The Safe Place

Emily Is A MessEmily Proudman Just Lost Her Acting Agent, Her Job, And Her Apartment In One Miserable Day Emily Is DesperateScott 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 PerfectScott 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 DeadlySuperbly 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 JewellWelcome To Paradisewill You Ever Be Able To LeaveThe Safe Place

ANNA DOWNES was born and raised in Sheffield, UK, but now lives just north of Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children She worked as an actress before turning her attention to writing She was shortlisted for the Sydney Writers Room Short Story Prize 2017 and longlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Competition 2018 The Safe Place was inspired by Anna s experiences working as

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Safe Place
  • Anna Downes
  • English
  • 23 March 2019
  • 9781250264800

10 thoughts on “The Safe Place

  1. says:

    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, na ve, 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 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 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 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.

  2. says:

    Emily s life is a mess Her employer offers her an opportunity far too good to be true and things go the way you think they willThis book was interesting and fun to read but unfortunately suffered from two shortcomings 1 A mostly predictable plot.2 An ending that offered resolution but ultimately felt unfinished and left me with questions than answers.Thank you to Anna Downes, Minotaur Books and NetGalley for providing me with the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. says:

    3.5interesting, a bit predictable I think I wanted a bit When Emily finds herself fired from her temp jobshe 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 hinttoo good to be true, go with your gutbut 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 signaloh, 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 strangersyou see she was a temp working for Scott, she didn t know him very wellWell 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 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 from this author

  4. says:

    3.5 starsI love the book cover design for this one as it practically begs you to read the book during the summer or while on vacation The story hooked me from the beginning because it had a creepy factor to it in which I wasn t entirely sure which direction the author was going to go because it felt like there were endless possibilities I do have some mixed feelings about the big reveal and the last quarter of the story so that s why I landed on a 3.5 star rating.Emily s life is a bit of a mess at the moment Scott Denny is a CEO and he offers Emily a job as a housekeeper at his family s French estate Desperate for money, Emily accepts the job The estate is beautiful although very secluded While Scott works in London, Emily spends her days with his wife Nina, and their daughter, Aurelia Emily works hard sprucing up the place but she also gets to relax by the pool and eat good food Sounds like a plum gig for Emily, right Well, this story has thriller and suspense elements, so of course something ain t right The story is told from multiple perspectives which I think was a wise choice by the author as it clued in the reader that something was off with Scott pretty much from the get go That s not a spoiler You know this isn t an ideal situation for Emily, but you re not sure what is wrong, or at least I didn t have a clue And that brings me to the reveal Somehow it managed to be both surprising and lackluster at the same time Perhaps other readers saw it coming a mile away but I was caught off guard which is a positive in my opinion The problem is it feels like an ordinary, uninspiring revelation I thought the author had a good setup to something awesome and it just didn t meet my expectations Once you find out the big thing it s kinda downhill from there.Even though I didn t think this book quite met its potential, I thought it was a pretty decent read If you are looking for something fairly easy and quick to read, this isn t a bad choice.Thank you to Netgalley and Minotaur Books for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    Emily Proudman s acting career has come to a standstill None of the auditions she s gone to have been successful and her agent is leaving for the US On top of that she s just lost her most recent job as a receptionist Her rent is overdue and without work she can t afford to stay in London but she also can t go home to the parents she s been neglecting But then she runs into her former boss, Scott Denny, who offers her a job as a housekeeper and personal assistant to his wife Nina who lives in France with their daughter, Aurelia Jumping at the chance she soon finds herself living at Querencia, a beautiful, secluded estate on the coast and becoming friendly with Nina and Aurelia Life seems almost perfect, but something seems just a bit wrong with Nina, her need for privacy and her over protectiveness of Aurelia However, the estate is so beautiful, with it s lovely pool, wonderful local food and wine and her growing friendship with Nina, that she tries to suppress any niggling doubts she has.Told in alternating points of view by Emily and Scott with some prior history filled in by Nina, it will take a while for Emily to work out what secrets are being kept hidden at Querencia and by then it might be too late to escape the nightmare she has landed in The reader is also lulled by the plot, full of serenity and sunny days with Aurelia s odd behaviour explained away by her health problems The characters are also complex than they first appear Nina might seem like the perfect mother, but there is a brittleness to her character that is easily shattered allowing hints of her unstable mental health to leak through Scott is puzzling in his failure to spend much time in France, which he attributes to his heavy work load, but when he does arrive at the estate does not seem to engage with Aurelia and is distant with Nina At first Emily seems to be the naive, downtrodden and placid girl Scott manipulates into becoming a companion for his wife, but she is smarter and resilient than either of them realises An enjoyable and edgy debut novel from a promising new author 3.5 With thanks to Affirm Press and Netgalley for a copy to read

  6. says:

    The beautiful cover made me want to hop on a plane and go somewhere nice and tropical to read this book but that was not an option so I found a comfy chair in a warm room instead.I think I can safely say that the main character, Emily, needed help urgently To accept a job in France from someone she does not know, leave without telling anyone and then toss her phone as soon as she gets there and cease any contact with home She was asking for everything she got However, despite the rather dodgy way the author set this all up, once Emily was in situ the story took off and I had trouble putting the book down I guessed some of it as it went along but there was still plenty of suspense and I was so sad for that poor little girl I loved the spooky caretaker, the magnificent house, the charming but slightly evil husband, the crazy wife It was a Gothic novel translated into modern times The ending was realistic but I was still sad for the little girl I thought this was an excellent debut novel and will look out for from this authorThanks to Netgalley and Minotaur books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  7. says:

    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.

  8. says:

    A nicely done debut by Anna Downes 3.5 starsThe Safe Place kept me engaged throughout, and with one minor tweak which I ll mention below , this could be a truly outstanding novel Told almost entirely from Emily s point of view, there are also a few chapters told from Scott s perspective, as well as some sections from an unidentified voice I ll be honest, the unidentified sections fooled me I suspected something very different view spoiler I thought they were told from Emily s adoptive mother s POV at firstNOT Nina s I still stand by my belief that would have been a effective story lineand would have somehow tied the characters tightly together, which ultimately never ended up happening hide spoiler

  9. says:

    THE SAFE PLACE is about a woman named Emily who is a failing actress, working as an Administrative Assistant to pay her bills until she s terminated Down on her luck, she accepts a seemingly perfect offer to be a housekeeper all around assistant to a woman named Nina and her sickly daughter The house is in France and shrouded in luxury and privacy Of course something sinister is going on I enjoyed this book, and found myself engaged for the majority of it Author Anna Downes does a fantastic job of describing scenery and making the characters come alive However, there was something missing I can t quite place my finger on it, but found myself feeling slightly underwhelmed by the surprises and conclusion I think the epilogue could have also benefited by including information on other characters Still, an entertaining read and a promising debut by the author I will definitely keep my eye out for her next book 3.5 stars Thank you to Anna Downes, Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. says:

    Richly evocative with a dark, atmospheric heart, The Safe Place is seductive, irresistible and suspenseful I was completely gripped from the first page to the pulse pounding end When Emily finds herself fired from her job, she s unexpectedly thrown a lifeline by her ex boss She agrees to be the housekeeper for Scott, his wife Nina, and their daughter Aurelia at their remote estate on the coast of France But when the seemingly idyllic setting abruptly turns sinister, Emily realizes Scott and Nina will do anything to protect the fa ade of a perfect life And Emily has to play along, or the consequences could be deadly.After putting a call out to my fellow bookworms for a recommendation, I was treated to a resounding chorus in favour of The Safe Place I heeded their advice and grabbed an ARC, and boy am I glad I did This book is yummy, with vivid descriptions just oozing with atmosphere I was completely captivated, which, let me tell you, is rare these days I loved the characters, how clearly they were painted, their character quirks, their flaws and strengths, and I blazed through the book, desperate to know what was going to happen.I recommend reading The Safe Place poolside with a strawberry margarita in hand It s the perfect summer suspense

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