Helen Ames is a successful Chicago novelist who lost her writing muse after her husband Dan dropped dead in the kitchen. Helen's life begins to unravel as she realizes how handy it was having Dan around. Tessa, their grownup daughter, is frustrated with Helen's neediness; Tessa helps around the house, but feels Helen infringing on her personal life. Helen also discovers that a huge sum of their retirement money was withdrawn by Dan just before his death. Was there an unspeakable secret?
Through grieving loss, Helen determines to find the truth and discovers her talent for teaching and that love remains, long after the departed. Home Safe is a good read, but it lacks the intensity of Berg's previous books.