Short story review: The Safe Man
Locksmith Brian Holloway is called to a home to open and remove a safe. The new owner doesn’t want people to think he has valuables in his home and wants the safe opened and the door left at the street so everyone will know it’s no longer serviceable. While he’s working, Brian encounters the owner’s young daughter and speaks with her, commenting that he likes her name. As a matter of fact, his wife is pregnant and if it’s a girl, she’ll be named the same thing.
When the homeowner’s daughter goes missing, Brian is suspected of doing something to her. Even his wife is suspicious of his activities. He becomes frustrated and when he figures things out wishes he’d never opened the safe.
The Safe Man, by Michael Connelly, grabbed me from the very beginning. I was literally on the edge of my seat as I listened to this short story. This story had twists and turns that kept me invested the whole way. I guess it would technically be classified as a ghost story, which I generally don’t read, but now I’m wondering why, because I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Since it’s a short story, there’s not a lot of character development, but I still felt for Brian. I could feel his frustration and, after a while, began to have my doubts about him as well. I finished this story quickly because I just had to know what was going to happen!
I listened to the audio version of The Safe Man – it was very capably narrated by David Collins and lasts about an hour and a half.
Review copy provided by Hachette Books.