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The Safe Place Emily Proudman was destitute Her acting career was over before it had even begun She d lost her temping job as a receptionist The rent was behind again and the landlord had given her four weeks to get out And there was no one left who would lend her a couch to sleep on, or money to see her through She had no idea what she would do next That was, until Scott Denny, her old boss, offered her a job that was far too good to be true So much money, and to just be a companion to his wife, an Emily Proudman was destitute Her acting career was over before it had even begun She d lost her temping job as a receptionist The rent was behind again and the landlord had given her four weeks to get out And there was no one left who would lend her a couch to sleep on, or money to see her through She had no idea what she would do next That was, until Scott Denny, her old boss, offered her a job that was far too good to be true So much money, and to just be a companion to his wife, and help care for his daughter in France Absolutely.Nina was incredibly beautiful, and her six year old daughter was sweet She had a medical issue so it would take Emily time to get close to her but the estate was divine She lived in the guesthouse not far from the main house Everything was perfect until it wasn t Completely isolated, no internet or phone the uneasiness slid up and down Emily s spine She knew deep down there was something wrong but what The Safe Place by Aussie author Anna Downes was one I was really looking forward to Her debut novel, with an enticing cover and a blurb that promised chills But I was disappointed The storyline was choppy, the plot a little predictable Emily oh Emily Have you not heard the saying if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is Na ve, gullible but she finally found some sense Recommended to fans of the genre.With thanks to Affirm Press and NetGalley for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review 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 i 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 alsocomplex 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 andresilient 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 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 Leave ➷ Their Language of Love Free ➭ Author Bapsi Sidhwa – Mgiworx.co.uk Her Job ➟ Turbulence free download ➤ Author Samit Basu – Mgiworx.co.uk And Her Apartment In One Miserable Day Emily Is DesperateScott Denny [Reading] ➸ Der letzte Held Author Samit Basu – Mgiworx.co.uk A Successful And Charismatic CEO [Download] ➻ Agua ✤ Bapsi Sidhwa – Mgiworx.co.uk 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 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Kirby – Mgiworx.co.uk Anna Downs S Debut Is The Perfect Summer Suspense [ Download ] ✤ Wise and Otherwise/The Old Man and his God/The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk Author Sudha Murty – Mgiworx.co.uk With The Modern Gothic Feel Of Ruth Ware And The Morally Complex Family Dynamics Of Lisa JewellWelcome To Paradisewill You Ever Be Able To Leave 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 mes 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 A bit predictable, but a nice escape from worldwide pandemics nonethelessMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. 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 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 forfrom this authorThanks to Netgalley and Minotaur books for the opportunity to read and review this book 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 mo 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 aeffective story lineand would have somehow tied the characterstightly together, which ultimately never ended up happening hide spoiler The reason I decided to round down from 3.5 stars is simplethe book left us with a few unanswered questions Remember that tweak I mentioned above The epilogue needed to give usinformation It felt incomplete Instead of using it to tie everything up and fill in the plot holes, which would have ultimately left the reader feeling satisfiedit instead felt generic and mundane view spoiler We spent the entire novel getting to know these characters, yet we never really find out what happens to ANY of themexcept maybe Scott And did anybody else feel as though this book was loosely based on the Madeleine McCann s disappearance, or was that just me hide spoiler This story is well worth a read I ll definitely be reading Ms Downes future worksas she hones her craft, I foresee some truly incredible work coming our way I, for one, am excited Available in the U.S on July 14, 2020My sincere thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for my review copy. 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 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 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 withquestions 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 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 withquestions 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 3.5interesting, 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 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 wantedof 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 tofrom this author


About the Author: Anna Downes

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 a live in housekeeper on a remote French estate in 2009 10.


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