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What would you do to protect your family Financial advisor Pat Tierney s world is shattered when a visitor to her office tells her that Pat s late husband is the father of a seven year old boy Stunned by the revelation of her husband s affair, Pat is even shocked when the woman bolts from the office, leaving young Tommy behindWhen Tommy s mother is murdered, police tell Pat that the boy may be the killer s next target In a desperate race to protect Tommy, Pat s searches for the truth and uncovers a deadly scheme involving illegal immigrants, trafficking in human body parts and money launderingAnd Pat discovers that she ll do just about anything to keep her family safe


10 thoughts on “Safe Harbor

  1. Inga Inga says:

    My review Safe Harbor is a captivating book to read, once you have read the first pages, you are intrigued and want to know what is going to happen This book is not only a mystery, but it touched so many other important topics like betrayal, protecting your family, human trafficking, international crime it affects you on many different levels Safe Harbor is well written, has an interesting plot and very enjoyable characters.Regarding the plot Safe Harbor introduces you to a financial advisor My review Safe Harbor is a captivating book to read, once you have read the first pages, you are intrigued and want to know what is going to happen This book is not only a mystery, but it touched so many other important topics like betrayal, protecting your family, human trafficking, international crime it affects you on many different levels Safe Harbor is well written, has an interesting plot and very enjoyable characters.Regarding the plot Safe Harbor introduces you to a financial advisor Pat Tierney, who has a safe life she has well paid job, comfortable home and nice and quiet family life It is all being changed when one day in the office she meets Jude Jude is a young woman who reveals to Pat, that the little seven year old boy is the son of Pat s recently died husband It seems that Jude is concerned about the safety of her and her son s life and leaves Tommy at Pat s office promising to come back for her son after the threat is gone.After that meeting everything changes for Pat, her life is turned upside down Firstly, she is shocked and heart broken by the fact that her husband cheated on her and now needs to gather the pieces of a very hurtful knowledge Besides that, Jude is found murdered and Pat also needs to take care of her husband s son whom she had no idea even existed Pat needs to make lot of quick and difficult decisions and since the threat for her own family and for Tommy is coming closer, she starts investigating why and who killed Jude and who are the persons behind wanting to kill Tommy With persistent approach she is coming step by step closer to the killers and to the truth and it all points towards the refugee home Safe Harbor I really enjoyed the story It had unexpected twists and turns and what enjoyed most of all, it was believable and real The story was nicely supported by the characters of the book which were also brilliantly created I loved the title of the book Safe Harbor mirrors many things in the plot Pat s choices to live her life too safely, not allowing herself to love again after her husband s death it mirrors the safe place for refugees to feel safe, it mirrors Tommy s journey to finally finding a family It was incredibly good choice for the title of the book Regarding the characters Rosemary McCracken did a very good work with the plot and she managed to create the story of Safe Harbor around very strong characters The characters were thoroughly developed and that made them real, believable and human.Pat Tierney is a woman which every reader would love and could relate to What I loved about Pat was the fact that she was middle aged There are not many good mystery books where the main character is a middle aged woman who is already well established, has had a lot of life experience and who is not a perfect person Her kids are already grown one daughter is in the university and the other is in high school She has loved deeply and has felt the loss of her husband She is smart, has strong personality and last, but not least, she has a kind heart and yet is vulnerable She has second thoughts of letting go of her dead husband and giving herself a second chance to love I truly enjoyed reading about Pat Tommy was another favorite character in the book Rosemary did an excellent job with describing a seven year old boy who misses his mom, who is sincere, who is accepting things as they are seen from kid s point of view He was adorable and I felt the pain when his father s family did not want anything to do with him because he was born out of marriage bounds Another character whom I adored was Sister Celia who worked at the refugee center I had my doubts about her in the beginning, but she was such a nice woman conflicted between doing the right thing and getting the finances to support the refugee center.Detective Sergeant Neil Hardy was also one of the characters I liked He was the detective in charge to investigate the murder of Jude He was one weird police officer from one side he seemed cold and not the wisest piece of work and the same time he was supporting and at least trying to help protecting pat and Tommy.Farah was also an interesting character Farah was Pat s housekeeper and a refugee who tried to create a new life She was so na ve, so inexperienced in the way people lived in her new country She just did not know better and wanted so badly to live as Canadians and break out of her religion and traditions from her old country There were so many lovable persons in Safe Harbor Pat s new love interest Devon, Pat s daughters, the Greek neighbor of Jude Sophie, the gay colleague St phane who worked with Pat, Devon s son Ryan, Tommy s grandmother the list would be very long They all played an important role in the story and gave so many extra points to the book from reader s perspective.Rosemary balanced it out with bunch of people who were despicable and it was another strong side of the book Let s start with Arlene who is Pat s sister in law and Tommy s aunt She was nasty, bitchy, greedy woman who made the reader to want to slap her The reader also met Oskar who was working at Safe Harbor and who gave you shivers down in your spine Another funny and interesting character was Pat s new colleague Arnie who was a son of one of the wealthiest clients who Pat had.There were so many intriguing characters in the book and all of them had a story to tell to the reader I loved the richness and colorfulness of the characters in Safe Harbor Generally Safe Harbor by Rosemary McCracken is a book which you want to re read after you finished it It stays with you for much longer than just during the reading time It is filled with fast paced action, intriguing mystery, drama and absolutely captivating characters I highly recommend it to read it is such a good and interesting and entertaining book 5 stars


  2. Colleen Cross Colleen Cross says:

    Pat Tierney, a financial advisor used to solving her clients problems, faces trouble of her own when she comes face to face with her late husband s love child Not only has the boy s mother been murdered, but he s been dumped on Pat as his wealthy family wants nothing to do with him.Safe Harbor is a quick, suspenseful read with a hint of romance, perfect for a lazy day on the couch Rosemary McCracken weaves an interesting and original tale of international intrigue and I m looking forward to h Pat Tierney, a financial advisor used to solving her clients problems, faces trouble of her own when she comes face to face with her late husband s love child Not only has the boy s mother been murdered, but he s been dumped on Pat as his wealthy family wants nothing to do with him.Safe Harbor is a quick, suspenseful read with a hint of romance, perfect for a lazy day on the couch Rosemary McCracken weaves an interesting and original tale of international intrigue and I m looking forward to her next book


  3. Judy Sheluk Judy Sheluk says:

    Entertaining and thought provoking, with a satisfying ending that made me want to read book 2 and find outabout Pat Tierney and her family Especially Tommy A great debut.


  4. Heidi Heidi says:

    It was ok You have a very unbelievable storyline Still not sure why people killed the mom The last 10 pages just really wraps things up in a nice little bow It was ok, though it could have been better, but would read another book by this author to see if her other books develop better.


  5. Jack Jack says:

    Enjoyable crime thriller set in Toronto, featuring an inquisitive financial advisor.


  6. Dori Dori says:

    Solid story but a bit wonderingI enjoyed this story for the most part Although there were parts that didn t really hold my interest very well It was easy to put down for long periods of time


  7. Lou Allin Lou Allin says:

    Investment advisor Pat Tierney has enough on her hands as a widowed mother of two young women Imagine her surprise when stranger Jude Seaton enters her office and begs her to take her seven year old, Tommy, for a few days Their lives are threatened, but the details aren t forthcoming Jude seems respectable, a teacher at a parochial school working hard to pay the bills As Pat refuses, a blockbuster revelation rocks her reality Her dead husband, the love of her life, was the boy s father.I go Investment advisor Pat Tierney has enough on her hands as a widowed mother of two young women Imagine her surprise when stranger Jude Seaton enters her office and begs her to take her seven year old, Tommy, for a few days Their lives are threatened, but the details aren t forthcoming Jude seems respectable, a teacher at a parochial school working hard to pay the bills As Pat refuses, a blockbuster revelation rocks her reality Her dead husband, the love of her life, was the boy s father.I got up, went over to the window and looked out on the Toronto night Christmas lights twinkled on Eglinton Avenue The street looked exactly as it had for the past few weeks, but my world had changed beyond recognition.Twisting the rings on my left hand, I studied my reflection in the glass I saw a green eyed blonde, hair artfully disarranged Businesswoman, mother, a wife for nearly twenty years A woman so stupid she didn t know her husband had been sleeping around I swallowed back the bile that was rising in my throat.Frantic Jude tosses down Tommy s belongings and disappears, pursued by her own demons Or are they real Pat is left to juggle slender clues as she first tries to find Jude and then must bargain with Seaton s wealthy family, who are reluctant to take the boy.Flitting around the perimeters is the theme of international refugees One of Pat s employees has Somalian connections Pat encounters Sister Celia, who runs Safe Harbor to accommodate the refugees with shelter and legal help for their cases Not only are they strangers in a strange land, but they may carry dangerous secrets from their previous lives The sister seems a godsend, but other figures are stalking Pat as she tries to find a safe harbor for herself and the boy In the background is Pat s new love interest, Devon After betrayal by her once beloved husband, can she share her heart and faith again Never have the bustling streets of Toronto or the quiet lakes of cottage country felt so sinister Is the law powerless in the face of those who would bring violence and terror to a peaceful nation acting out of selflessness Is it money, revenge, or something beyond comprehension Picking up a newspaper sheds light daily on this ugly 21st century dilemma Havens have their price Kindness may bring danger in its innocent wake.McCracken ramps up the action from paragraph one and never hits the brakes in this dynamic thriller The intrepid Pat is an ideal lead for an expanded role of mother, protector, and hero Her behaviour rings true, whether parenting her girls, taking care of her dog, or venturing into a problematical romance She s smart and savvy, but does she trust too much


  8. Julie G Julie G says:

    Pat Tierney, Certified Financial Planner, was finishing up at the office in anticipation of New Year s week up north, when a frantic woman charged into her office.Jude Seaton didn t look like a head case, but She insisted she was in trouble and her son, Tommy, was in danger her seven year old son, fathered by Pat s late husband, Michael.Before Pat could recover from the shock, from her world being upended, Jude had fled and Tommy stood watching her with his father s eyes The next day, as Pat Tierney, Certified Financial Planner, was finishing up at the office in anticipation of New Year s week up north, when a frantic woman charged into her office.Jude Seaton didn t look like a head case, but She insisted she was in trouble and her son, Tommy, was in danger her seven year old son, fathered by Pat s late husband, Michael.Before Pat could recover from the shock, from her world being upended, Jude had fled and Tommy stood watching her with his father s eyes The next day, as Pat is trying to come to grips with the truth, she is notified that Jude has been murdered.Determined to protect the little boy, and find out who killed his mother, Pat is drawn into a world very different from her own A world where Safe Harbor, a shelter run by a nun, seems to be trafficking in illegal immigrants where immigrants mysteriously disappear, and dismembered bodies appear, all over the city.Suddenly, the nightmare lands at her door someone tries to run her down, her housekeeper s new boyfriend menaces her family, a strange man appears out of the darkness with an impossible story, and an inept new employee assumes a high level position at her business.Before it s done, Pat is knee deep in an organ harvesting ring, money laundering schemes, and kidnapping This is a wild ride from the first page, to the last I was quite surprised to learn that this was a first novel It s characters aren t cardboard caricatures they re well written and believable The families are normal They argue, pout, complain, do stupid things, and sound just like yours or mine on any given day.And, just like real life, you can t always tell the good guys from the bad guys Whom do you trust Are you running toward a Safe Harbor, or away Happily, this is the first book in a planned series I m looking forward to seeing what trouble Pat gets herself into the next time Because, you just know she will She can t help it Disclosure of Material Connection I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own


  9. Diane Rapp Diane Rapp says:

    An International Mystery Filled With SuspenseA strange woman walks into Pat Tierney s office with a young boy and shatters precious memories of Pat s dead husband The desperate woman claims the boy is the son of Pat s husband, and she needs someone to safeguard him from eminent danger until she can straighten things out Pat has two troublesome teenage daughters at home and stress at work, why should she take on a stranger s child What would you do I asked myself this question as I read the n An International Mystery Filled With SuspenseA strange woman walks into Pat Tierney s office with a young boy and shatters precious memories of Pat s dead husband The desperate woman claims the boy is the son of Pat s husband, and she needs someone to safeguard him from eminent danger until she can straighten things out Pat has two troublesome teenage daughters at home and stress at work, why should she take on a stranger s child What would you do I asked myself this question as I read the novel At first I wouldn t believe the woman, neither did Pat Would I be polite No Could I learn to accept the truth and love a boy who looked exactly like my dead husband That s the crux of the novel Pat s heartbroken by her husband s betrayal but the boy needs a safe harbor The next day the boy s mother turns up dead, and Pat realizes her own family might be in danger.This is a complex story filled with the type of international intrigue that could be ripped from modern day headlines It takes place in Canada but might happen anywhere There is a place called Safe Harbor, meant to give refugees a place to stay while the government decides their cases But Safe Harbor doesn t live up to its name or purpose The stories of all the characters are expertly intertwined by a talented author, who makes the reader care what happens to Pat Tierney and her small family I held my breath when danger loomed and sighed with relief when you ll need to find out for yourself If you enjoy mystery, suspense, and a bit of romance this is a book that gives you everything in one place


  10. Charles Ray Charles Ray says:

    Pat Tierney is a financial advisor, a widow with two daughters, living a relatively comfortable life until Jude Seaton comes to her office and informs her that her late husband, Michael, was the father of 7 year old Tommy, Jude s son She tells Pat that Tommy is in danger and asks her to care for him until she takes care of some business When Jude is later found murdered, Pat finds herself immersed in the bloody world of immigrant smuggling, body parts trafficking, and money laundering, and t Pat Tierney is a financial advisor, a widow with two daughters, living a relatively comfortable life until Jude Seaton comes to her office and informs her that her late husband, Michael, was the father of 7 year old Tommy, Jude s son She tells Pat that Tommy is in danger and asks her to care for him until she takes care of some business When Jude is later found murdered, Pat finds herself immersed in the bloody world of immigrant smuggling, body parts trafficking, and money laundering, and the target of a killer.Safe Harbor, a first novel by Rosemary McCracken is a moving story of human relationships and the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her family In addition, it is filled with suspense and action from page one McCracken demonstrates a mastery of her craft that is seldom found in the first effort, with characters that you immediately love or hate, and action scenes that ratchet the tension to stratospheric levels.We often think of good thrillers as books we can sink our teeth into, but this is one that will sink its teeth into you and hang on like an angry pit bull If you think the life of a financial advisor is all about spread sheets and stock movements think again Pat Tierney is a protagonist to keep an eye out for