Blog Tour: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

Lately I’ve been spending as much time in the garden as possible, soaking in the sunshine (what little we have left here in England!) and there’s nothing I love more than a good thriller to keep me company. In a brilliant stroke of luck, I was able to get my hands on a copy of, the brand new, The Safe Place by Anna Downes which was exactly what I’d been craving, so here are my thoughts!


A beautiful home may hide dangerous secrets…

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’ wife take care of their daughter, Aurelia. 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 glamourous facade. 

Rather than throwing herself headline into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool, Emily can’t help but ask questions. Why have the family been moved to this isolated house so far from home? Why does Aurelia refuse to speak or be touched? Why are there whispers in the night? 

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


We’re well into summer time and who doesn’t love a thriller set in the sunshine of France! There’s just something about sitting in the sunshine while we get wrapped up in the webs of a story that sure to bring a chill despite the heat.

We join Emily, failed actress and recently fired office temp, as her life hits a new low. Who should swoop in with the job offer of a lifetime but her old boss, Scott? But it’s all working out a little too perfectly to be a coincidence. When Emily finds herself whisked away to a remote estate in France with only her boss’s wife and daughter for company and no way of reaching the outside world, everything is not as it seems.

What I loved most about this book was that it constantly kept me guessing. I went back and forth between liking and being suspicious of all of the characters, always trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Because I couldn’t quite guess which angle the danger was coming from, I was hooked! None of the characters were exactly as they seemed which kept the story interesting and meant that details were revealed at the perfect times to spice up a scene. The characters were well written and three dimensional and the descriptions of the settings (especially that of the house in France) made me feel as if I was there right alongside the characters.

The pace of the story moves well and the writing style is easy to follow. For a debut, I have to say that I really enjoyed the world that the author created and it definitely had my mind working to figure out what was causing the sinister feeling at the estate!

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s in the market for a fantastic holiday read or readers who are fans of Lesley Kara and Liane Moriarty!

Rating: 4/5

You can check out the thoughts of some other wonderful book bloggers on this book throughout the rest of The Safe Place blog tour by following along over on social media!

Are you looking forward to reading this book? I’d love to know your thoughts on it! You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you’re looking for a book chat! 😌

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