The Safe Place by Anna Downes ★★★☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog


Primary Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Published: 14 Jul 2020 by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books
Page count: 352
My Format: eARC via NetGalley
Cover: Pretty
Pacing: Good
Ending: Meh
Would I recommend it: Probably
Commission Link: Buy The Safe Place

My rating: ★★☆☆

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

My Thoughts
This book was a quick read and the plot was relatively interesting; however, I had a few issues with it. Here are my pros and cons for The Safe Place:


  1. The author creates an amazing sense of unease throughout the first half of the book. Everything seems to be perfect for Emily with her new job in France, but there is an underlying stench to everything (literally) and the author lets the tension of the situation build nicely.
  2. I did not anticipate the reveal. I didn’t have any pre-conceived notions at all about where the story was going and I think that was a good thing.
  3. Aurelia is creepy!


  1. Even though I didn’t have any preconceived notions about where the story was headed, once everything was revealed it felt a little dull to me. There was potential there that wasn’t quite realized and the ending was a bit anti-climactic. I wasn’t wowed and I wanted to be wowed.
  2. We get very little information about Nina to really understand her motivations or issues. There just wasn’t enough there for me to feel any connection at all with her character.
  3. All characters were just a tad flat and superficial in my opinion.

I always enjoy reading books from new authors and I think this is a solid debut. A 3-star rating from me means that I generally liked the book, but I don’t think it will be particularly memorable for me.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a relatively light, quick thriller.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for a free eARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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5 thoughts on “The Safe Place by Anna Downes ★★★☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

  1. I have this book sitting on my dining room table and havent gotten to it yet. Think I will pick it up today after I finish the one I am reading Sounds good, will do a review on it also.

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