The Safe Place

The Safe Place

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First U.S. edition.
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"Emily Proudman's life is in chaos. She's just lost her acting agent and her job in one miserable day. Scott Denny has a problem. Even though he's a successful CEO, neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can come close to fixing it. He's at a breaking point. Until he meets Emily. Emily is friendly and agreeable. Emily is desperate. Emily is perfect. Scott offers Emily what seems the perfect summer job as a housekeeper and nanny on his remote French estate. Emily is quickly enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and even his strange young daughter, and falls headlong into this apparent paradise. But before long, Emily realizes that Scott and his wife are hiding dangerous secrets. And if Emily doesn't play along, the beautiful place they call home might turn out to be a prison from which none of them will ever escape."--
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250264800
Branch Call Number: DOWNE
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 25 cm

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LoganLib_Phoebe Oct 05, 2020

A gripping psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. When Emily loses her job she's completely on the rocks until her boss rehires her with a different position; live in help to his wife and child in France. It's an absolute dream for Emily until she begins to notice something amiss with the rules and arrangements she must abide by...What are Scott and Nina's secrets and what lengths will they go to in order to protect them?

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betsymarzoni
Sep 10, 2020

Emily has made a mess of her life. She consistently fouls up her acting auditions, has been abandoned by her agent, is about to be evicted from her apartment, has been fired from her job as a temp receptionist, and has a troubled relationship with her adoptive parents. Suddenly she finds herself living on a luxurious French estate with a beautiful, overprotective woman and her six year old daughter, isolated from the rest of the world. What could possibly be amiss? Eventually she figures it out when a twist in the story is revealed. Good twist.

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lurkykitty
Aug 18, 2020

Emily's life is out of control. She loses her job, her apartment and her acting agent all in one day. She is a good but flaky person who has trouble with keeping a job and has flashbacks to some kind of early trauma. Her circumstances make her desperate and she takes a job with her former employer Scott Denny. She is to be the house-keeper, grounds-keeper, nanny, and personal assistant to Scott's wife Nina and his daughter Aurelia on their enormous isolated waterfront estate in the south of France. It sounds too good to be true.
At first, Emily is entranced by Nina and her daughter and the wine-soaked evenings by the pool, but cracks start to appear in the façade. Without revealing spoilers, this book is full of drama, suspense, twists and turns. I could not put it down.

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brangwinn
Jul 26, 2020

There is nothing like a glamorous French estate to create a summer book setting. In sort of a fairy tale beginning Emily can leave her financial woes in London to become a girl Friday for a woman and her young daughter in rural France while the husband stays in London. Of course, it is not exactly a bucolic job. In fact, things soon fall apart and Emily fears for her life. Lots of plot tension and I can see this being turned into a movie. Although this was not my favorite book, it was a satisfying story and kept me entertained. It was good escapism.

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PiepieB
Jul 13, 2020

This book ticked so many boxes for me, and it's hard to believe that this is a debut offering. I could picture the mysterious French mansion so vividly in my mind. I loved how layers upon layers unfolded across each other, and how Scott and Nina's secrets were revealed. The writing truly is excellent, and the storyline definitely hooked me and reeled me in. I loved every moment, and am looking forward to Anna's next book!

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darladoodles
Jul 05, 2020

This debut thriller promised me a mix of Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell. After reading this book for myself, I would definitely recommend "The Safe Place" to fans of both authors. Anna Downes has managed to give us a thrilling plot that gives us unexpected resolution for both of the POVs--Emily and Scott. There are some serious mental health issues exposed in this book. Emily shines as the most sane individual and that is not saying much. After all, she takes a job sight unseen after signing an ironclad NDA. Red flags all over the place. I found this to be an entertaining summer read and hope it will give others an escape to the coast of France in the midst of mask mandates and travel restrictions.

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lurkykitty
Jun 04, 2020

Emily's life is out of control. She loses her job, her apartment and her acting agent all in one day. She is a good but flaky person who has trouble with keeping a job and has flashbacks to some kind of early trauma. Her circumstances make her desperate and she takes a job with her former employer Scott Denny. She is to be the house-keeper, grounds-keeper, nanny, and personal assistant to Scott's wife Nina and his daughter Aurelia on their enormous isolated waterfront estate in the south of France. It sounds too good to be true.
At first, Emily is entranced by Nina and her daughter and the wine-soaked evenings by the pool, but cracks start to appear in the façade. Without revealing spoilers, this book is full of drama, suspense, twists and turns. I could not put it down.

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