Beth Lochtefeld had earned her multi-millionaire dollar success in the bustling Manhattan but she was looking for something more when she moved to an elite community on Nantucket – a husband, children, a beautiful home.
When she met Tom Toolan, Beth believed she’d met her the perfect made to make all of her dreams come true. She even told her family and friends she was certain Tom was “the one.”
But then the Golden Boy facade began to slip and Beth suddenly saw the signs she had been missing and came to the sad realization Tom wasn’t all he claimed to be.
Brian McDonald’s 2006 true crime Safe Harbor is one more story of a good girl who meets a bad boy that results in her death because of his alcoholism and resulting obsessions and violent tendencies but this book offers something a little different in that readers get a clear, concise mental view of the areas of which the victim and accused resided and frequented without sacrificing the much-wanted details of their history.
Many times a past-to-present alternating chapters style is a bit hard to follow, but McDonald does a fantastic job of making it all meld together in a story where the past is the present. The presentation of alternating chapters focused on victim-then-accused is also a superb presentation which individualizes as well as entwines the two most important people.
There is one disappointing factor, however: it was completed before the accused stands trial. In my personal opinion, you cannot write a true crime unless you have the ending of the initial trial, at least and leaves readers wondering what the heck happened. Fortunately, in this case, McDonald makes numerous references to Beth’s Memorial website, which provides a places for readers to go for the latest updates.
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