Image of Safe Keeping

SAFE KEEPING

Image of Safe Keeping

An ironic twist at the end does not alleviate the predictability of the conclusion. The resolution of some relationships is more meaningful, but the journey is rather sluggish. Although the mother and sister are under undue stress, they make some illogical decisions.

Thirty-four-year-old Tucker Lebay is a person of interest in the murders of two girls he’s known since high school. His family is rallying to give him the support he needs to maintain his innocence — except for his father, Roy. Roy locked Tucker in a closet when he was four while Roy was in the throes of a post-traumatic stress episode. Since then, he feels he’s given the boy every chance with little success. Tucker’s sister and brother-in-law take him into the family’s construction company, but that situation is causing them to lose business, further aggravating Roy. Tucker’s mother calls on friends for assistance, which only serves to put her in hot water with her husband. Tucker brings other suspects to light and eases the tension. (MIRA, Apr., 320 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown