The Safe Place by Anna Downes
Emily Proutman’s life is a mess. She’s broke, she’s just lost her job, and her acting agent has quit on her. Desperate and without any prospects, she’s suddenly offered the perfect job by the CEO of the company she previously worked for. The job is as a housekeeper and assistant of sorts on his beautiful French estate, Quarancia. At first, she is completely in awe of Scott’s fabulous wife Nina, and the two quickly become friends. But the longer she stays at Quarancia the more questions she has, like why doesn’t Scott visit more, and what is wrong with their daughter Aurelia who seems to be overcome with maladies. As secrets start to unravel it becomes increasingly apparent that Emily could be in danger if she stays at Quarancia.
The Safe Place was an incredibly fast read for me once I got into it. The build-up a bit slow at the beginning, but it quickly picks up pace. I found it a bit predictable but overall incredibly well done! I didn’t feel an immediate sense of danger but maybe an overall weariness, a “too good to be true” gut feeling, and slowly you can begin to see the danger build piece by piece.
Thank you to Netgalley and Minotaur Books for the review copy! All opinions are my own.