{Bookish Review} Safe & Sound by Alli Hope

Safe & Sound
By: Alli Hope
Published by: Elephantine Publishing on February 22nd 2017
Genres: YA Romance/Thriller (Mature Content)
Source: Review copy

16 year-old, Hailey Perish, knows her life can’t get much worse. Since her dad split a few years ago, Hailey’s mother has spiraled hard and fast, careening toward rock bottom and threatening to take her daughter down with her. Hailey now marks time by evictions, her mother’s poker games, and Saturday School where she voluntarily shows up for weekend detentions to secure her one promised meal of the week. She has no room for relationships, especially with someone like her childhood love and junior class golden boy, Carson Hart. Hailey trusted him once and Carson failed her. She’s determined not to let herself be hurt again.

When Hailey’s mom does the unthinkable and bets her own daughter in a high stakes poker game, Mitch, the loan shark, is all too eager and determined to collect on his debt. To him, Hailey is nothing but property. His property. And he’ll do anything to recover it. On the run from a fate that promises a much worse life than she already knows, there’s only one person in the world Hailey can call for help.

Will Carson be there for her in her darkest hour and deliver her from harm’s way safe and sound? Or will he abandon Hailey—just like he’s always done—just like they all do?

Alli Hope’s debut novel delivers an unforgettable story about love & surviving in the dark places. Safe & Sound contains mature situations and content.
I receive a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Hailey's life went downhill when her father left their family 6 years ago and matters got worse with her mother's drug and gambling addiction. One day, her mother did the unthinkable and Hailey had no choice but to run and she desperately needed help.

Safe & Sound is an enjoyable book which I finished reading within 2 days. Although there are dark themes like rape and drugs in this book which would made me cringe whenever I read those scenes, there are also some lessons for the readers as well.

This book is all about betrayal and how to go about dealing with betrayal, especially the more serious ones. Below is a list of what I've gathered from the book:

  • Do not gamble. You'll end up losing everything you have.
  • Say no to drugs. You'll get addicted and do stupid things.
  • Help your loved ones if they have the 2 problems mentioned above by seeking professional help. Don't wait until it is too late.
  • Check the background of the professionals before you engage them.
As this book contains some mature theme, I would recommend to only those who aree 18 and above, or those mature enough to handle reading them.