Monday, October 25, 2010
Review: Safe Haven
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
3 of 5 Stars
Safe Haven is Nicholas Sparks 17th book and the second mystery he has written. Safe Haven is about Katie, a girl who runs from her abusive husband Kevin to the small town of Southport North Carolina. Katie is reluctant to settle into anything permanent fearing her husband will find her. Katie’s husband comes off as arrogant, obsessive compulsive and twists religion to suit his extreme way of seeing the world. Katie fears that she will be running her entire life because no matter how much she tries he will find her.
While in Southport she meets Alex, a store owner and single farther. He notices Katie and how troubled she is and tries to reach out to her. He starts with small talk about the store and asks her if there’s anything she needs but she keeps shutting him out. Eventually it is Alex’s two kids who bond with Katie, making it possible for her to trust Alex. And just as Katie is beginning to get use to Southport her past shows up and threatens to destroy it all.
The story is told from Katie, Kevin, and Alex’s point of view. During the story Katie changes her name which can make some parts confusing because she is called by two names. Katie also mentions sinning and religion which in my opinion the book could have done without.
Safe Haven felt jumbled at times and I didn’t feel I could connect enough with Katie’s character. The love story just didn’t really feel real or as the same intensity as Spark’s previous works. While I liked the story I must say this is not one of Nicholas Sparks best works.