Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
I believe I saw a trailer for this upcoming movie, which got me interested in reading this book. It is very. very suspenseful and I can see it being a suspenseful movie as well.
Katie is a mysterious woman who comes to a small town in South Carolina, setting herself up in a small cottage and working at a local restaurant. She quickly develops a friendship (and then of course, more than a friendship) with a man who owns the local general store. He is a widow with 2 young children and gracefully accepts that she has a past she is running from.
The past becomes clear as she gradually sheds her terror of her past coming back to haunt her, in the form of her abusive husband from whom she has escaped. The story flashes back and forth from her perspective to her husband’s as it builds into a very nail-bitingly scary crescendo. Even while you can guess at some of the story, there are twists and turns and the writing really does have you on the edge of your seat all the way up to the end. And while some of the details are somewhat gruesome, I imagine that this is the tragic reality of those who really do experience domestic violence.
Now the question is: do I see the movie or not??