Review: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

Hey everyone!
Today, I am sharing my review of The Safe Place by Anna Downes with you all.


Title: The Safe Place
Author: Anna Downes
Release Date: Ebook – 16th July 2020
Paperback – 20th August 2020
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 360
Buy It Here: Amazon UKAmazon USWaterstones

Book Blurb:

Emily Proudman has been offered the chance of a lifetime – leave her messy London life, move to a beautiful estate in France and help her boss’s wife take care of their daughter. It seems like the perfect opportunity to start again.

But once there, Emily soon starts to suspect that her charismatic new employers aren’t telling her the whole truth. That there are even dangerous secrets hidden beneath the glamorous facade.

Why have the family moved to this isolated house so far from home? Why does her bosses’ daughter refuse to speak or be touched? Why are there whispers in the night?

The only problem is, the more Emily know, the less chance there is she will ever be able to leave…


My Review:

I was sent a press release package for The Safe Place by Hodder & Stoughton, and it was a complete surprise. Until then, I hadn’t heard of The Safe Place or Anna Downes, but after reading the blurb, I instantly knew that this was going to be my kind of book.

The story was a little slow to begin with, but it was easy reading, and still enjoyable to read. But, after the first couple of chapters, the story starts to get very interesting, and the questions begin.

To begin with, I found Emily a little frustrating. She was too quick to agree to things, desperate to impressive, and she definitely didn’t ask enough questions. But, as the story goes on, she certainly grows on you. She starts asking questions, and she even starts to see past the rose tinted glasses that she has been wearing from day one. Her best quality is her determination, she doesn’t stop until she gets answers.

I didn’t trust Scott from the very beginning. If I was Emily, my instant reaction would have been to wonder why he was so interested, and what could he possibly want. Nobody is that generous completely out of the blue. MASSIVE RED FLAG! But once Nina and Aurelia were introduced, alarm bells were definitely ringing. You could tell that the whole family had something strange going on, and it puts you a little on edge. Nina was way too protective of Aurelia. As a parent, I completely understand that you want to protect your child, and be a little cautious, especially if they have health issues, but the way Nina acted was more possessive than protective. It was all way too much, and that itself should tell you that something is definitely wrong with this family.

There are so many questions that need answers, but with every new answer and discovery, the truth of what is really going on becomes even more terrifying. The end is explosive and an extremely satisfying end to the story that has unfolded.

Although this isn’t one of those action packed thrillers, there is a slow build of intensity throughout the book, that has you completely hooked and on the edge of your seat. You will not be able to put this book down. This is a fantastic debut from Anna Downes, and I am excited to see what she has to offer in the future.

A huge thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for my copy, I give The Safe Place a 4.5 star rating.

10 thoughts on “Review: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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  1. I hadn’t heard about this one before but your review sure paints a mysterious portrait! 😍 I love thrillers and I think this is definitely “my type” as well! LOVED THE REVIEW, Danni! ❤️😇

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  2. I have just been accepted for this book on netgalley and honestly can’t wait to start reading it, I’m glad you enjoyed it and after reading your review can’t wait to start it. Great review

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