‘I’ll Keep You Safe’ is a standalone novel by Peter May mostly set on the Islands of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.
Niamh and Ruairidh grew up in the same small village in Lewis. They were in love with each other for most of their lives and despite conflicts between their two families, they married. They purchased the small Ranish Tweed company and with hard work, skill and luck made the company a huge success.
While Niamh and Ruairidh are on a business trip in Paris, firstly Niamh is informed that her husband is having an affair, then Ruairidh and his suspected mistress are killed by a car bomb which the French police deem to be murder rather than terrorism.
While the police investigate the murder and slowly track the murderer, Niamh returns to Lewis to try to work out how to live her life without the man she loved.
Throughout the novel we are treated to flashbacks of Niamh’s life, with and without Ruairidh to find out how she got to where she was at the time of the murder and hidden in her life was the reason for the murder.
As with most of Peter May’s novels, this one pulled me into the beautiful but harsh life of the Outer Hebrides.
The character of Niamh was brilliantly and sympathetically portrayed to the point where most other characters faded into the background, even the very colourful fashion design and modelling group. The life of Paris murder detective Sylvie Braque was covered to some extent and I was wishing her the best. Lewis policeman Gunn once again featured in this novel.
I love Peter May’s writing, his ability to set an atmosphere and tell a story, and I’m looking forward to his next novel as well as slowly working my way through his Enzo series.