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In Safe Hands

(DCI Anna Tate #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,753 ratings  ·  230 reviews
How far would you go to save the ones you love?

The first book in a gripping new crime series featuring DCI Anna Tate.

When nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London, their distressed parents have no idea if they will ever see them again. The community in the surrounding area is in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? No one in the qui
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 24th 2019 by Avon (first published January 2019)
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Dash fan
4☆ Race against the Clock, Suspenseful Police Thriller.

In Safe Hands is a gritty suspenseful crime thriller.
A first in a new police procedural series featuring DCI Anna Tate. One I'm looking forward to reading more.

This book is literally every parents worst nightmare!
I worked in schools and the thought of this happening gives me Chills!
When 9 children are taken from a nursery school by armed kidnappers, no one knows why or if they will ever see their children alive and safe again.

DCI Tate and h
Louise Wilson
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London. Their parents have no idea whether they will see them alive ever again. No one seems to have seen anything. DCI Anna Tate know just how the parents are feeling. She also knows that time is not on her side. With one little boy that's sick, and the random demand in, will Anna and her team find the children safe and well?

This is the first book in a new series to feature DCI Anna Tate. She works for the Met. The story is narrated by A
This is most definitely a 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞, 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫, and it’s the start of a brand new series.

We get introduced to DCI Anna Tate. Unlike a lot of police procedures I’ve read in the past they come with huge pasts. Drinking problem, hard, rugged, and some unbelievable.

Anna has a past that is current.
Her child was never found now she’s on a case where nine young children have been kidnapped.

I question if she was best placed for this job, but this is fiction and it needs to appeal. It certainly did that.

Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was a quick, easy and well written read
9 infants go to nursery in South London as usual one morning however there is nothing usual
about what happens next as while they are there the nursery is attacked by armed men who take the 9 hostage!!!!
Enter D.C.I Anna Tate, a good cop, no hidden agendas, no nasty side, shes not a secret drinker and.....she never goes running! 😃 however she has a past, a kind of a past thats current...her own daughter was kidnapped 10 years ago and never see
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Safe Hands is a gripping, well written and suspenseful read, and although I had correctly guessed the direction the book was heading very early on it still interested me enough to carry on. One of the main issues that make the story as predictable as it is, is the limited cast of suspects, so its easy to guess who the perpetrator is. It's certainly a rarity that an author can keep me reading despite the fact that I had solved the mystery long before it's eventually revealed, so kudos to Mr Ca ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was excellent. I was hooked throughout it and I was desperate to know what happened to the nine children. The book was split into two by the detective and one of the kidnapped children’s mum. There was some other plots going on which were also interesting. It was incredibly well written and I couldn’t put it down. Some of the story was heartbreaking especially with what the families went through. It’s every parents worst nightmare. I can’t wait to read the next Anna Tate book ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It’s a parents worst nightmare: to hear their child has been kidnapped from nursery and there is a bounty on their heads. I felt myself grow cold as the scenario unfolded and wished that Anna Tate and her team would find the children and punish the perpetrators as quickly as possible.

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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
In Safe Hands by JP Carter is the first book in what I hope will be a series following DCI Anna Tate. I loved this book and read it very quickly. I do read a lot of books like this one but the story in this one was different and not predictable at all. I also liked Anna's story - extremely frustrating ending on that cliff-hanger and will be looking out for the next book in this series.

It all starts with 9 children being abducted from a daycare centre in London - and nobody saw a thing. The staff
Alayne Emmett
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a brilliant read!! It was exciting from beginning to end and although I thought I knew who was behind the kidnapping I was wrong quite a few times then it all became clear. I was a bit unsure about this book at first it’s the storyline being about kidnapping children from a nursery, a mum’s worst nightmare. But, it didn’t spoil it for me once I got into it. I would love to read more fro this author in the future.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am blocked for words hence only 3 come to mind

Gripping!! Compelling!! Unputdownable!!

I read this book with my heart in my mouth, the premise was so scary. A normal bright morning, routine day at the nursery in London till 3 men in guns kidnap 9 children... And that means pure darkness for their parents. One of the kids has cystic fibrosis and needs regular medicines to survive.

The police are called with DCI Anna Tate at the helm. And it is a race against time to save the kids. Anna too has a
*thank you to Netgalley, Avon Books UK and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

Woah. What an amazing story this was! I'm definitely a fan of DCI Anna Tate and can't wait to read more about her. This story was so fast paced and grabbed my attention and ran with it. I was never able to work out who was involved or how I thought this story would pan out. 9 little children are kidnapped one morning from a nursery. There are so many points in the story made and
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
JP Carter is the the pseudonym of a bestselling author who has also written sixteen books under the names Jaime and James Raven. This book was a strange one for me, I enjoyed the plot and the story did keep me gripped all the way through but it read like a debut novel rather than an experienced author. Some of the dialogue sounded false, forced and sometimes a little predictable but I admit I couldn't put the book down.
This book is the first in the series featuring DCI Anna Tate and has all the
 Li'l Owl
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review coming soon!
Paula Sealey
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An engrossing police procedural following DCI Anna Tate as she tries to find nine small children who are kidnapped from their nursery. It's a case close to Anna's heart as it's revealed that her own daughter was taken from her as a toddler. I loved Anna's character, strong and determined with an interesting back story. The overall investigation is convincing, and although I was sure about one of the kidnapping culprits early on, the author weaves enough into the plot to keep you doubting if you ...more
Joanne Robertson
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

It’s every parents worst nightmare wrapped up in a fictional thriller here when 9 very young children are abducted from a day nursery in South London. I mean, it’s hard enough being a working parent and feeling guilty for putting your child into daycare, but abduction is probably the last of the worries about leaving them in nursery! So straight away I knew that In Safe Hands would be a chilling insight into how the parents of these children would cope. Putting myself in their shoes I knew that
Elaine Tomasso
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Avon Books UK for an advance copy of In Safe Hands, the first novel in a projected series to feature DCI Anna Tate of The Met.

Anna’s usual day of overwork and under resource is interrupted by a kidnap. Three masked men have kidnapped nine children from a South London nursery but with no idea of motive Anna, as SIO, cannot afford to dismiss any possibility.

I thoroughly enjoyed In Safe Hands which is a fast paced thriller with several unexpected twists and turns
Chanel Lindsay
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent start to this book series! This is very clearly going to be another series that I'm gonna love!
I have done plenty of work placements in nurseries, and the thought of this situation happening sickens me. I was honestly so shocked, tense and terrified reading this story, but at the same time, I couldn't stop reading. I found myself desperate to find out what was gonna happen next, making this a book a very gripping unputdownable read!
Now that I've finished, I feel like I can finally
Clair Sharpe
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a new series of crime thrillers with the central character, DCI Anna Tate.
The premise of this is terrifying - one morning, nine very young children are snatched from the Peabody Nursery School in South London by masked gunmen, who lock up the staff and take the kids away on a minibus. DCI Tate is tasked with solving the kidnapping and getting the kids home to their very distressed parents. To make matters even worse, one of the children has cystic fibrosis and will become s
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
A clever plot and a touching story marred by flat writing...

DCI Anna Tate takes on the investigation after nine pre-schoolers are abducted in broad daylight from a nursery school in South London. The suspects are plenty, and DCI Tate has more than enough resources on hand. The only thing she’s short of is the time; it’s running out quickly. While entangled in a time-constraint, high profile case, Tate gets a tip about her daughter who was abducted a decade ago. It’s up to her now to sort out her
A very badly written book that is also, infuriatingly, an absorbing read.

To be honest, this is exactly the sort of book that justifies the snobbism of literary genre snobs towards crime fiction. Nevertheless, it had a dramatic arc and a pacing that made me want to read on until the end, and, infuriatingly, I now want to find out what happens next to Anna Tate.

Main criticisms:
1. Cardboard cut out characters, no sense of conflict
2, Sort of plausible storyline but far too much explanation to give
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable book. It’s a good mix of procedural and thriller that definitely kept my attention!

Now, you will know who is responsible for all this pretty early on – it’s very well telegraphed – but that shouldn’t hamper your enjoyment of the book.

I found myself worrying about our little victims and very anxious for our main character with her personal tragedy.

This seems to be one in a series. While our main crime is neatly tied up with a bow, there’s definitely an open ending that had me
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is the first book in the DCI Anna Tate series.

Nine small children are kidnapped from their nursery. DCI Anna Tate is given the task of finding these kids before it’s too late.

Anna is a very likeable character. Her personal story runs alongside the main story.

This is a well written story with a good pace. Be warned if your a parent with little kids this story may give you the heebie-jeebies. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is what i call a real page turner, i could not put it down.
Nine children are snatched from their nursery, there is a ransom note and the clock is ticking.
DCI Anna Tate is heading up this major investigation but is in two minds as it brings back painful memories. Ten years ago her ex husband abducted their daughter Chloe she was two years old. Anna has been on her own personal quest to find her daughter ever since.
As i said before this is a real page turner and t
Victoria Spicer-Stuart
*Thanks to NetGalley and Avon for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.* 'In Safe Hands' is the first novel in a new series based around British detective DCI Anna Tate and I am very keen to get my hands on the next book in the series. Anna is called in to investigate the terrifying kidnapping of a group of toddlers from a London nursery school. If this scenario was not shocking enough, Anna's only child was kidnapped a decade ago by her ex-husband. The police are racing against t ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DCI Anna Tate works within the Met’s MIT section when she is called to an armed kidnapping at a nursery. 9 children have been kidnapped and their lives are at risk can she solve the case when there are so many obstructions?

I bloody loved this book! I like police procedure and there was something different about this which would translate to the tv screen perfectly. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
Margaret Crampton
This was a thrilling page turner with an unsuspected ending. A quick enjoyable read
In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter is a very good read!!

Nine toddlers are dropped off at a nursery in South London just like any other day; however, this day is different - this day, the unthinkable happens when the children are kidnapped from the school after intruders posing as policemen lock the staff up.

The story takes place over four days and is told in the voices of two women involved in the case: Anna Tate, DCI in charge of the case, and Ruth Brady, mother of Liam, one of the kidnapped childr
Sarah Waldron
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nine toddlers are snatched from a nursery in South London and not many people hold hope that they will be seen again. Nine sets of parents are devastated, distressed and panicked regarding the safety of their children and are pleading with police to do everything that they can to bring them back home safely. DCI Anna Tate is leading the investigation and knows that all criminals make mistakes, there has to be something out there to give them the lead they so desperately need. As the kidnappers s ...more
Karen Barber
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Every parents’ worst nightmare...and with the additional strand surrounding our main character, a nightmare that hasn’t yet finished.
I assume this is the start of a series featuring the character of Anna Tate. Haunted by the abduction of her daughter by her ex-husband, things get close to the bone when she’s called to a local nursery as three men posing as police officers have abducted the nine children in attendance and attacked one of the staff members.
The main focus of the story is that of th
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a new crime series featuring DCI Anna Tate of the Metropolitan Police (the second having just been released - already requested from library!). Anna is a great detective but haunted by her ex-husband snatching their 3-year-old daughter and fleeing the country, leaving no trace - all this happened ten years before, but understandably Anna still cannot come to terms with it. Against this backstory, Anna is summoned to a children's nursery in a London suburb where three armed m ...more
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J. P. Carter is the pseudonym of a bestselling author who has also written sixteen books under the names Jaime and James Raven.

Before becoming a full-time writer he spent a career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and television producer. He was, for a number of years, director of a major UK news division and co-owned a TV production company. He now splits his time between homes in Hampshire

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