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  1. says:

    I am not sure if I love the title of SA Lelchuk s all action debut thriller, but I found it a pulse pounding, tense and thrilling read For a start, the central character of Nikki Griffin is so compelling with her heartbreaking personal history It is this background that has made her what she is today, a kick ass woman who will do whatever it takes below the radar to ensure that abused women gain safety and receive justice, a justice that Nikki has no compunction about meting out to the abusers She rides her beloved Aprilia motorbike, and carries various items on her person to guarantee she is no victim, with the skills and expertise to fight her way out of most scenarios Set in Oakland, California, Nikki operates out of her popular secondhand bookshop, The Brimstone Magpie, with various book groups meeting there Nikki is a PI, taking on a raft of cases, from surveillance of cheating partners to interesting cases, like the one Gregg Gunn has just offered her.Gunn is a tech CEO of Care4, a cutting edge surveillance baby monitor company, and he turns to Nikki, worried that one of his employees, Karen Li, is passing on corporate technological developments to outside parties As Nikki follows Karen, something does not make sense, Karen is meeting what looks like very dangerous men, and she looks terrified Nikki breaks her cover when a life or death situation arises to save Karen, but tragedy ensues that has her feeling rage and guilt As Nikki races against time to prevent a unknown predicted calamity, she decides to go it alone to get to the truth of what is going on, rejecting the notion of working with the FBI She is going to need all the help she can get in what turns out to be a complex and highly dangerous investigation For that, she turns to good friends and contacts that include ex journalist Charles Miller, motorbike enthusiast Buster, and Oliver, a shadowy concerned employee of Care4, a colleague of Karen s.Lelchuk has created a fabulously compelling central protagonist in Nikki Griffin, a psychologically disturbed woman with her heart in the right place as we see her helping Zoe, an abused woman She is receiving counselling that she is forced to endure, although it seems to be making some progress Nikki s past has resulted in her only family being her brother, Brandon, a heroin addict that she tries to protect from the horrors of his nightmares She develops a budding relationship with Berkeley English graduate, Ethan, but who she is often undermines and threatens the possibility of building committed long term relationships One of my most favourite things about this novel is the literary allusions and references littered throughout the narrative, such as the Dickens reference in the name of the bookshop This is a wonderfully entertaining read, so okay you have to suspend disbelief, but hey, this is fiction Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for an ARC.


  2. says:

    A vigilante heroine who loves books Heck yeah.This was as suspenseful as it was thrilling, with a badass heroine who did what needed to be done to get the bad guys If you love thrillers but have yet to read this book, then you re in for a great time.


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    I was so set to love Nikki and her double life bookseller by day, badass PI and righter of wrongs by night, but this book was just OK for me Sometimes it s so obvious and not in a good way when a male author tries to write a female character this was definitely one of those times All the characters needed flushed out I love Ethan, give me of him Nikki has potential, so does Jess I just need I want about their backstory, and what makes them tick.The mystery was good I saw the twists coming a mile away And everything just fit a little too easily for me to really enjoy this book I definitely have some complaints view spoiler Why would Nikki EVER leave Karen by herself for hours She was under the impression that someone just tried to kill her hello But that fit the story And has NO ONE heard of google image search She s supposed to be a PI for pete s sake If she had just looked for those peoples faces, the last half of the book wouldn t have happened again, but that fit the story And Nikki and Jess looking for clues but it has to be here, that s what fits Girl, you don t know that but again, say it with me, that s what fit the story hide spoiler


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    Book Blog BookstagramOpening Hook Pool cues and brass knucklesMain Character Guilt plaguing with tight jeans and a purposePlot Twisty ness A little off the Silicon Valley rails, and I don t mean cocaine.I was committed and ready, and completely open, to falling head over heels in love with Nikki Griffin, bookseller and badass P.I with some serious anger issues.But, unfortunately, this didn t totally live up to everything I wanted it to be Call it a victim of my high expectations if you want, but I found this to be a just okay, middle of the road thriller.The star highlight for me is the main character of Nikki Griffin I think she was complicated but real She came with a dark backstory and a closed off, tough as nails personality that didn t slip away the moment she met a guy For being a novel written by a man, I was pleased to find she didn t talk about how her nipples felt or looked at any moment, since that seems to be a thing male writers are typically preoccupied with when writing female leads Any comments that she makes about her body seemed to me to be in relation to men looking at her and their sexual thoughts, and were less about sexually describing herself.The way Nikki is introduced is pretty canon the whole way through the novel She likes privacy, but she s not dead inside She keeps things close to the chest, but isn t afraid to be vulnerable with the people she trusts She s strong, smart and professionally violent All things I probably am, but just way less cool about it Like, I daydream about breaking a man s arm for hitting a woman, but really I just eat cookies about it.To satisfy the side of herself that longs for justice and appropriate karma, Nikki has found an outlet as a PI who catches dirty men doing bad things and teaches them a lesson when she can She s a little bit like a superhero, but with fewer capes and kicks to the nuts to domestic abusers It s fun and satisfying, and as a woman who has been through domestic violence, it got me hyped Like, yeah KNOCK HIS FUCKING TEETH IN You know, totally regular emotional reactions.Things started to get a little if y for me when the bulk of the storyline was introduced A Silicon Valley CEO hires Nikki to follow an employee whom he suspects of selling proprietary company secrets to competitors.I felt like we left behind the badass, dark and karma centric aspect of the story that I was really digging, to spend time with characters who didn t seem to fit with the tone and over arching theme of the story that Nikki is a conflicted, guilt plagued superhero for battered women and her brother.Instead, she was getting into mob esque danger with smarmy goons and trying to teach the reader about international espionage ish technology that required way too much page time to explain There was even a straight up bad guy monologue scene Do you want to know all my reasons for doing what I did, instead of having naturally figured them out during the investigation LET ME MONOLOGUE before I kill you We got time It was a strange direction to go and ended up feeling convoluted Possible SURE Everything is possible nowadays But an odd direction to take a story about a lowkey PI and booknerd Completely.Maybe if we were three books deep into a series, and needed to go a different direction to spice things up, I could see the reason for the plot direction, but really I was a bit disappointed in how we went from a violent, girl powered story to one about guys in suits doing shitty things for international political reasons.If you like subterfuge and tough female leads this might be a 5 star read for you, but I didn t totally connect with the direction of the storyline The writing is good, the character building is on pointe, but the thriller parts of the story, which were the bulk of it, were a little out there and felt like jamming the wrong puzzle piece into an empty space 3.5 stars rounded up


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    This hardcover copy is signed by S A Lelchuk.


  6. says:

    Save Me from Dangerous Men is S.A Lelchuck s debut novel, and while I had a couple of quibbles with it, for the most part we got along very well.Nikki Griffin, our heroine, is cool, edgy, and in the tradition of all the best detectives, deeply, deeply troubled She s got a penchant for motorcycles, leather, weapons, and books, as well as a fiercely protective side and the skills to back up the trouble her mouth gets her into Between running a bookshop and looking after a brother who never met a needle he didn t like, she still somehow finds the time to operate as a private detective andwe ll call it problem solving.Now, granted, particularly at the beginning of the book, there s moments where she s just a little too cool and sexy in a dangerous way, but by about halfway that settles down a bit It s the kind of thing that hopefully will rub off by the time the second novel comes out, so it was easier to tolerate as temporary And maybe it was the name, but I couldn t stop thinking of Aud, Nicola Griffith s absolutely fantastic character, star of some of the best books I ve had the pleasure of reading They re similar characters, though sorry S.A obviously there s no one else who writes like Nicola Griffiths does So it s a bit of an unfair comparison, but it was one my brain just wouldn t stop making.That said, though, the fact that I m comparing a debut novel to books that would make my top 5, shows that even coming off second best left Nikki Griffin sitting in some rarefied air And once the book settled into itself and stopped trying quite so hard, there s some really great stuff in here No one gets killed just to show how dangerous of a situation the heroine is in view spoiler someone innocent does get killed, but not an expendable friend or beloved pet, it was someone in a legitimately dangerous situation who was killed in service of a conspiracy hide spoiler


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    Save Me from Dangerous Men was an outstanding read with an excellent main character and an engrossing mystery.Nikki Griffin doesn t usually take normal PI jobs, but instead focuses on tracking dangerous men who hurt the women they love and teaching them what it s like to be hurt Nikki s goal is to ensure her clients are free from their abusers forever and Nikki is very good at her job After she is offered a large cash payment to follow a tech company employee who may be selling secrets, Nikki finds it hard to pass up what looks like easy money But after the life of the woman she s following is threatened, Nikki is forced to reveal herself and she attempts to help the woman When a rendezvous with the woman goes wrong, Nikki isn t just trying to solve a case any, she s trying to save her own life.I found Nikki to be a fascinating main character and I was easily drawn in by her story, eager to know how she came into her line of work After learning Nikki s backstory, I understood why she did the work she did and I fully supported her endeavor One aspect of her work that I found interesting was how Nikki tailored each job based on the experiences of the client For example, if her client received a broken wrist from her abuser then Nikki made sure said abuser was given a broken wrist during her interactions with them It was very much an eye for an eye mentality and I found myself supporting her brand of justice.The work Nikki does for the tech client was quite different from her normal work but there was some overlap in the skills she used Through her normal jobs, Nikki has become an excellent observer as she often needs to follow people for extended periods to learn their routines Nikki relies heavily on her ability to observe while surveilling Karen and I found myself enjoying the different techniques she employed Nikki had a few contacts that have helped her in the past and I enjoyed the supporting cast in this book as they re all quite unique The story did ultimately end up going in a few directions I didn t expect and I was quite surprised by the ending as I had a different theory as to who was behind everything.Overall I found Save Me from Dangerous Men to be an exciting read from start to finish with plenty of action to keep the plot moving I highly recommend this book and I m looking forward to reading from the author in the future I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  8. says:

    Intriguing female detective and an interesting, relatively credible backstory Yet, this modern detective thriller suspense novel, with its early promise, ultimately faces the dreadful predicament of predictability as well as what seemed to me a few too many implausible jumps and gaps in time.I am still searching for depth, cunning and precision in the modern detective novel I am beginning to wonder if the combo is nearly extinct besides Harry Bosch who is getting a little less credible the further into retirement he goes.


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    Move over Jack Reacher, Nikki Griffin is on the job Like Reacher, Nikki doesn t go looking for trouble She owns a bookstore and loves to help customers find just the right book and loves to banter about book trivia with the groups that meet at her store However, she has a dark past and can t just stand by and watch women be abused when she is smart enough, strong enough and fierce enough to convince the men in their lives that she is their worst nightmare and they need to get lost, permanently Her reputation as a fixer has gotten around and when she reluctantly accepts a job to follow a woman suspected of corporate espionage, Nikki encounters some truly dangerous men Murder and mayhem follow Nikki as she attempts to unravel a mystery beyond her comprehension and get justice for a women who she could not protect Intelligently written and fast paced, I dug into this book, couldn t read it fast enough, and then didn t want it to end.


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    Opening chapter has Nikki being a pool shark and I was loving EVERY SINGLE BIT OF IT As a woman who has competed in pool and has gone through that gambit of men being dicks until they realize you can play well, let s just say that this scene was very realistic and I loved seeing it come to life on these pages.I was captured from the very beginning and this was quite the ride Nikki is damaged and has a pretty terrible past that led her to help women who are being abused and to be a somewhat amateur detective Her skill set is outstanding and this woman can FIGHT I actually was grinning at some of the things that she did to those who deserved it Then she gets pulled into a case that basically explodes and she has to try and find a way out, but on her own terms It s action upon action and the short chapters keep this book moving at a fairly fast pace.The author does a good job of not only keeping us in the present but then giving us Nikki s past so we get an understanding of why she is the person that she is Her relationship with her brother is a bit torrid but underneath her steely exterior is a soft heart and anyone who crosses those she cares about well, you don t want to be on the bad side of this woman She deals with her demons but she wants to be loved just like everyone else in the world Ethan is understanding than any man I ve ever met and I really liked him for Nikki.Look, I love books with strong female leads I m that girl who will order the lumberjack breakfast so it s nice to see that side in a read While some things were a bit too good to be true and questionable, I did not care The ending was a bit too tied in a pretty bow for my taste but that did not take away at all from my enjoyment of this book I will absolutely be continuing the series as I think that this debut novel is just a hint as to what Lelchuk will be giving us and I can only see it getting better moving forward.Thank you Flatiron Books for this copy.


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