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Rosalia is another main character. Rosalia used her cunning skills to escape from the sex business that she was tricked into joining. Rosalia, just as Abdul and Cheslav, fled their native countries in order to pursue better lives elsewhere. Jonah is the ten year old nephew of the nasty man whose England-bound boat they are riding on.

Abdul, Cheslav, Rosalia, and Jonah all meet aboard ship. Abdul, Cheslav, and Rosalia sneaked on the ship. Abdul made friends with Kalil. They both had lots in common, such as music, and they seemed to have formed a healthy friendship. They both planned to flee to Calais, France together; however Kalil was beaten to death right in front of Abdul, while insulting Kalil with homophobic slurs.

The author seems to create a way to connect the reader with Abdul. Ellis can somehow almost make the reader feel what Abdul feels, and what Abdul feels is not good, which is why No Safe Place is such a heart-wrenching book. Once getting onto the ship, Abdul starts to feel as though his life is finally headed in the right direction. This will not be the case, however, as Abdul will very soon learn.

There is a fight, and the smuggler is thrown overboard. The grim circumstances force the main characters to work together, no matter how troubled or different their pasts were. The main characters go from being nearly completely independent from the time they got on the ship, but by the time the voyage was coming to a close they almost became a family that cared for each other. The main characters must overcome even more obstacles and differences, but they eventually come together and help to get the ship to land before it sank, which may be the only bright spot in the entire book.

Once the ship reached England, their long, tough journey came to a close. Deborah Ellis uses her special writing abilities to create a bond between the reader and the main characters, especially Abdul. That is what makes No Safe Place such a hard-hitting novel. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who are not light hearted and who want a book that is very adventurous, though it can be very depressing at the same time. The place shown in the video is the exact same migrant camp that Abdul stayed in.

Sorry that the book title is not underlined. It doesn't seem to transfer from Microsoft Word to Goodreads. I hope you understand. Aug 30, Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: When an altercation at the soup kitchen ends up with Story Decription: When an altercation at the soup kitchen ends up with him accidentally stabbing a policeman, Abdul has to flee, and in desperation he takes a spot in a small boat heading to England. Abdul is a Kurdish refugee from Iraq who at fifteen-years of age has lost everyone in his family through the war and terror that has plagued his homeland.

He meets a boy is own age and they become fast friends, both enjoying playing guitar and loving The Beatles. Abdul first ends up in France where he meets an unlikely group of kids who oddly enough end up making a sort of makeshift family. Rosalia, is a Romani girl who has escaped from the white slave trade but she is one tough cookie; Cheslav, is AWOL from a Russian military school and has an attitude like no other; and Jonah, the ten-year-old nephew of the horrible man whose small boat they are on in France escaping to England.

When a storm suddenly blows up things escalate quickly and become out-of-hand. May 17, E. Anderson rated it really liked it. At fifteen years old he has already lost most of his loved ones to war and terror, and has fled to a small refugee camp in France.

His journey has only just begun, however. France is no safehaven, despite the efforts of local volunteers. There are riots among the refugees, who fight over things like food and shelter, both of which are in short supply. But he has enough money to get to England, if he can only find a way. Abdul knows he has to find a way to England, though, and the choices he makes have not been — and will not be — easy or even pleasant. Slowly, he is able to crack the shells of two of the other teens on board: And the young nephew of the smuggler, an English citizen but as equally outcast as his foreign companions, might manage to keep the group from completely falling apart.

I read the blurb and instantly felt that I had to read 1. I read the blurb and instantly felt that I had to read that book. When I got to the middle of the book I really started to focus on what was really going on.

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At this point Abdul has gone on so many adventures and has met so many people that are helping him get to where he needs to go. Abdul sets on a massive journey to go to England so that he can find a new home. Abdul had left his home with no one, he had lost his Father and his brother in the war. I have just passed the bit were Abdul, Rosalia, Cheslav and Jonah boarded a boat that was owned by a smuggler at the north coast of France to reach England. But as soon as they boarded, they got lost in the sea. The smuggler was abusing his nephew assistant.

In this book the author puts you in their place, homeless teenagers looking for a place that they can live, and a better life. My opinion is that it was a fantastic book. I loved how the book would flash to their lives as kids and how they got there. I really enjoyed this book due to the style that the author Deborah Ellis wrote in. The author wrote this book in a motif theme way.

The story has sections of flashbacks that slowly begin to explain each characters rough past, and how they ended up in there homeless situation in the first place. The only downside of this book is that I thought the author ended the story too early. Every night I would read at least two chapters before I went to bed because it had such a good story line. I have recommended this book to lots of my friends and I hope they read it. Abdul is an illegal immigrant from Iraq who seeks to go to England in search of a better place to live after his father and brothers were killed by the bombings of and his mother's death at the cause of a religious militant.

Cheslav is a Russian who is also an illegal immigrant, who escaped from the Army Cadet Music School in Moscow, where he wanted to escape and go to Australia where his mother had eloped. Rosalia is a Jew whose grandfather escaped the Nazis, and Rosalia was transferred t Abdul is an illegal immigrant from Iraq who seeks to go to England in search of a better place to live after his father and brothers were killed by the bombings of and his mother's death at the cause of a religious militant.

Rosalia is a Jew whose grandfather escaped the Nazis, and Rosalia was transferred to the very same concentration camp where the Jews were first captured, she has escaped is an illegal immigrant hoping to go to England.

They find themselves together when they are on a ship hoping to go to England with a smuggler. But when the smuggler is overboard and dead, they find themselves trying to survive with the smuggler's nephew. I started reading this book because it was the only other Red Maple book available other than Haunting Violet.

I finished this book because near the beginning, there were some flashbacks of Abdul's past, and I wondered if there would be flashbacks of the other people on board. I found this book really touching, especially when the Uzbek went overboard to save Jonah, the smuggler's nephew, and he later died of probably the cold. I'm pretty sure that most people wouldn't risk their lives to save a stranger-I know that I probably won't. I would recommend this book to Gabrielle because she is also in the Red Maple Reading Club, and this is one of the few books that are really realistic and touching. Maybe I'm wrong but Deborah Ellis likes to write about subjects that most other authors don't often write about and in this case, human smuggling.

I think that Deborah Ellis' books are an eyeopener for teens who are transitioning to adult books. Dec 06, Ilsa Bick rated it liked it. If you've followed headlines at all, you know that refugees from various parts of the world go through hell, and a bunch are kids. Ellis's short contemporary follows three orphans--one each from Iraq, Russia and Roma--thrust together purely by chance and circumstance. The plot follows their flight and unlikely friendship.

The writing is very spare and a little understated, which is somewhat problematic. More mature, socially-aware teens will probably find this a tad simplistic, and there have be If you've followed headlines at all, you know that refugees from various parts of the world go through hell, and a bunch are kids.

More mature, socially-aware teens will probably find this a tad simplistic, and there have been other, stronger adult books that look at the same issue Tess Gerritsen's fabulous Vanish, one of the better installments in her long-running Rizzoli-Isles series, jumps to mind. Still, most teens do not follow headlines, haven't a clue what kids without guardians or parents really go through, and are—face it—a little complacent.

This story manages to present its facts baldly and without excessive moralizing and reminds readers: Just depends on your perspective. Got a teen looking for a social agenda? This is a good place to start. Recommended for ages up. Feb 04, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is great! This book is told in the eye of a arab boy named Abdul and Abdul has lost everyone he knew so now he sets on a journey to England to find a home.

Now on the last part of the journey there he is stranded on the boat in the middle of the channel with a Roma girl named Rosalia, a Russian named Cheslav and a young English boy named Jonah. They become fast friends and they face the hardships of being stranded on the boat in the middle of the channel together. I picked this book up b This book is great! I picked this book up because this is a Red Maple book and because it was the only Red Maple book left on the shelve that I haven't read before.

I finished this book because the story and the authors way of writiing drew me in from page one because it was so good. This is probably one of my favourite Red Maple books. I would recommend this book to Aloka because she hasn't read it and I think that she would like it. Deborah Ellis is a master storyteller, that's for sure.

But this is a relentlessly grim story. I expect a lot more sadness before an unhappy ending. Okay, I finished the book. It is sad, but "sad" isn't the best word to describe the book. Better words would be "exciting, violent, thought-provoking. Some young adult readers may want to stop reading all together if the book feels too rough.

In the end, I liked all the characters. I cared about them. It seemed to Deborah Ellis is a master storyteller, that's for sure. It seemed to me that Cheslav and Abdul made choices that led them to be homeless refugees, while Rosalia had no choices. Rosalia was forced into the horrific life of kids on the run. But that's a small point. Basically, all the characters earned my compassion and respect.

Jan 19, Randy rated it liked it Shelves: Three teenagers with three stories from three different countries end up on a boat trying to make its way across the English Channel. As they move forward, their background leading to the predicament in which they find themselves, becomes more clear. Abdul, Cheslav and Rosalia have no one on whom to depend. They have been trying too hard to survive on their own. Will England offer them refuge? I picked this book up because it is a Red Maple nominee and I have liked the previous books that De Three teenagers with three stories from three different countries end up on a boat trying to make its way across the English Channel.

I picked this book up because it is a Red Maple nominee and I have liked the previous books that Deborah Ellis has written. She looks at issues in the world and then tells the stories of children from within those issues. I finished it because the writing is good.

I would recommend this to Larisa and Ms. They would like the social justice aspects behind the characters stories. Dec 13, Stone He rated it really liked it Shelves: This story is about three teenage illegal immigrants trying to get to England. They boarded a boat from a smuggler at the north coast of France to reach England. But as soon as they boarded, they got lost in the sea after they threw the smuggler overboard after he was abusing his nephew assistant.

Although they managed to get on the private yacht that they managed to trade for with the bags of heroin in the boat, they still have to face the patrols and the directions to England. I decided to re This story is about three teenage illegal immigrants trying to get to England. I decided to read this book because since this was a nominated book by read maple and it's one of the books that I didn't read before the school voting so I decided to read this. I finished this book because of the reading challenge I did in goodreads and that the story was good. I would recommend this book for people who would hear stories of determination and courage.

A gripping book, whose raw and vivid descriptions show the ugly side of illegal immigration in modern day Europe.

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Through her writing, though the account is fictional, the author sheds light onto the brutalities of war and social injustice, and in doing so she teaches us about the unfair treatment of many young people around the world. Teachers should be aware that the author does not shy away from tackling difficult and unpleasant subjects such as sexual slavery, xenophobia and racism. No Safe Place Deborah Ellis.


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It was a night without comfort, and without sleep. The rain fell without mercy, and the waves tossed the boat around like a plaything. There were no lights to head for, and there was no rescue coming.

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No one on Earth knew where they were, and no one even noticed that they were missing. In the spirit of The Silver Sword and from the author of the bestselling Parvana series, this heart-stopping story of courage and friendship is based on the true experiences of children, caught up in the refugee jungle of Calais and striving to find a place for themselves in the world. A novel of high adventure and heart-stopping suspense by a writer at the height of her powers.

She also helps with her mom and has recently uncovered a mess of family secrets. She is a prescription pill popper and struggles with alcohol. To her credit she is one darn fine Detective Inspector who y Lottie Parker is not someone I would like to sit down over coffee and chat. To her credit she is one darn fine Detective Inspector who you would really want to investigate your case. This one involves missing women who have one thing thing in common. They all ride the early commuter train from Ragmullin to Dublin. As the investigation unwinds, there is a tie to a disappearance of a woman ten years ago.

It is almost the anniversary of that event which may have triggered current events. Nothing goes easy for Lottie. Her commanding officer goes on sick leave and is replaced by an arch enemy from Dublin. Her mother won't get out of bed. Her daughter and grandson are off to NYC to visit the rich grandfather of the baby and Lottie worries they won't return. Her personal relationship with her partner, Boyd, heats up.

I worry about Boyd because he is such a great guy. She uncovers a connection to a local Tinker family which turns up a storm of discrimination. A very unpleasant family becomes central to the investigation. There is just layer after layer to this character and the story. I get almost breathless with the unrelenting action. Although this is 4 in the series it can be read as a stand alone. If you enjoy nuanced characters and action, this series would be great for you. I could barely out it down and almost wept with frustration when it was over.

Thank you to Net Galley and the author for a copy of this excellent book. It was my pleasure to read it. Mar 20, Eva rated it it was amazing. Hoo boy, can Patricia Gibney spin a tale or what?! The body of a young woman is found in a grave that was most definitely not meant for her. Could this be Elizabeth Byrne, who never made it home after a day's work in Dublin? DI Lottie Parker is called in to investigate.

It soon looks as if there may be a connection to a ten year old cold case. On top of all of that, Lottie has quite a lot going on at home as well. Katie would like to take her son to see his grandfather in New York and Chloe is being your typical teenager. There is Lottie's complicated relationship with Rose and someone she didn't expect to see again returns to the village. Quite frankly, with a few secret vices as well, it's a miracle she's functioning at all. This is one of those series that hooked me right from the start and with each new addition, it just keeps getting better and better.

This case here is a rather disturbing tale of jealousy, prejudice and forbidden love with its roots fixed firmly in the past, as I've come to expect from Patricia Gibney. There is so much going on in this story, my head was spinning. There are various layers and threads that may or may not be connected. I couldn't figure it out at all, especially as there is a rather long list of despicable characters I'd quite happily have throttled myself and each and every one of them makes for a viable suspect.

Very little pleases me more than a story that keeps me guessing until the end. Thoroughly enjoyed this gripping instalment and I can't wait for the next book! If you're not reading these, you definitely should be. Now if only Lottie could just get her act together, that'd be grand. Mar 03, Elaine Tomasso rated it it was amazing. Lottie and the team are thinking about looking for 25 year old Elizabeth Byrne who may have disappeared from the train station when Bridie McWard reports hearing screams from the graveyard two nights before.

Lottie is the only one taking it seriously but even she doesn't expect to find an extra dead body in a grave, just as they are lowering the coffin. When more young women go missing Lottie is drawn to look at the cold case of Lynn O'Driscoll who disappeared in similar circumstances 10 years previously. I thoroughly enjoyed No Safe Place which is a fast paced procedural with plenty of twists and turns. The plot is convoluted with Lottie and the team going down several blind alleys before reaching a solution but it is all well explained and logical so I never felt lost or out of my depth.

The reveals come slowly but at a steady pace so I was gripped from start to finish. The unknown perpetrator makes the occasional appearance but without any hints to his identity it whets the appetite to better understand his motivation. It's all very well done. It is Lottie Parker, however, who makes this series so special.

She is a widow with three teenage children and a grandson living with her so with that and the job there are never enough hours in the day. Her life is fairly disorganised and chaotic at times but she never stops caring or trying her best and it makes her recognisably human. She is a wonderful creation and one of the best characters in crime fiction for it. I would really like to see things go her way for a change. No Safe Place is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending. Mar 15, Monica Mac rated it it was amazing. I have to admit to a soft spot for Lottie Parker.

She is also very real and in each book, the author lets us know that Lottie has hardly had an easy time of it in the past and she battles her demons every day. That makes me like her character even more. There is so much going on in this book, I don't even know where to start. It can easily be read as a standalone but it is much better when the series is r I have to admit to a soft spot for Lottie Parker. It can easily be read as a standalone but it is much better when the series is read in order.

Thanks to an eagle-eyed mourner at a funeral, a young woman's body is discovered at the bottom of an open grave. Who is she, how did she get there and what of the woman who heard screams in the middle of the night? This is far from an easy case and there are a lot of family dynamics which come into play as well, with both victims and suspects. Inbetween trying to solve this case, Lottie has to contend with a hostile supervisor, her mother's odd behaviour and some devastating developments for her family.

This was a real page-turner of a book and I swear my heart stopped on several occasions. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Mar 12, Renita D'Silva rated it it was amazing. Another heart-racing, nail biting, suspenseful crime thriller from this incredible author! She never fails to deliver and with each book gets better and better. She is definitely one of the best crime writers of today and one of my personal favourites. Loved this page turning, stupendously plotted, fast paced story and I am waiting impatiently for the next in this brilliant series.

Mar 09, Diane Hogg rated it it was amazing. Okay that the desperation may just be me, I just love the writings of Patricia Gibney. The day that I found out that No Safe Place was the next Lottie book was bloody memorable, I literally was happy dancing around the internet, the anticipation of getting my hands on a copy was almost unbearable, then bang its there, mine to read.

Okay, okay lets get on and see what Patricia Gibney has in store for us with Detective Lottie Parker in book four. Opening the first pages it clear that Patricia has a flipping amazing plotline evolving throughout the pages of the book. Damn it was hard to leave alone, work, family commitments all wanted to get in the way, but there was no chance that was happening it was my destiny to devour the book in one huge gulp.

A body of a young woman in a freshly dug grave, discovered just as an older woman of Ragmullin is to be laid to rest, there is my slam dunk straight away. It becomes apparent that there are links to the local train station, young women are disappearing, also a similar case years previously bears the same hallmarks, can Lottie and her team solve this grizzly crime and prevent other women from vanishing. Poor Lottie has returned back to work from time off recuperating, nothing is coming easy, her boss is going on a medical leave of absence and the powers that be have decided Lottie is too unstable and volatile to oversee the team.

His successor is a man that will have no qualms in trying to humiliate Lottie. Overall Patricia has produced the ultimate crime book. An unbearable tension, No Safe Place tightens its grip on my imagination, sailing through the pages I became part of Lottie, her sidekick, untangling the clues, waiting for Lottie to direct my attention to the criminal entity. Thank you to Bookouture, Patricia Gibney and Kim Nash for giving me the opportunity to read and review an advanced readers copy of No Safe Place, allowing me to take part in the Blog Blitz.

Jun 06, Pat rated it really liked it. Argh, I'm in full catch up mode now, so short reviews for books I read a while ago. We've had a house full of people including 2 very young grandchildren so its been a bit chaotic. This book was enjoyable although I agree with some other reviewers that it wasn't quite as suspenseful as the earlier books. Apart from the case intriguing , Lottie's personal life is the usual train wreck and I wish she'd get it together.

Nevertheless, all the characters are great and its a great series. Roll on book Argh, I'm in full catch up mode now, so short reviews for books I read a while ago. Roll on book 5. Mar 16, michelle rated it it was amazing. This is the 4th instalment in the Lottie Parker series and what a cracking read it is. I have read all the books in the series and they just get better and better.

The story continues with Lottie Parker and her team investigating the disappearance of Elizabeth Byrne that got off a train from Dublin and an incident where Traveller Bridie McWard reports that she hears a woman screaming from the cemetery next door. Other people thinks she is hearing things but, Lottie is the only one taking her rep This is the 4th instalment in the Lottie Parker series and what a cracking read it is.

Other people thinks she is hearing things but, Lottie is the only one taking her report seriously. They discover as a funeral is just about to take place, a body is found in a freshly dug grave. The story also builds on the relationships between her team especially Boyd, who is always at her side and also the relationship between her mother and her 3 kids, Chloe, Katie and Sean.

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Patricia Gibney has done it again. This is another excellent instalment in the series, which I loved every minute of. The is a captivating page turner that I did not want to put down. I loved how we learnt more about Lottie. Although she got the job done, she was whiter than white cop. She had her flaws. It made her more human and especially when things are stacked up against her. This is grittier then her previous novels but I thought that made it more interesting. Thank you Bookoutre and Netgalley for a copy of this book. Mar 16, Julie Lacey rated it it was amazing.

I love this series and it just gets better and better. Lottie, Boyd and the team are trying to work out who has murdered the woman in the grave when another body turns up and has shocking implications for a cold case from ten years ago. While the hunt for a murderer is on, Lottie must also try and find a missing woman who disappeared after getting off a train. This is a gripping read with a few shocks and twists in store Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

Mar 09, Greta Halliday rated it really liked it. This gripping and complex storyline kept me engrossed from the very first page. Having not read the previous books in the series I was not sure of what to expect but I was not disappointed. Fast paced and full of suspense this was a brilliant read.

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I had not read the first three books in this series but it was perfectly easy to read as a standalone. There were obvious references to things that had happened in previous books for example Lottie getting stabbed, her finding out about her families past and her relationship with Father Joe. Knowing more about these things may have enhanced my reading but it really didn't spoil anything.

A great crime read with many sub plots that kept me gripped enough to stay up into the middle of the night to I had not read the first three books in this series but it was perfectly easy to read as a standalone. A great crime read with many sub plots that kept me gripped enough to stay up into the middle of the night to finish it! I guessed probably two thirds through who the culprit was but I was still eager to turn the pages to find out how it was going to end.

Lottie was a strong character and the things going on in her personal life and the rest of the team will hopefully be followed through in future books in the series. I did rather want to punch McMahon though!! I absolutely loved Patricia Gibney's previous Lottie Parker series and this one definitely didn't disappoint!! A member of the travelling community hears a scream one night coming from the cemetery. Could it be a banshee?? But then a girls body is discovered at the bottom of an open grave during a funeral!! Enter Lottie Parker and of course Boyd! Girls are disappearing after travelling on a train.

Will Lottie discover what's going on before many more deaths?? As well as the criminal and suspensi I absolutely loved Patricia Gibney's previous Lottie Parker series and this one definitely didn't disappoint!! As well as the criminal and suspension around the crimes, on a lighter note we have lotties personal lifeand her up in the air relationship with Boyd. Thanks a million Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this book.

I honestly can't wait for the next one. Mar 28, Joann rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have followed this series from the beginning and just love the dialogue between Lottie and Boyd. It just seems to flow so naturally. I really enjoyed this book which is a fast-paced procedural with lots of surprises. I rarely do a 5 star but I think this one was stellar.