From the very beginning of Safe Keeping, we are thrust into the troubled world of an anxious mother, Emily Lebay, pondering what her son Tucker might have done now. His father, Roy, is a veteran from the Vietnam War, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and even knowing that, I found it very difficult to like that character.
Roy’s behavior, his control issues…all made me cringe as I wondered again and again why Emily stayed with him.
And even though Tucker is portrayed as the troubled young man, there were so many good reasons for what he has become…and many of them point to the parents. Especially Roy, in my opinion.
Lissa, married to Evan, is the direct opposite of Tucker, always the pride and joy of the family. But she has secrets…and her own issues.
The story unfolds as a mystery, while also revealing the hidden dynamics of the troubled family.
I felt suspicious of almost everyone involved, from the detectives investigating, who apparently ignored other possible suspects in the murder of two girls, and the father himself. What secrets is he keeping? Has he somehow done something to bring the law down on Tucker?
Therefore, I was quite surprised that the ending wrapped things up in such a predictable way. I had hoped that some last minute reveal would turn things around and take the story in an unexpected direction. So while I enjoyed the book, I did not like the ending. 4.0 stars.