Sabine Durrant

Take Me In

"...a clever, complex novel from an author clearly at the top of her game."


A hot beach. A young family on holiday. A fatal moment of inattention... and now Dave Jepsom is in their lives. Dave Jepsom, with his muscles, his pale eyes, his expressionless face. He saved their child. How can they ever repay him? Especially as what he seems to want in return is everything.

He's in the streets they walk down. He's at the office where they work. He's at their front door, leaning on the bell...

If only they could go back. Back to when the lies were still hidden. Before the holiday, before the beach, before the moment that changed everything. Before Dave.

But it's never how it starts that matters. It's always how it ends.

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In 2016, I reviewed Durrant's last book, 'Lie With Me', for Crimesquad. It was a rave review because I absolutely loved the book. When I was given a copy of 'Take Me In', I couldn't wait to get stuck in. Like 'Lie with Me', the central moment in 'Take Me In' happens on a Greek island where Tessa and Marcus are on holiday. It's their first time abroad with toddler son, Josh. Tension between the couple is palpable from the beginning, although it's not immediately clear what's wrong with their marriage. As tension between Tessa and Marcus increases, their carefully built life starts to fall apart. And all the time, Tessa can't help thinking Dave is somehow behind everything that's happening. But what if Tessa's got it all wrong? Durrant cleverly leaves this suggestion hanging as she ratchets up the tension page by page. Like Durrant's previous novels, 'Take Me In' is an expertly plotted psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns to keep you racing towards the end. While lacking the edginess of 'Lie With Me', it's still a cracking novel. And although I saw the final twist before it was revealed, this didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. This is a clever, complex novel from an author clearly at the top of her game.

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