[Text Message]: “I Think I’m in Over My Head”

Safe (2018)

As any parent knows, we would do anything to keep our children Safe. But sometimes we can go too far. *Spoiler Alert* for the video below…

I think I’m getting the hang of Harlan Corben’s writing, after this third mini-series. Here are the elements:

The Hero

As always, the main protagonist is a white male who is faced with a mystery to unravel. He might or might not be a father, too. He has a best friend who helps him solve the mystery.

The Sidekick

This best friend is also going to be an enigma, of sorts. He will have a mysterious past, and a confusing present, but he will always be available to help drive the protagonist around, if so needed.

The Lover/Wife/Other Woman

It’s a strange feeling to watch a man begin to doubt someone he loves. In Gone for Good, his girlfriend had a risky past life. In The Stranger, his wife disappears, forever, after pulling a con on him years before. In Safe, his wife has been dead a year, but her teenage past is part of the mystery to unravel.

Someone is Missing and/or Murdered

There gets to be a feeling after a while that I’m watching Midsomer Murders on PBS. So many people end up dead that it’s a wonder there are any inhabitants of the area left to carry on living. This series was filmed near Chester, so the scenery was familiar, without being too obvious. (I’ve been to Chester and Speke near Liverpool, so I know what that part of the UK looks like.) The missing part is the mystique of the writing. Sometimes, the missing person is the teenage child of the hero, as in this series.

Children Figure Strongly in the Plot

Normally, children in murder mysteries are just window dressing. In Coben’s stories, they drive the plot, sometimes getting into scrapes, sometimes helping their dad find the missing person. It’s a unique twist to have so much of a story centred on the children, especially one, like this series, which involves a very messy teenage rave. (In hindsight, it’s totally unrealistic that the hostess, Sia, could have cleaned up the mess before her parents got home. She is also the loose cannon…)

Slightly Bent Cops

Do all police officers and inspectors turn a blind eye to crimes committed by the hero? That’s the message we get from the Coben story lines. And, how about the buddy team of two surgeons (Tom and Pete) going around, breaking into places, beating up some bad guys and never paying the price for it. (Well, Pete does get stabbed, but never mind that.)

Lots of Sexy Stuff

There is so much infidelity going on, I wonder if Coben is sorting out his love life through writing.

The Use of Cellphone Technology

It’s a fact: with mobile phones, no one is really lost forever, as long as the battery holds a charge.

The Twisty Ending

Is it possible to write a murder mystery without a twist at the end? I suppose not, since the point of the story is that you cannot tell all through the series who is really the good person and who is the bad one.


Here is the preview:

Sophie: “One thing you learn in my job, no one knows anyone, not really.”

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to cdsmiller17@gmail.com. (And, in case you are also interested, I have an extensive list of celebrity birth and death details if you wish to 'confirm' what you suspect may be a past-life experience of yours.) Bless.
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