Today (Tuesday), it occurred to me that other than taking Daisy outside periodically, I haven't left my house since last Friday! The time has gone fairly quickly, mainly because I've spent a chunk of it reading SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks.
Is Nicholas Sparks a romance writer? Although his books can surely be classified as "women's fiction" I think his work is on a higher level than the romance genre. While I don't find his books unusually thought provoking,
he is a master storyteller.
We're all familiar with his works:
THE NOTEBOOK (I thought the movie was better than the book)
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
THE LAST SONG
He writes the kind of books that are perfect for reading during a few snowbound days, or days at the beach.
SAFE HAVEN is probably my favorite of the books I have read by Sparks.
Its the story of a young woman, Katie who begins a new life for herself in Southport, a small eastern North Carolina town. (Sparks himself lives in NC.) Her life begin to take shape as Katie finds a job, a place to live, makes a friend with a neighbor Jo, meets and gradually falls in love with
Alex, a widower with two small children. All this is contrasted with the life she left behind.
SAFE HAVEN deals frankly with the horrors of abusive marriage, the situation Katie has fled from and her fear of being found by her husband Kevin. He is a detective in Boston and very good at his job, so Katie's fears are credible. The story builds and becomes a real page turner.
As is often the case with Spark's novels, there's a little twist at the end.
The book has a very satisfying ending, but I'm not sure it needed that last twist.
Have you read it? What do you think?