The Safe Room

The Safe Room The New England suspense author s Blind Spot See No Evil etc first venture into hardcover fiction blends several themes and genres into a m lange that may have a difficult time finding an audience Sha

  • Title: The Safe Room
  • Author: Barbara A. Shapiro B.A. Shapiro
  • ISBN: 9780786230129
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The New England suspense author s Blind Spot See No Evil etc first venture into hardcover fiction blends several themes and genres into a m lange that may have a difficult time finding an audience Shapiro gives the reader a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a ghost story and social history both contemporary and pre Civil War The diary of Sarah Harden provides insighThe New England suspense author s Blind Spot See No Evil etc first venture into hardcover fiction blends several themes and genres into a m lange that may have a difficult time finding an audience Shapiro gives the reader a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a ghost story and social history both contemporary and pre Civil War The diary of Sarah Harden provides insight into the courage, convictions and trials endured by Underground Railroad sympathizers in Lexington, Mass while a parallel story marks the progress or lack of that haunts Lee Seymour, a descendant of the Hardens, a proud abolitionist family As Sarah s diary reveals details of the tragic love that developed between her and a runaway slave, Silas Person, in the late 1850s, Lee is busy helping her grandmother oversee the paperwork, repairs and reconstruction necessary to have Harden House made part of the Harriet Tubman Network to Freedom National Park Assisting Lee is Trina Collins, a recovering addict from the Cambridge rehabilitation center where Lee works, SafeHaven Activities both ghostly and human affect the progress being made on Harden House, and the violent past hidden for than 100 years seems to have given birth to a new cycle of violence An effective writer, Shapiro handles the strains of her story quite well, though her reliance on the paranormal aspects of her plot may not appeal to mystery purists Agent, Nancy Yost.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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    1. Barbara A. Shapiro B.A. Shapiro

      AKA B A Shapiro and Barbara Shapiro.I am the author of six novels The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes , four screenplays Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes and the non fiction book, The Big Squeeze In my previous career incarnations, I have directed research projects for a residential substance abuse facility, worked as a systems analyst statistician, headed the Boston office of a software development firm, and served as an adjunct professor teaching sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University I like being a novelist the best.I began my writing career when I quit my high pressure job after the birth of my second child Nervous about what to do next, I said to my mother, If I m not playing at being superwoman any, I don t know who I am My mother answered with the question If you had one year to live, how would you want to spend it The answer write a novel and spend time with my children And that s exactly what I did Smart mother.After writing six novels and raising my children, I now live in Boston with my husband Dan and my dog Sagan And yes, I m working on yet another novel but have no plans to raise any children.

    135 thoughts on “The Safe Room”

    1. Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. This is a book that I am conflicted about. In terms of a love story, it doesn’t quite work. In terms of how the modern day plot was resolved anyone can see the whodunit before the main character. And yet, and yet. The historical fiction part of the novel is so damn good. I hate it when this happens because it makes so hard to review the book. So let’s take them separately. The modern part of the novel is about Lee and her grandmother’s house, which has a som [...]

    2. One star means I didn't like it. One can choose not to like something for many different reasons, and my reason is highly personal. I felt that the author's liberal biases came through in an extremely heavy-handed way. For example, we are told all white people are racist, simply because we are white. Nice. And racist. [POSSIBLE SPOILER] And the bad guys are the conservatives. *rolls eyes* I'm so over that. It's so unimaginative as well as, in the case of the modern-day crime, extremely unbelieva [...]

    3. I received an ARC from the Publisher, Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review."The Safe Room" is a story within a story. As you read about the Harden family of today, you are also reading about the history of the Harden family and the Harden house which was part of the "Underground Railroad" helping runaway slaves to safety during the revolution. The love affair between Silas Person, an injured runaway that was staying with the Hardens, and Sarah Harden that com [...]

    4. Historical fiction mixed with suspense and mystery. A story that moves from present day, Lee Harden, works at a rehab facility while living in her grandmother's 150 yo home that was a part of the Underground Railroad. Through a diary written in 1860's, her great, great, great, grandmother Sarah Harden reveals a family secret. I enjoyed this book!

    5. Through Sarah Harden's diary, we follow the story of her generation who were helping slaves escape during the civil war, and present day descendant Lee Seymour who lives in the house with Gram, who wishes to have Harden House included in the Underground Railroad Trail. A ghost of the past is believed to cause a death in the present day and race prejudices of the past affect Lee in the present day story. Its an interesting historical novel, which i enjoyed. Reading the diary interspersed with the [...]

    6. premierbookreview.wordpress.cI was invited to read and review this book by the publisher. Needless to say, when I got the email inviting me to read The Safe Room I was super excited. I had read The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro and really enjoyed it, the opportunity to read her newest book (or so I thought) was thrilling. I was a little dismayed when I logged onto and noticed that the original publication date was 2002, hmmm must be a reprint. But that does not change the fact that The Safe Room w [...]

    7. On Book Riot today, Maddie Rodriguez wrote about "phrases that trigger my 'shut up and take my money' response," i.e descriptions which immediately identify a book as one I want to read. For Ms. Rodriguez, those phrases include "set in 19th century London" and "genre mash-up"; I love mysteries and the supernatural, so when Open Road Media invited me to read and review a book set in "a world in which murder and ghosts are all too real," I was hooked. I am happy to report that B.A. Shapiro's The S [...]

    8. A Stop on the Underground Railroad, Ghosts, Murder, and a Love StoryLee Seymour is twenty-seven and feels like she's finally grown up. She has a job at Safe Haven, a Cambridge rehabilitation center for addicts, and she lives with her grandmother, Clara, in the old Harden House. Harden House was a stop on the underground railroad for runaway slaves in the 1850's. Today Clara with the help of Lee and her cousin Bonnie, is preparing the house for inclusion in the Harriet Tubman Network to Freedom N [...]

    9. I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.You know I am not too big on historical books or even this kind of genre, but when I was offered the chance to read it I figured why the hell not. Jump right on in and give it a chance the worst thing is that I don't enjoy it and I can always just put it to the side.Instead I got into the book. I loved the back and forth P.O.V. from Sarah while writing in her diary to the present of Lee who lives in the house and is having it restored. [...]

    10. The story sways from Lee in the present to Sarah in the past. At the centre of both stories is Harden House, the house of Lee’s ancestors, which now belongs to her grandmother.The past tells the story of a forbidden love and the hypocrisy of a person, who says one thing and thinks another. Both Sarah and Lee have to battle the repercussions of the tragic events Sarah’s father and Lee’s ancestorSarah’s father reacts in a way that makes her question all her beliefs about him. Silas was rig [...]

    11. The Safe Room is two parallel stories. The first, told through her diary, is that of Sarah Harden, the daughter of a Massachusetts abolitionist whose home is a stop on the Underground Railroad. The second story is of Lee Seymour, the modern day descendant of Sarah. Lee is helping her grandmother rehab the ancestral home Hayden House to be included on the Harriet Tubman Network to Freedom Park. Sarah’s diary details the attitudes, prejudices and times she and her father live in. It is also a c [...]

    12. Have you ever tried to wrestle with a ghost? Lee Seymour sees her grandmother, Clara, in the basement of Harden house, shoveling dirt into the old unfinished tunnel which had been intended to become part of the Underground Railroad system. Lee watches in horror as her grandmother pulls the shovel as if someone is trying to take it. Lee sees the image of a strong black man pulling against her grandmother. Then, her very healthy grandmother dies on the spot. Was she scared to death or was there so [...]

    13. Given To Me For An Honest ReviewThe Safe Room by B. A. Shapiro is a book with two stories going between one from the past and one in the present day. Once you open this book it will grab you and hold you down and then those pages will turn and turn some more until you get to the last page. You'll find some twists and turns thrown in. The story is so interesting and fascinating that it will be hard to put down. This is about the Harden family history and the Harden house that was part of the Unde [...]

    14. Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Safe Room by B.A. Shapiro. In exchange I am providing my honest review.Not long ago I read the Art Forger by the same author and was highly impressed. I found the writing sophisticated, the story compelling and there were plenty of moral dilemmas that I found thought provoking. Unfortunately,The Safe Room did not meet my expectations, given my enthusiasm from my previous read. The Safe Room involves two tales, one surrounding Lee the other [...]

    15. This is a story about a house involved in the Underground Railroad and the family who lived in it.As a lover o history and historical novels, I was excited to read The Safe Room, especially since it was Black History Month. However, I was disappointed. While the author includes a clear picture of the conflict between pre-civil war pro- and anti-slavery forces in New England, the story did not ignite the passion I look for in this genre.I felt like I was reading two different stories. The conflic [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this book, I am a massive fan of historical fiction and I loved how the author merged the historical aspects of this book with the modern and told a story, within a story. The main love story within the book is of Sarah and Silas, who has a black heritage and is looking for help after escaping from areas high in slavery. The book is set at the time when the vote was coming through to eradiacte this, but it wasn't in time to save Silas. The modern aspect of the books is very good [...]

    17. A superb mingling of history and current times, normal and paranormal. For those of you who do not speak Bostonian being Bullshit at someone means being very pissed off at them. A very old house once used as a safe stop for slaves seeking freedom is passed down through generations. Stories from the past are also passed down and their impact on current events becomes a major part of the scene. A ghost from the past, seemingly a murdered slave, haunt the present day inhabitants. Along with the sto [...]

    18. “The Safe Room” tells separate two stories, one set in the present and one set during the 1850’s. The historical section, which focused on slavery and the Underground Railroad was well done but the present day section didn’t hold my interest. It seemed like the book was trying to cover too many genres - historical fiction, romance, mystery, and the paranormal, and the historical aspect was the only one I found compelling. Thank you to Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley for an advan [...]

    19. Underground Railroad Mystery: There were many things I liked about this book: the switch in narrative time; learning about one family's experience with being a safe house; the natural comparisons of "slavery" then and now; and the well-drawn lead characters. However, there were also things I didn't like: some unrealistic plot twists; the multiple typos throughout the book; the ending. Not my favorite book by this author, but still worth a read.

    20. The book was definitely a slow start and I found that I struggled with the main character, Lee. She was like able enough but not relatable. And How the diary was split up with the modern day story really made it hard to get into either story-it just didn't mesh like other works in this genre have. That being said, when I finally did get drawn in, the story of Sarah and Silas was interesting as well as the small twist of Levi/Ulysses. Overall, it was ok, but not enthralling

    21. This book is well-written and seems to be historically accurate. The characters are realistic and the interactions between them, both in the present and in the past, add to the story. Nonetheless, the story drags enough to make it dull. There are few surprises as most everything that happens is foreshadowed.

    22. I received this arc from Netgalley. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I was going to. Once I got in to it, it was hard to put down. Definitely a page turner. I think this book has a little something for everyone. I will look for other books by this author.

    23. Another book recommended by a patron and I loved it. It doesn't seem to be very popular at all and I think it's a great book. I read it twice.

    24. Very interesting book. I lover Shaprio's book. This one keep me guessing until the very end. It was a fast but very good read.

    25. Great book, I love her style of writing. It is a very fast but good read. Many twist and turns that keep you guessing until the end.

    26. Even though I don't like ghost stories, I did enjoy this book. The mystery has a surprising ending and there is a bit of romance. I recommend it.

    27. Page TurnerHer books are paced very well and are quick, entertaining reads. I will likely read more of her stuff soon.

    28. Ugh! What a disappointment! Enjoyed Art Forger and thought this might be similar. Instead Trotsky written, appallingly transparent plot and ridiculous paranormal elements.

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