The Safe Place by Anna Downes. (2020).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
No phones, no outsiders, no escape.
For struggling actress Emily, life in London is falling apart. So when she is offered a live-in job working for a wealthy family on their luxurious coastal property in France, she jumps at the opportunity to start over. It seems picture-perfect and its owners exude charm and sophistication. But as Emily gets to know the family, their masks begin to slip, and what at first seems to be a dream eventually turns out to be a prison from which none of them will escape – unless Emily finds a way to set them all free.
What a great debut novel for the author! It’s not hard to see why this book is proving popular and has such high praise from several authors I admire. Emily is randomly offered a live-in job in a dream location; is she suss about this? Apparently not. Should she be? Yeah, probably. Emily seemed incredibly naive and young at times but she was also quite likeable, she seemed like she had such a good heart. I guessed at the plot twist about halfway through but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment at all. My only very small criticism I would have liked to have known more about Emily’s early childhood as it is alluded to but never fully explained. I look forward to future novels from this author and I think thriller fans will enjoy this offering for sure.