The Safe Place (Hardcover)
Minotaur Books, 9781250264800, 368pp.
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
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Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downes's debut, The Safe Place, 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.
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Praise For The Safe Place: A Novel…
A July 2020 Indie Next Pick!
A PopSugar "Best New Book of July 2020"
One of Travel + Leisure's "20 Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020"
One of Ms. Career Girls's "Summer Releases for Your TBR List"
One of Parade's "New Thrillers and Mysteries You Won't Stop Thinking About This Summer "
A Frolic "Most Anticipated Book of Summer 2020"
One of "The Most Anticipated Books of Summer" on Getaway House
A "Most Anticipated Crime Book of Summer" on Crime Reads
One of the "Best new Books to Read This Summer" from She Knows
A She Reads "Summer's Hottest Thrillers"
“Downes keeps the sense of foreboding building . . . Emily is a compelling character who arrives in France scatterbrained and immature but find the inner strength to save herself.”—The Washington Post
“I absolutely devoured The Safe Place, and lived and breathed every second. The images Anna Downes creates are so vivid and real that I was transported between Soho and France in the flick of an eye. I had no idea where it was going; I just knew I had to hold onto Emily’s coattails and go along for the ride. This one is going to fly! If you love a suspense thriller with a punch, I’d highly recommend The Safe Place.”—Sandie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Woman
“[A] mix of romantic escapism and gothic menace. Ruth Ware fans may want to check this one out.”—Publishers Weekly
“Downes' debut novel is a slow burn of a story with Emily picking up on snippets of conversations as a breadcrumb trail leads her to an astounding conclusion. A great read for those looking for a side of mystery with their women's fiction.”—Booklist
“A riveting review.”—SheKnows "Best Summer Books of 2020"
“The Safe Place is such a rare thing—a claustrophobic, addictive thriller that lets you actually feel for all of the characters involved. Anna Downes has such skill in combining the heart-in-mouth feeling that everything is building to a disaster with genuine emotion. I was right behind her as she chose this big change in her life, and in a strange way, right behind Scott and Nina, too, whose stories were heartbreaking.”—Gytha Lodge, bestselling author of She Lies in Wait
“The Safe Place is a brilliantly atmospheric novel that keeps you equally gripped and unsettled from page one. Starkly original and with an alarmingly plausible premise, this is destined to be a bestseller.”—J.P. Pomare, bestselling author of Call Me Evie
"The Safe Place is compellingly disturbing. Anna Downes is a powerful story writer who will lull you into a false sense of security—and then pounce. An author to be watched."—Jane Corry, bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife and I Made a Mistake
“The Safe Place is a dark and wonderful debut that lulls you in with beautiful prose and complex, believable characters, then beats you over the head with a killer plot and a thrilling climax. It’s the kind of book you race through as quickly as you can so you can start it again. Everyone will be talking about this book!”—Christian White, internationally bestselling author of The Nowhere Child and The Wife and the Widow
“The tension ratchets up and up in this beautifully paced thriller—an outstanding debut, populated by complex and sympathetic characters. You’ll be thinking about them long after you’ve finished reading. Destined to be a book club favorite.”—Chris Hammer, international bestselling author of Scrublands
“I loved The Safe Place . . . it was tense and atmospheric with the seemingly idyllic yet eerie setting. A truly gripping read.”—Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
“Gripping, satisfying and also promising first suspense novel. Psychological suspense, really, but in a setting where we expect a “gothic romance”—isolated house, mysterious owner, troubled child needing care. . . . But a larger cast than that, and characters that, even though we are in close point of view with each in turn, continue to surprise us.”—Shawangunk Journal
“It all adds up to an intriguing and addictive read. A real page turner; I couldn't put the book down once the secrets began to be unveiled.”—The AU Review.com