The Safe Place
Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downs's debut is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.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.

The Safe Place Details

TitleThe Safe Place
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 14th, 2020
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250264800
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Adult Fiction, Adult, Family, Cultural, France

The Safe Place Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    It was gripping, entertaining, weird, predictable but great choice to spend your time without thinking apocalyptic and horrifying news and getting rid of your daily paranoia by focusing on something crazier.The storys told by Emily, her boss Scott and his boss dear wife Nina. Lets talk about Emily, in mid-twenties, gullible, naïve, talkative, confused, friendly, suffering from her wrong life choices, having problematic relationship with her parents (finally when she decides to call her mother to It was gripping, entertaining, weird, predictable but great choice to spend your time without thinking apocalyptic and horrifying news and getting rid of your daily paranoia by focusing on something crazier.The story’s told by Emily, her boss Scott and his boss’ dear wife Nina. Let’s talk about Emily, in mid-twenties, gullible, naïve, talkative, confused, friendly, suffering from her wrong life choices, having problematic relationship with her parents (finally when she decides to call her mother to get a loan she finds out that was her mother’s birthday and her mother dearest normally expected her to call to congratulate her after a long time! Yes Emily, you suck!) Now she’s sacked from receptionist job and lost her acting agent, her rent check is bounced and she has no income, is so close to get evicted and suffering from starvation. But she has no idea, somebody orchestrated everything about her financial failure and watches her every move like a hunter coming out for his prey. We’re talking about wealthy charismatic CEO Scott, Emily’s ex-boss who decided her termination, coincidentally saved her from crushed by a boss when he was passing by the very same street she walked. He acts like he has no idea about her termination and he wants to compensate his fault by offering her a new job: she’s going to be housekeeper (landscaper, lawnmower, nanny, painter, cook etc.) of his mansion in France. Emily hesitates at first but later she decides she has nothing to lose so she takes the deal. Scott acts like he’s working on crazy scheme which made me think he may be a cult leader and he sent Emily to be sacrificed at his mansion (It could be more interesting plot but unfortunately the conclusion of the story was easy to predict!) We get snippets from Scott and Nina’s marriage, having children and we understand that Nina suffers from mental illness and she is over protective mother. When Emily takes her first step to the grandiose but also eerie mansion, she meets with perfect and ghostly wife Nina, building a friendship with her even though she is a little jealous because she might have a crush of her boss. But she gets a little startled after meeting Aurelia, shy, introvert little girl, suffering from skin disease, keeping her silence all the time, showing awkward reactions when Emily accidentally touches her. Something seems fishy and suspicious about the girl’s condition but Emily didn’t want to dig around more because she adapts in her new life and she gets used to the antics of mother and daughter. But when Scott decides to visit trio, Emily’s suspicions grow faster and when she visits Nina’s part of the house even though she’s forbidden to go there, the things she finds out confuses the hell of her. And let’s not forget her attraction to her boss makes things more complicated. Overall: It’s foreseeable but fast, enjoyable reading with weird relationship dynamics between characters. So I’m rounding up 3.5 stars to 4! Without expecting too much, questioning the characters’ motives deeply, you may entertain your time with its moving and fast pacing.Special thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press for sharing this intriguing ARC with me in exchange my honest review.
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    3.5...interesting, a bit predictable. I think I wanted a bit more...When Emily finds herself fired from her temp job...she is at a loss for what to do. Her acting career is not taking off, she is not close with her family, in fact she resents them. Then her ex boss- of all people offer her a job that seems too good to be true. Okay Emily that is your first hint...too good to be true, go with your gut...but nope she took the easy route and thought what the hell, I have nothing to lose.Scott wants 3.5...interesting, a bit predictable. I think I wanted a bit more...When Emily finds herself fired from her temp job...she is at a loss for what to do. Her acting career is not taking off, she is not close with her family, in fact she resents them. Then her ex boss- of all people offer her a job that seems too good to be true. Okay Emily that is your first hint...too good to be true, go with your gut...but nope she took the easy route and thought what the hell, I have nothing to lose.Scott wants her to be a housekeeper, au pair, personal assistant to his wife and daughter. The two that appear to be living in a "snowglobe" environment. They have an isolated estate located in France. Gorgeous home, guest house, pool and isolated....very, very isolated....Helllloooo Emily, this is your second big hint.......step away from the offer and nobody gets hurt.....Emily quickly discovers there is no internet connection, no phone signal...oh, oh, nooo. Yet Emily doesn't believe this is a problem- you know being cut off from all contacts, stuck on an estate in the middle of nowhere, with virtual strangers...you see she was a temp working for Scott, she didn't know him very well...Well I must say I was very intrigued and excited to start this debut book. I always love checking out a new author. I loved the writing style, it was really good and kept me hanging on to every word. Yet I felt a bit let down at the ending, I found it a bit too predictable. I wanted more of something, not sure what?! I think I have just been reading so many thrillers that it gets harder and harder to shock me. I defiantly am looking forward to more from this author!
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  • Angela Staudt
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.I dont really know how I felt about this, I saw all the incredible reviews and had high expectations. Those expectations were not met, and I am disappointed. I thought this was a very drawn out thriller, that you figure out very soon into the book. I didnt have that, wow moment where my jaw drops open. While the author did a great job at adding in very peculiar thoughts throughout that kind of made you eerie, it didnt add Thank you NetGalley for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.I don’t really know how I felt about this, I saw all the incredible reviews and had high expectations. Those expectations were not met, and I am disappointed. I thought this was a very drawn out thriller, that you figure out very soon into the book. I didn’t have that, “wow” moment where my jaw drops open. While the author did a great job at adding in very peculiar thoughts throughout that kind of made you eerie, it didn’t add up to this huge plot twist.The Safe Place had so much potential, but it just felt short. I really thought in the beginning it was going to be great, the author set up such a good plot line, but she just didn’t follow through. I didn’t like any of the characters really. Emily the main character was very annoying, she gets this job offer from a guy she hardly knows and says yes? To moving to a remote location that has no service or wifi and she is okay with that? If it seems to good to be true it probably is, not to mention all the weird things that start happening and she still acts stupid. While the ending was crazy, I knew exactly what was coming and not shocked.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received!!! Thank you so much, St. Martin's Press!!!
  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    Querencia was a little like Narnia. You could spend weeks there without ever leaving, months even, and on your return to the real world it seemed that no time had passed at all.I really liked this. The Safe Place is this slow burn mystery suspense read. Like legitimately the entire time I was just waiting for our poor naive heroine to actually have something happen to her. Like something was there, out of focus, just waiting for this unsuspecting woman to get too close.I think as you read things ”Querencia was a little like Narnia. You could spend weeks there without ever leaving, months even, and on your return to the real world it seemed that no time had passed at all.”I really liked this. The Safe Place is this slow burn mystery suspense read. Like legitimately the entire time I was just waiting for our poor naive heroine to actually have something happen to her. Like something was there, out of focus, just waiting for this unsuspecting woman to get too close.I think as you read things slowly click into place, but you don’t quite hear them clicking, and by the end I honestly felt like I was the naive heroine of the story. Like, what just happened? Have I been bamboozled. I clearly don’t want to say too much, because what mystery suspense reads well without the mystery? I was left with a few questions at the end, but I’m pretty sure that was intentional and while I wish I had actual answers, I understand that leaving the reader to dream up their own answers, leaves a certain strong impression as well.All in all I enjoyed this one. I’d love to pick up another from this author in the future, because while a slow burn story isn’t usually my favorite, Anna Downes did a fabulous job keeping me interested in this cast of characters and all their secrets.Available July 14th!*ARC from BookishFirst & NetGalley
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    I thought The Safe Place was really good! It was a quick and enjoyable read.I do feel like it struggled with it's identity though, if that makes any sense... The marketing materials and even the title didn't really go with the story. Is it a mystery? Is there something paranormal going on? In an attempt to create a mystery, it almost just left me confused about what was going on.Still really enjoyed it. Looking forward to see what else Anna Downes comes up with!
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  • Claire Y
    January 1, 1970
    The Safe Place is a slow and deliberate read, which sets the pace for a suspenseful novel. There are three main characters and all are well developed in the book. First there is Emily, the painfully naive girl Friday that is beset with a series of unfortunate events, Then, there is Scott, the "GQish" investment executive that seems too good to be true. Lastly, you have Nina, Scott's wife who is the perfect wife and mother. But are Scott and Nina really the perfect couple when they connect with The Safe Place is a slow and deliberate read, which sets the pace for a suspenseful novel. There are three main characters and all are well developed in the book. First there is Emily, the painfully naive girl Friday that is beset with a series of unfortunate events, Then, there is Scott, the "GQish" investment executive that seems too good to be true. Lastly, you have Nina, Scott's wife who is the perfect wife and mother. But are Scott and Nina really the perfect couple when they connect with Emily? It seems that way until Nina's erratic behavior begins to cast some doubt in Emily's mind.An excellent edgy read that will leave you wondering till the end. Four stars -- I really like it.Thank you NetGalley and St. Martins Press/Minotaur for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carol Dass
    January 1, 1970
    A good story which helps you to escape from whatever you need to escape from! Takes you by surprise and keeps you guessing. An easy read likely to keep you reading long past your bedtime.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Martie Nees Record
    January 1, 1970
    Due to a broken shoulder, this will be a mini review written via voice to text. I enjoyed this psychological thriller. At first, I thought it was going to be your typical tale of horror revolving around a hunted house. The next line in quotes is a Spoiler. If you were a psych major and remember little Albert, you will be reading about him once again. Very clever move by the author. She does a good job of scaring you. If you read this book in the middle of the night, you might be surprised to Due to a broken shoulder, this will be a mini review written via voice to text. I enjoyed this psychological thriller. At first, I thought it was going to be your typical tale of horror revolving around a hunted house. The next line in quotes is a Spoiler. “If you were a psych major and remember little Albert, you will be reading about him once again.” Very clever move by the author. She does a good job of scaring you. If you read this book in the middle of the night, you might be surprised to find yourself questioning your own sanity.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Emilys life is in shambles! She had hoped to be an actress, but that hasnt worked out. Shes lost numerous part time jobs and now learns that she is also being evicted from her flat! For years shes dreamed of leaving her small English village to have a successful career and live a happy, carefree life. Now she thinks she may have to swallow her pride and return home. When her former boss offers her a position as personal assistant to his wife, Emily jumps at the chance. The job is located at a Emily’s life is in shambles! She had hoped to be an actress, but that hasn’t worked out. She’s lost numerous part time jobs and now learns that she is also being evicted from her flat! For years she’s dreamed of leaving her small English village to have a successful career and live a happy, carefree life. Now she thinks she may have to swallow her pride and return home. When her former boss offers her a position as personal assistant to his wife, Emily jumps at the chance. The job is located at a huge estate on the coast of France. The family is endearing and welcoming. Emily feels as if she is part of their family. As the months go by, however, Emily begins to see that everything is not as perfect as it seems. The family is keeping dangerous secrets that envelope Emily and become life threatening. This debut novel has a real sense of place with complex relationships and characters. Tension builds slowly with a twist at the end.Thank you to author Anna Downes, Minotaur Books, and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this suspenseful novel.
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  • Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
    January 1, 1970
    The Safe Place is the perfect read for when you don't want to think too much and want to escape to a beautiful home off the coast of France. AKA the perfect read for someone who wants to travel to Europe, but doesn't want to leave their own safe place! 😂Emily, the main character is a lost little lamb who stumbles her way into an ideal job as a housekeeper for a wealthy family in remote France. The estate is beautiful and she's in awe of the wife and cute animals everywhere. So what, if the The Safe Place is the perfect read for when you don't want to think too much and want to escape to a beautiful home off the coast of France. AKA the perfect read for someone who wants to travel to Europe, but doesn't want to leave their own safe place! 😂Emily, the main character is a lost little lamb who stumbles her way into an ideal job as a housekeeper for a wealthy family in remote France. The estate is beautiful and she's in awe of the wife and cute animals everywhere. So what, if the daughter is a bit of a weirdo who can't be touched and doesn't speak?! Who cares if there's WiFi when you can have a glass of French wine in a pool overlooking the beautiful coast?!Yeah, the husband is never around and when he is he's ogling you, but he's handsome, so it's flattering--right?!Oh, and the family house is off limits to you, but it's only because they are fiercely private... obviously there's nothing odd about that when you have a stunning guest house all to yourself! Emily is in paradise! And getting paid nicely for it! What's not to love?! 🐚🌊🍷🏖️This was a fun, if a bit predictable thriller that remained tense throughout! I wanted to scream at Emily a lot, but she pulls through in the end! ⭐⭐⭐🌠3.5 rounded to 4 for this incredibly tense mysterious thriller! The Safe Place is out July 14th 2020 and would make the perfect beach read!
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  • Jaclyn Crupi
    January 1, 1970
    Now thats how you create and maintain narrative tension and unease! What a masterclass. This thriller will have you glued to your seat and turning pages as quickly as you possibly can. And what elevates it even further is the writing. I was on edge the whole way through and now have no fingernails left. Downes maintains the tension with expert precision and Im wildly impressed. Also, The Money Pit should really get mentioned more often in fiction and life in general. Now that’s how you create and maintain narrative tension and unease! What a masterclass. This thriller will have you glued to your seat and turning pages as quickly as you possibly can. And what elevates it even further is the writing. I was on edge the whole way through and now have no fingernails left. Downes maintains the tension with expert precision and I’m wildly impressed. Also, The Money Pit should really get mentioned more often in fiction and life in general.
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    This one is getting a 5 out of 5 stars from me simply for the enjoyment factor. I felt like I was about to go into a reading slump and this pulled me out of it. I couldn't put this book down and I havent been this connected to a book in months. This book brought me escapism and I completely forgot about the world around me. It felt eerie throughout and I loved the authors writing style. She really has a way with building the setting, the writing was readable and flowed very well. I was hooked This one is getting a 5 out of 5 stars from me simply for the enjoyment factor. I felt like I was about to go into a reading slump and this pulled me out of it. I couldn't put this book down and I havent been this connected to a book in months. This book brought me escapism and I completely forgot about the world around me. It felt eerie throughout and I loved the authors writing style. She really has a way with building the setting, the writing was readable and flowed very well. I was hooked even though the first half of the book was mainly "set up", I still enjoyed reading it as it made me connect even more with the characters and get to know our main characters personality. Sure this book wasnt perfect, there was never a WOW! moment and I predicted part of the big reveal BUT I was so enthralled and loved reading every minute of it. I really recommend this book and loved how the world and secret residence in France was described. This is a binge worthy book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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  • Lisa Konet
    January 1, 1970
    Available: 7/14/20This had the potential to be a lot better than it actually was. Who wouldn't want a job opportunity in paradise? Paradise isn't what it seems and soon becomes a nightmare. Sound familiar? That's because there are so many other books with this same idea!Great premise but it was predictable AF.. I wasn't surprised with the ending either. Beautiful cover though. Almost a DNF.Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS. Thank you so much to Minotaur Books for the gifted ARC of THE SAFE PLACE! This book was so light and easy, making it the perfect summer read 🙌 THE SAFE PLACE is out JULY 14th so make sure to keep an eye out! What I really enjoyed about this book was how intriguing it was right from the beginning. I was super interested in where the story was going to go, which kept me invested the entire time 👌 I also LOVED how this book had a great mixture of both lighter and suspenseful parts. This 3.5 STARS. Thank you so much to Minotaur Books for the gifted ARC of THE SAFE PLACE! This book was so light and easy, making it the perfect summer read 🙌🏼 THE SAFE PLACE is out JULY 14th so make sure to keep an eye out! ⁣⁣What I really enjoyed about this book was how intriguing it was right from the beginning. I was super interested in where the story was going to go, which kept me invested the entire time 👌🏼 I also LOVED how this book had a great mixture of both lighter and suspenseful parts. This book definitely was a slow burn, but I felt that the pacing worked really well in this case and the book was still very entertaining 🤓 Another thing I really enjoyed was how creepy some of the scenes were. I love a creepy child in my thrillers and this one definitely had one of the creepiest kids I’ve read about in a long time 😳⁣⁣The main issue I had with this book was that it was extremely anti-climactic. I loved how much the suspense built throughout the novel, but in the end it didn’t really build up to anything and I was pretty disappointed. I had that feeling of “wait... that’s it?” in the end and I overall was hoping for a bit more. I still think this book would be PERFECT for beginners in the thriller genre or for someone looking for a very easy summer read, so definitely check it out if it interests you 🙌🏼⁣
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  • Kelly Russo Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful back drop for some deliciously creepy characters with sordid secrets. What is the true essence of this family hiding behind the atmospheric setting had me feverishly flipping pages until the very daunting end. Unique plot and written with a talented suspenseful pen.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    This was a most unusual and well done read. Emily, an unemployed actress, was working as a temp Receptionist at a London company. After she was fired for incompetence she met the companys owner who offered her a companion/housekeeper type job at his home on the French coast. She took the job and was flown there in a private plane. It was a gated two house estate in the middle of nowhere. His wife and child lived there with a very stoic handyman who came in daily. Emily and Nina (the wife) This was a most unusual and well done read. Emily, an unemployed actress, was working as a temp Receptionist at a London company. After she was fired for incompetence she met the company’s owner who offered her a companion/housekeeper type job at his home on the French coast. She took the job and was flown there in a private plane. It was a gated two house estate in the middle of nowhere. His wife and child lived there with a very stoic handyman who came in daily. Emily and Nina (the wife) developed a very close relationship and she also became close to their child, a six year old girl who didn’t speak and also had some behavior issues. Going further into the plot would lead to too many spoilers but for anyone who enjoys reading psychological thrillers, I would highly recommend this novel. Thanks to Net Galley and Minotaur for an ARC for an honest review.
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  • darin chew
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.Emily was a struggle actress, until her agent drops her. Then she realizes she will likely be evicted from her apartment. Plus, she just got fired. Scott, a successful and charismatic CEO, offers her an odd yet fantastic job opportunity as his housekeeper at his French estate. Emily moves in, but soon realizes that she should've asked for more details before accepting. Soon shocking secrets come out.When I read the synopsis I knew I wanted to read this book. I was hoping for a page turner since I've been in a bit of a reading slump. The book starts great, but when Emily accepts and arrives at the estate the book kinda drags about. The twist was a predictable. The chapters switch between POVs so we could get pieces from all the characters.I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jeana
    January 1, 1970
    Anna Downes has won me over! I absolutely enjoyed every bit of this story and I found myself excited to head back to this beautiful French estate even if something is off and not right at all. Being cooped up in my home with what seems like the fifth winter this year I was so quickly lost into the story, the people and the setting. I felt the characters were likable and relatable. This is the summer read for 2020. A place you can go when you can't go on vacation. While some may find it Anna Downes has won me over! I absolutely enjoyed every bit of this story and I found myself excited to head back to this beautiful French estate even if something is off and not right at all. Being cooped up in my home with what seems like the fifth winter this year I was so quickly lost into the story, the people and the setting. I felt the characters were likable and relatable. This is the summer read for 2020. A place you can go when you can't go on vacation. While some may find it predictable I did not at all and enjoyed the mystery unravel before me. I will put Anna Downes right next to my Ruth Ware books as she has earned my respect. Bravo! I highly recommend as the read to kick-off summer or a good mystery beach-read.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I could not get enough of this book. This was very tough to stop and every time you thought you had the book figured out, a new twist happens that is unexpected. There is Emily Proudman who had it all but suddenly lost everything she had including her job, and her home. Then comes Scott who is a business mogul that has This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I could not get enough of this book. This was very tough to stop and every time you thought you had the book figured out, a new twist happens that is unexpected. There is Emily Proudman who had it all but suddenly lost everything she had including her job, and her home. Then comes Scott who is a business mogul that has everything imaginable and he hires Emily as a housekeeper on his estate. Emily meets his wife and son and with a house poolside, she thought she has everything she ever wanted until she realizes that life isn't always exactly what it seems. Scott and Nina are secretly dangerous and if Emily leaves, her life is at risk almost like she is trapped in paradise. Emily does the best she can by playing along and getting out while she still has the chance. I absolutely love this book and when it is released, it will be nominated as a pick for our Adult Book Club. I can't wait to share it with our community.We will consider adding this title to our Adult Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • LibraryLaur
    January 1, 1970
    I waffled between giving this 3 or 4 stars, but I'm going to cheat and go with 3.5. The plot definitely surprised me in the end, so 4 stars for that, but I felt a bit icky being inside the heads of the characters.*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bill Riggs
    January 1, 1970
    This would be a great book to pick up at the airport as you head out on a summer vacation. A perfect summer job at a perfect summer location? What could possibly go wrong? Emily has fallen - hard- she has lost her job, apartment, and family, when her former boss offers her the opportunity to work for his family at their idyllic French retreat she jumps at the offer thinking all her problems are working out. This is a superbly written modern summer gothic that slowly draws you into its suspense This would be a great book to pick up at the airport as you head out on a summer vacation. A perfect summer job at a perfect summer location? What could possibly go wrong? Emily has fallen - hard- she has lost her job, apartment, and family, when her former boss offers her the opportunity to work for his family at their idyllic French retreat she jumps at the offer thinking all her problems are working out. This is a superbly written modern summer gothic that slowly draws you into its suspense and chilling atmosphere until you don’t realize you’ve fallen into a disturbing bizarre rabbit hole.
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  • JoScho
    January 1, 1970
    Emilys life has hit rock bottom. No job, no money, and nowhere to live. Her old boss offers the opportunity to move to a secluded home in France to be an assistant for his wife and daughter. It seems like a dream come true. The homes and landscape are amazing at first then the cracks start to show-atmospheric to be sure. Solid read but there wasnt the gasp out loud moment I love. Thanks to #Netgalley and Minotaur Books for the ARC. Emily’s life has hit rock bottom. No job, no money, and nowhere to live. Her old boss offers the opportunity to move to a secluded home in France to be an assistant for his wife and daughter. It seems like a dream come true. The homes and landscape are amazing at first then the cracks start to show-atmospheric to be sure. Solid read but there wasn’t the gasp out loud moment I love. Thanks to #Netgalley and Minotaur Books for the ARC.
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  • Leslie Reinhart
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved The Safe Place from this debut author! I read it morning, noon and night and finished it in 3 days. it kept me guessing until the end. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!I received an ARC of this book from Minotaur Books in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Mayleen
    January 1, 1970
    Please keep that dreamy cover. I was looking for a suspenseful story that would make me wonder what the heck is going on? Well I found it. Twists, turns, heart-pounding rush to the end. Boom. Surprise. Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the egalley. I plan on talking it up a lot. Please keep that dreamy cover. I was looking for a suspenseful story that would make me wonder “what the heck is going on”? Well I found it. Twists, turns, heart-pounding rush to the end. Boom. Surprise. Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the egalley. I plan on talking it up a lot.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    AUTHOR Downes, AnnaTITLE The Safe PlaceDATE READ 04/11/20RATING 4/BFIRST SENTENCE Goose bumps spread over Emily's arms like a rash.GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Psychological Thriller/2020/Minotaur/342 pgsSERIES/STAND-ALONE SACHALLENGE Good Reads 2020 Reading Goal 61/120; GROUP READ TIME/PLACE 2020/FranceCHARACTERS Emily Proudman/ aspiring actress; Scott Denny/successful entrepreneurCOMMENTS Received ARC due to be published July 2020. Emily Proudman is an aspiring actress -- she has not AUTHOR Downes, AnnaTITLE The Safe PlaceDATE READ 04/11/20RATING 4/BFIRST SENTENCE Goose bumps spread over Emily's arms like a rash.GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Psychological Thriller/2020/Minotaur/342 pgsSERIES/STAND-ALONE SACHALLENGE Good Reads 2020 Reading Goal 61/120; GROUP READ TIME/PLACE 2020/FranceCHARACTERS Emily Proudman/ aspiring actress; Scott Denny/successful entrepreneurCOMMENTS Received ARC … due to be published July 2020. Emily Proudman is an aspiring actress -- she has not landed a part in some time and now has lost her agent. In addition, she has been let go from her temp job as a receptionist. She is overdrawn at the bank and soon to be evicted from her apartment. Conveniently Scott Denny offers her a well paid position but with strings … she will be isolated on a beach estate in France with his wife Nina, and their daughter Aurelia. She will be a personal assistant, jill of all trades and is sworn to secrecy about this position. Emily thinks this is a perfect answer for her predicament. Scott has carefully researched Emily's background and feels she is the perfect person to keep their secrets. A bit slow until the last 25% of the book when finally there is action, disclosure of secrets and decisions made. A good psychological thriller with a beautiful setting.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Out 7.14.20 | Free from Netgalley/ Minotaur Books | This was one of those books that had me wondering at about 15% or so if I should keep going. There was a lot to like about it and the flaws were ones I could get past, so Im glad I stick with it. A young girl is trying to make it as an actress in London and just when she hits rock bottom, her incredibly wealthy boss intervenes and recruits her to become a housekeeper at the remote French estate where his wife and kid live. Once the scene was Out 7.14.20 | Free from Netgalley/ Minotaur Books | This was one of those books that had me wondering at about 15% or so if I should keep going. There was a lot to like about it and the flaws were ones I could get past, so I’m glad I stick with it. A young girl is trying to make it as an actress in London and just when she hits rock bottom, her incredibly wealthy boss intervenes and recruits her to become a housekeeper at the remote French estate where his wife and kid live. Once the scene was set, I thought there was fantastic tension and buildup. Some points were unbelievable- how is he so rich? - but if you buy into it it's very enjoyable. This reminded me a bit of Verity mixed with The Girl Before. Very good debut- I will be interested in more from this author! 4 stars.
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  • Lenoire
    January 1, 1970
    In a span of one day, Emily Proudman's life is a terrible mess. She lost her acting agent, her apartment and her job. Scott Denny is a successful CEO and he has a problem that he can't fix on his own. His business prowess or his vast wealth isn't able to help him until he meets Emily.Scott offers a job as his housekeeper and a companion for his wife, Nina on his remote, paradise French estate. Emily is immediately taken with Nina and her young daughter, Aurelia.  Emily finally feels like her In a span of one day, Emily Proudman's life is a terrible mess. She lost her acting agent, her apartment and her job. Scott Denny is a successful CEO and he has a problem that he can't fix on his own. His business prowess or his vast wealth isn't able to help him until he meets Emily.Scott offers a job as his housekeeper and a companion for his wife, Nina on his remote, paradise French estate. Emily is immediately taken with Nina and her young daughter, Aurelia.  Emily finally feels like her life is where she wants it. However, soon Emily realizes Scott and Nina are keeping a deadly secret and if she doesn't play along things won't end well for her. Being stuck in my apartment for what seems like days on end, I couldn't wait to dive into this thriller. The writing style was easy to read and fluid. However, as I kept reading I felt like the plot was predictable and it took the writer forever to get there. I found myself losing patience once, the predictable secret was exposed. I also didn't care for any of the characters and thought the whole situation was rather silly in the end. Perhaps at face value, the plot might sound promising but, once you delve deeper, it kinds of seems meaningless in some ways. The author did show how far someone would go to protect the people they love. I was expecting more from this book and disappointed it didn't deliver.
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  • Janice Lombardo
    January 1, 1970
    Down on her luck, a bit lost, a bit clumsy; Emily wants to be an actress. Mean while, she temps in offices during her failed audition attempts. Then arrives Scott - CEO of a large company - Emily had temped at this company and had been fired. This to her rescue(?) Scott offers Emily a move from London to France- in luxury. This, in return for housekeeping and work as anau pair for his 6 year old daughter. Scott's wife, Nina, however, may have her own ideas...Twisty and surprising - this story Down on her luck, a bit lost, a bit clumsy; Emily wants to be an actress. Mean while, she temps in offices during her failed audition attempts. Then arrives Scott - CEO of a large company - Emily had temped at this company and had been fired. This to her rescue(?) Scott offers Emily a move from London to France- in luxury. This, in return for housekeeping and work as anau pair for his 6 year old daughter. Scott's wife, Nina, however, may have her own ideas...Twisty and surprising - this story keeps the reader guessing...Many Thanks to St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a great read!
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  • Ilean
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This book was not at all what I expected.The Safe Place is a mystery, but it turns into a nightmare. I was getting weird vibes, getting a little creeped out about what should have been a quiet idyllic place for our main character. What has Emily gotten herself into this time. It seems nothing ever goes right for her.If you are looking for a slightly creepy mystery to read, this is it. Wow. This book was not at all what I expected.“The Safe Place” is a mystery, but it turns into a nightmare. I was getting weird vibes, getting a little creeped out about what should have been a quiet idyllic place for our main character. What has Emily gotten herself into this time. It seems nothing ever goes right for her.If you are looking for a slightly creepy mystery to read, this is it.
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