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In October 2004, the island of Nantucket, home to some of America's richest families, was the scene of a shocking murder. Safe Harbor is the story of what happened. 8-page photo insert. Martin's Press....

Title : Safe Harbor: A Murder in Nantucket
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ISBN : 9780312938284
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Safe Harbor: A Murder in Nantucket Reviews

  • Julie Cavasos
    2019-06-18 21:01

    I finally got through this one. Kind of depressing. The only reason I finished it was because I started it. I hate putting a book down that I started.

  • Jenn
    2019-05-24 01:14

    A much different true crime book than I would normally read. It has no trials, no views from police officers and no lawyers. At the time of writing Toolan was yet to be tried for this murder. There was a lot of history involved - both family history and geographical history. I do hope that Toolan was found guilty and sentenced to life for his selfish act of murder.

  • Koren
    2019-06-16 01:06

    This was a very interesting True Crime book. The victim is a likable and interesting person. There is only one thing I didnt like about this book and that is the fact that it was written before the trial and verdict. I'm not sure why authors do that. Maybe to get the book out why the murder is still fresh in people's minds. I dont know. There is a lot of description and history about Nantucket in this book, which was interesting.

  • Shira Selkovits
    2019-06-12 20:10

    2.5 stars. Even more interesting than the crime is learning about the history and culture of Nantucket. McDonald paints an exhaustive picture of both the victim, Beth Lochtefeld and accused murderer, Tom Toolan. Beth's upbringing, education, and career path are extensively explored and actually quite fascinating. Ultimately, I wish this book had been written after the trial instead of before. I now have to go and look up everything that happened!

  • Elaine Crockett
    2019-05-24 03:04

    Thought it was great. Accidentally gave it a one star the first time around. Don't know how that happened.

  • Sherry Haning
    2019-06-06 00:02

    A well written partly sad story of a remarkable woman!

  • Sally A.
    2019-06-16 02:03

    This is the story of Thomas Toolan III's murder of Elizabeth ("Beth") Lochtefeld in October of 2004. I was a little annoyed by the book's sloppy editing-- a few typos and repetition of information. I was also a little disappointed that the author's writing ended after Toolan was arrested. He offers no information on how Toolan was punished. Nevertheless, the book gave a detailed account of the incident, as well as a double biography-- of the killer and victim. Both people were New Yorkers.The killer (Tom) had been an alcoholic since high school. He had had a few other relationships with women in which he was a jealous, abusive liar.The victim (Beth) was, at 44 years old, still looking for a lifelong mate. It was unclear why she couldn't find a permanent significant other.An acquaintance of Beth's had innocently set up Tom and Beth, even though she was aware of Tom's sordid past. Beth was so desperate for a man, she rationalized away his lies and abusive behavior for a few weeks. Finally, Beth told him she was breaking it off with him. He wouldn't accept that.In the end, Tom flew to Nantucket, bought a fishing knife, and walked straight into Beth's rented cottage and killed her. Sadly, her aikido skills at the time were insufficient to fend him off and save herself.

  • Sandy
    2019-06-20 23:13

    This was such a sad story. I really wanted Beth to get away and find happiness in this life. It seemed such a tragedy that she worked so hard and was such a success just to have Tom Toolan take advantage of her and then take away her life. What a sad excuse of a haman being he was.I believe this is the first time I had read one of Brian McDonald's books, but I found it an easy read. I enjoyed the book and the description of Nantucket took me there.

  • Erika
    2019-05-30 03:09

    I couldn't tell what the point of the book was. It sounded like the author was smitten with the victim, but most of his information on her seemed to come from her memorial website. It seemed like most of the information on both the victim and murderer came from news stories, tabloids, and the memorial website. He had interviews with some of the friends and family of the two, but the book seemed to be a compilation of information gleaned from other written materials. Kind of a slow read.

  • Christine
    2019-06-20 21:09

    Well, I was all life long a big Nantucket fan, so when I found this book at our local library about a murder case that happened on Nantucket in 2004, I had to read it.I read mixed reviews about the book, but really enjoy reading it (am on page 100 now).It's fascinating (and that's more than I can say about lots of books that i started reading lately and then skipped after 100 + pages).

  • John
    2019-06-14 01:11

    Being roughly the same age as the murder victim, and familiar with Nantucket - although her path and mine never (directly) crossed - I found the book well-researched. Author stresses that the McMansion-strewn island of today does not represent Beth's Nantucket, which is an important point. Definitely recommended.

  • Jeannie
    2019-06-17 20:20

    Frightening true crime story of a woman who had it all and then chose the wrong man. I really enjoyed reading about Beth's life growing up and learning more about Nantucket. The book concentrated more on that than the crime itself so that made it stand out for me. Most true crime books follow the same pattern and that gets old for me after awhile. This one didn't.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-16 00:58

    Interesting true story about the life and tragic ending (murder) of Beth Lochtefelds (self made millionaire) life.The story at times did not flow too well. Quite a bit of jumping around and going off on tangents. But overall a good read.

  • Rita
    2019-06-20 02:16

    This woman who worked so hard all her life and had everything took a chance on love. Unfortunately, she picked the wrong guy and what transpired from there was riveting and I couldn't read it fast enough. It is a must read story that has all the elements. I recommend this book.

  • Michael
    2019-06-01 23:12

    Had to read this to prep for Sins & Secrets: Nantucket. From the book, I found out that Nantucket isn't so safe. From being on the island, I found out that many of the people there are pretentious assholes. I rue them.

  • Dennis Willingham
    2019-06-17 04:20

    Not a bad book, just not what I look for in true crime. Very little on the detauks if tge crime and because of it's nature its solution, ok background on the killer, and a somewhat loving biography of the victim that I hope the family finds some comfort in.

  • Abby
    2019-05-21 20:22

    Though a well written book, I could've done without the random history lessons. I liked reading Beth's story best. She was a true inspiration.

  • Seann Mulcahy
    2019-05-21 23:00

    It's not Nobel-prize winning, but it's a nice, quick vacation-time read, especially for anyone who's spent any time on the island.

  • Suzie Flohr
    2019-05-31 23:16

    I loved this book. I felt like I knew the people and family. I also like how it wasn't about the court case.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-22 20:02

    This book was easy to get into and seemed like a fast read but it was lacking the fact of keeping my attention half way through.

  • Karen
    2019-06-16 01:26

    This is a true-crime book. The alleged murderer is on trial right now! So I got the book from the library.

  • Naomi
    2019-06-10 21:06

    I'm a fan of True Crime books, but I had to force myself through this one. Bogged down by chapters and chapters of boring and tedious minutiae.

  • Eileen Granfors
    2019-06-05 23:09

    Fascinating portrait of a lovely place, family , woman. Way too much filled, easily skipped.

  • Gerry
    2019-05-22 21:17


  • Maure Briggs
    2019-05-31 22:05

    Fascinating !

  • Allie rademacher
    2019-06-01 01:19

    It was hard to understand