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Take Me In

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,401 ratings  ·  187 reviews
The sensational new thriller from the author of the Richard & Judy bestseller Lie With Me.

He saved your son's life.
Does that mean you have to give him yours?

It starts with a holiday.

A three-year-old boy on a beach,
and the hero who saves his life.

But nothing is ever that simple.

Tessa and Marcus know they owe Dave Jepsom more than they can ever repay.

Yet even as he is walkin
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 28th 2018 by Mulholland Books
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Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers-uk
This is the third book I have read by Sabrine Durrant. I really like the way this author writes, she can build up tension and makes you feel the panic/stress in everyday situations.
Tessa and Marcus are on a well earned holiday in Greece, with their three year old son Josh, when the unthinkable happens.... while both parents are distracted Josh wanders into the sea and nearly drowns. He is saved by a stranger, Dave Jepsom, who dives into the sea and rescues the child.
With an embarrassed thank y
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first read of a Sabine Durrant novel and having finished it I was immediately looking to see what else she had written. I love this type of book, a psychological thriller full of suspense and great characters. The story is so well paced and the reader is hooked from the start and the suspense just grows and grows.
Tessa and Marcus are relaxing on the beach on a family holiday when they take their eyes off three-year-old son Josh for a few minutes and he almost drowns. Thankfully Josh is saved
Liz Barnsley
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another brilliant novel from Sabine Durrant. I love her psychological thrillers because they are always unexpected- her central themes are always fascinating and her characters always brilliantly divisive.

In this novel every parents worst nightmare almost comes to pass- if not for the intervention of a stranger a tragedy would ensue -.however what he wants in return may be too much to provide.

I won't say more than that because I wouldn't want to spoil it but as ever the plotting is taut, distu
Durrant's breakout novel, Lie With Me, was about an outsider inveigling himself into the lives of a group of wealthy friends; Take Me In is almost its inverse, studying a privileged family whose lifestyle starts to come apart at the seams when they let a stranger in and find they can't shake him off.

On a family holiday, Tessa and Marcus take their eyes off three-year-old Josh for a few minutes and he almost drowns. He's rescued by Dave, a stranger who happens to be on the beach with his own fami
C.L. Taylor
A menacing, heart-pounding exploration of two people in crisis, a marriage on the verge of implosion and the stranger who pulls out the pin. I knew within the first couple of pages of this book that I was in for a rollicking good read and, after an explosive first chapter, I just had enough time to catch my breath before the author cranked up the tension and reeled me back in. I thought the characterisation and voice in Take Me In were superb. I was particularly drawn to Marcus who lurched aroun ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes all it takes is one incident,one unexpected event that starts a domino effect and suddenly your world is collapsing around you faster than a tower of playing cards.

A hot beach. A young family on holiday. A fatal moment of inattention...

And now Dave Jepsom is in their lives.

Dave Jepsom, with his muscles, his pale eyes, his expressionless face.

He saved their child. How can they ever repay him? Especially as what he seems to want in return is everything.

He's in the streets they walk down.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

‘In Chinese culture, if you save someone's life you are responsible for that person forever…
You're not worthy to be Josh’s father. He deserves better. One day someone will take that child away from you.”

Sabine Durrant is an expert practitioner in the subtle art of misdirection and false trails when it comes to psychological thrillers, which she displayed to excellent effect in her bestseller ‘Lie With Me’. Having read most of the greats in this field, from Patricia Highsmith, through to Gillian
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Having enjoyed Sabine Durrant’s previous novels, particularly her last one, Lie With Me, I had to read this new psychological thriller by her. Marcus and Tessa are a middle class couple from London, with a three-year-old son, Josh. They met whilst both working in PR, and Tessa has given up work for the time being to look after Josh. When on a beach holiday in Greece, Marcus wakes from a nap to discover that Josh is out at sea, in danger of drowning… but thankfully he’s rescued by another English ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot better than her previous book. Marcus and Tess’s 3 year old son Josh was rescued from potentially drowning while the family was on holiday in a Greece. The rescuer was Dave Jempson who shortly after the event the couple felt ‘he was in their lives but they wished he wasn’t’. Strange unsettling things began to happen such as silent phone calls and the feeling of being watched. There definitely seemed to be something slightly off about Dave but I couldn’t help but think tha ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Definitely having a book draught at the moment. I couldn’t get into this book. It was slow and not very entertaining at all. Couldn’t stand any of the people in it and couldn’t wait for it to be over.
Tracy Fenton
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my third book by Sabine Durrant and she is fast becoming one of my favourite psychological thriller writers.  Take Me In is a seriously creepy story which I devoured within a day.  

The blurb above explains what the book is about, but what is doesn't convey is how tense and gripping the story is.  Told through alternating chapters Tessa and Marcus weave a wonderful story full of lies, deceit and secrets that once uncovered threaten to blow their marriage and lives apart.  I felt like a ru
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m sorry but I found this book so boring. Really struggled to finish it. The ending of the book made me wonder what the whole point of the story was. Didn’t warm to any of the characters as they were all so full of deceit. Sorry not for me.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
3.5 stars
A good domestic thriller with alternating points of view from a husband and wife.
It all starts when their 3 year old son nearly drowns during the first day of their much needed holiday and he is saved by a stranger who becomes more involved in their lives than they would like...and they are both harbouring secrets...which come spilling out one way or another...of course!!
Good book that I wanted to keep reading.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Take Me In is told in alternative chapters from the perspective of Tessa and Marcus. This was good as it allowed the reader to get an insight into both of their minds and was also crucial with how certain events played out. From the thoughts of both of these characters it is clear that their marriage is unhappy and they both seem to be responsible for this. In fact it is not until about 3/4 way through the book that I even felt like they actually cared about or loved each other in the slightest. ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved Durrant’s last book, Lie With Me, so Take Me In was one of my most anticipated new releases of 2018. Again, we have a really intriguing premise here: couple Marcus and Tessa are on holidays in Greece when their young son, Josh, falls into the ocean whilst his parents are distracted. It is only thanks to the rapid actions of a bystander, Dave Jepsom, that the boy is saved from drowning. Although Marcus and Tessa are grateful to the stranger for his intervention, they become wary of him wh ...more
Rachel Hall
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sabine Durrant’s fourth novel is another compelling psychological thriller than unnerves and holds the reader fascinated in abject horror from start to finish following the near-drowning of three-year-old, Josh, that marks the unraveling of his parents lives and the implosion of their fragile marriage. With the air between the financially comfortable and upwardly middle-class media professional couple of Marcus and Tessa Nicholson already thick with tension they leave their home in South London ...more
Val Robson
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The plot starts on a Greek Island where Marcus and Tessa are holidaying with their young son Josh. Tessa said she had to go to somewhere private to change into her swimming costume but this was just an excuse to call the man she is having an affair with. Marcus drifts off and isn't watching Josh in the water who then gets into difficulties. Josh is saved by a nearby tourist, Dave Jepsom. Dave is from a completely different walk of life from Marcus and Tessa and although grateful for his heroic r ...more

With thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Staunton for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Take me is the second book I have read from Sabine Durrant. The synopsis explains perfectly what happens in the book. However the dynamic of Marcus and Tessa's marriage was another tantalising layer to the story.

Although it is briefly mentioned Tessa came from working class roots. Tessa's father was not mentioned but her mum would bring home lots of new boyfriends. After the birth of Josh she
Christina McDonald
An utterly compelling psychological thriller that had me gripped from the first page. Take Me In is a brilliant character study of two people who don’t know how to get out of the cycle of their own destruction and self-sabotage.

On a family vacation in Greece, Marcus and Tessa momentarily lose sight of their three-year old son. Josh nearly drowns, but is rescued by Dave. And now Dave is in their lives, following them, showing up unexpectedly at their house, appearing at their work. And then sudde
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book starts with a promising plot idea, but unfortunately it does not run with it. I could not finish this. The characters are conceited, naive, self-centred, unloving, unreflected, unlikable. And while at first I thought the middle-class product name-dropping might have been meant as somehow ironic or critical of the couple's lifestyle and values, I found myself increasingly irritated with it all. Who cares where the wife orders her food, which brand and scent her candle is, which shop she ...more
Maya Panika
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tessa and Marcus are a self-absorbed couple, smug in their affluent suburban world with a rich sense of entitlement and snobbish to boot, though they’d never admit it. Life is ticking along so very nicely for them, until the holiday in Greece; a moment’s forgetful neglect from both parents, both preoccupied—Marcus in judging the working class family sharing the beach, Tessa in texting her lover from the seclusion of the lavatory—as their son, Josh, almost drowns. Josh is plucked from the sea in ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn’t enjoy this book. I really liked the premise, but I just didn’t connect with the story.

The story alternates chapters from Tessa’s and Marcus’ point of view, but neither of the characters are likeable. They’re thankful to Dave at first, but they soon begin to resent him and suspect he’s not as nice as he seems. The parents don’t want to be reminded that they failed to protect their child, and Dave’s presence serves as a reminder of this. Without the references to the fact that something t
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. It is described as a thriller but it is more a suspenseful drama.
A story about a couple caught in a roller coaster of emotions caused by work dramas, affairs, toxic people. Believable and unrealistic at the same time. Unfortunately the ending was very much, surely it’s not him, but it was! Ok that was questionable and why?? Couldn’t put it down though, was a very good build up to a slightly disappointing ending, but still recommend highly.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
OK, I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it. It's a tense and twisty psychological thriller about a young couple whose little boy is saved from drowning by a stranger whose arrival in their lives seems to trigger a gradual breakdown in the couples relationship and brings to the surface a whole bunch of untruths and secrets.

Its a real page turner and you never know quite who to trust and whom to fear.

I found the ending somewhat difficult to get my head around and am
John Wiltshire
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
This seems to be another novel where for some inexplicable reason the author decides to make the main character so utterly unlikeable that it's hard to have any sympathy for her in her predicament. But what another great opportunity to vent some misogynist angst. I find myself hoping this young mother has been targeted by a dangerous stalker, just to see how much damage he can do to her shallow, pretentious life. Do people really live like this? In trendy London, of course, having 'kitchen suppe ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Thanks to NetGalley for this book.

Mixed feelings here. On the one hand, an interesting idea. On the other hand, two main characters that both lack what it takes to become really alive, and one main character that was as flat as a newspaper.
It is not that I was bored with the book. It is very well written and I wanted to keep reading to see whether anything interesting would happen. But all the scenes where people are just sitting together talking about absolutely nothing - and this includes Mar
Rhiannan Clerke
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of promise but left me feeling confused. The first three quarters of the book was well written and was full of suspense. It almost felt like the last quarter was finished quickly and without much thought. Ending didn’t make any sense to me, interested to hear others thoughts.
Renita D'Silva
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Addictive and thought provoking
Ella Griffin
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was holding my breath until this landed in my Audible library.
And holding it again all the way through. The plot is satisfyingly
twisty but it's the gorgeous writing and the razor sharp observation about
friendships and relationships that set Durrant apart.
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Sabine Durrant lives in London, England, with her three children.

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