The Safe Place by Anna Downes

‘The world was a much darker and more complicated place than she’d ever thought.’

Life in London is not going to plan for Emily Proudman.  She’s an aspiring actress and when she loses her job, she’s desperate.   Her former boss Scott offers her a live-in job with his wife and daughter on their estate on a remote estate in France.  Emily sees this as a perfect opportunity. 

Emily moves to the estate where Scott’s wife and daughter Aurelia live.  She has her own house there and while she must abide by strict rules, that’s okay.  But Aurelia is a troubled child and Nina seems to have a few issues of her own.  Scott visits occasionally but doesn’t spend much time there.

The longer Emily stays, the more concerned she becomes.  There are secrets, and Emily is determined to try to find the truth.

‘The Safe Place’ is an interesting tale of suspense.  The reader has more information than Emily, at least initially, but that heightens the suspense rather than relieves it.  Any parent will be concerned.  And the ending?  Well you’ll need to read it for yourself.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Affirm Press for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. 

Jennifer Cameron-Smith

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