The Safe Room by Barbara Shapiro

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From the bestselling author of The Art Forger

This psychological thriller follows the doomed love affair of Silas Person, a runaway slave riding the Underground Railroad, and Sarah Harden, the daughter of a famous abolitionist. Sarah and Silas’s story is intertwined with that of Lee Seymour, a modern-day descendant of the Harden family who must suddenly grapple with a world in which murder and ghosts are all too real.

How long can murder haunt a family? Until the wrong is put right and the victim is able to rest in peace. Set in Lexington, Massachusetts, The Safe Room is a story of such a murder and such a haunting. A psychological thriller, the tale toggles between the eve of the Civil War and the present day. It follows the doomed love affair of Silas Person, a runaway slave riding the Underground Railroad, and Sarah Harden, the daughter of a famous abolitionist. Sarah and Silas’s story is intertwined with that of Lee Seymour, a modern-day descendant of the Harden family who must suddenly grapple with a world in which murder and ghosts are all too real.
 
The Safe Room is a suspenseful tale that employs love and the paranormal to explore the ugliness of injustice and the beauty of human hope.

“Blends several themes and genres . . . Shapiro gives the reader a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a ghost story and social history.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Barbara Shapiro has proved her mastery of the suspense thriller.” —William Martin, New York Times–bestselling author
 
“One of the best of the new breed of suspense writers—Barbara Shapiro is definitely one to watch!” —Lisa Scottoline, New York Times–bestselling author
 
“Increasingly eerie connections with the past, a missing bracelet, and murder make this a recommended choice for readers of psychological suspense.” —Library Journal

B.A. Shapiro is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger, five additional novels, four screenplays, and a nonfiction book. She is the recipient of the 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction, a 2013 Massachusetts Must-Read Book award, and a 2012 Boston Globe Best Crime Book award. Shapiro was also nominated for a 2013 Massachusetts Book Award. She lives in Boston and is working on her next novel. 
 

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Published April 1, 2014 by Open Road Distribution. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Underlying current racial tensions cause Lee and the cops to question the role played by Gram’s secretary, Trina, an ex-junkie and resident of SafeHaven, but the real blame rests closer to home, courtesy of a motive somewhat less believable than the ferocious appearances of Silas.

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As Sarah's diary reveals details of the tragic love that developed between her and a runaway slave, Silas Person, in the late 1850s, Lee is busy helping her grandmother oversee the paperwork, repairs and reconstruction necessary to have Harden House made part of the Harriet Tubman Network to Free...

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