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The Safe Place by Anna Downes – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  14 July 2020

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 352

Publisher: Affirm Press

Source:  NetGalley




Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave?

Emily is a mess.

Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.

Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

Emily is perfect.

Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.




Thank you so much to Affirm Press for providing me with a copy of The Safe Place, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!


Emily has just lost her temp job, her acting agent, her apartment  and had a run in with her parents over asking for money – again.  When she is almost run over by a bus, her old boss, Scott, saves her, in more ways than one.  He offers her a new job, that is not only in his family mansion in France, but comes with a car and all expenses paid.  Tasked with helping Scott’s wife, Nina, look after the house and their daughter, Aurelia, who has some health issues, she falls in love with the place, and the family.  As she works hard to win over the shy and sometimes difficult Aurelia, she comes to terms with having no phone reception, no internet and no real contact with the outside world.  After all, what more could you want than being able to relax in a stunning house on the French coast, with Nina, who is fast becoming a wonderful friend?   But gradually, somethings seem to be a little…odd.  There’s something not quite right with the Denny family, and why does Scott hardly ever visit his wife and child?

The Safe Place was a fantastic complex family thriller. All of the characters were flawed and interesting, and the author managed to strike that balance where you’re caught between being horrified by their actions, but understanding the desperation behind it.  I loved the way the mysteries were revealed slowly over the course of the story, with each little red flag raising itself in that ‘could that be explained away…or is it exactly what it seems?’ way.

A gripping read that I found perfect to curl up with and become completely engrossed in!



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