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every now and again a book comes along that's impossible for me to resist. As a book blogger I am offered lots of books to read and although I find it very hard to say no thanks, that's what I do have to say fairly often as I just don't have enough time to read as much or as often as I'd love to.

But a while ago I was contacted and asked if I'd like to read a new twisty psychological thriller called No Longer Safe by A. J. Waines and as I have so many books waiting on my tbr I sadly d
The Book Review Café
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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No Longer Safe is told through alternating the two main characters, Alice and Karen, they are old friends who first met at University. Six years later after losing touch, Alice receives an invite to join Karen in a remote cottage in Scotland, once there things soon take a sinister turn. I found No Longer Safe slow to start, but A J Waines spends this time building up the layers of the story, and it’s characters, which is not a bad thing, and in fact added to the
Sonya Alford
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

When Alice receives a totally unexpected invitation in the post from a friend who she hasn’t heard from in several years, she is keen to accept it. Karen, who she was friendly with at University has invited her to come and stay with her in a remote cottage in Scotland. Alice sees this as a chance to rekindle their lost friendship. What she doesn’t expect though is two former students to also turn up, people
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Hooked from the first page,friends from uni who haven't seen each other in years and out of the blue gets an invite to go on a holiday in a cottage in Scotland.but things are not as they seem do they really know each other I guessed one part of this story but absolutely loved the ending didn't expect it love reading psychological books as you think of all different ways the book is heading,but its great when you don't expect what's going to happen going to read more of this authors books.recomme ...more
E.M. Powell
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
I read a lot of thrillers as they're one of my favourite genres and I made the fatal mistake of starting this book late at night. Waines's crisp, pacey writing grabbed me from the very first page and wouldn't let go.

One of the things I think most thriller and mystery readers love about our genre is trying to see whether or not we can figure out what's going on before the end of a book. Normally I guess well (and that doesn't stop me from enjoying a book.) But with this one? Nope. Not
Jane Weiss
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Tedious and Clumbsy

This book was full of repetitive, inane detail. The characters were barely believable, and there were huge gaps in the plot (no one thought to ask how the baby killer become pregnant while in prison) that were clumsily revealed towards the very end of the book.
I admit that I chose the book because I mistakenly thought this was the same author as the one who wrote "The Girl on The Train". A huge disappointment.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: uk-book, audiobook, hoopla
w hat the heck just happened???? those last few chapters totally changed the whole story. hot mess of crazy characters!
Heather Gilbert
Wow! I can usually see twists coming ahead of time, and while I did figure one out, AJ Waines managed to seriously surprise me with this psychological thriller. I'm definitely putting her other books on my To-Read list because they weren't graphic and didn't have too much foul language. Proof that psychological thrillers don't HAVE to rely on those things to be memorable. Well-written, engrossing, and it'll stick with me (not in a horrifying way, just in a "that was a great twist" way).
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