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The Safe Place

(2020)
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Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downes's debut, The Safe Place, is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.

Welcome to paradise...will you ever be able to leave?

Emily is a mess.

Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.

Scott 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 perfect.

Scott 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 deadly.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Compellingly disturbing. Anna Downes is a powerful story writer who will lull you into a false sense of security - and then pounce. An author to be watched." - Jane Corry

"Tense and atmospheric with the seemingly idyllic, yet eerie, setting. A truly gripping read." - Karen Hamilton

"An outstanding debut. The Safe Place is destined to be a book club favourite." - Chris Hammer

"I absolutely devoured The Safe Place, and lived and breathed every second. The images Anna Downes creates are so vivid and real that I was transported between Soho and France in the flick of an eye. I had no idea where it was going; I just knew I had to hold onto Emily’s coattails and go along for the ride. This one is going to fly! If you love a suspense thriller with a punch, I’d highly recommend The Safe Place." - Sandie Jones

"It's such a rare thing - a claustrophobic, addictive thriller that lets you actually feel for all of the characters involved." - Gytha Lodge

"A brilliantly atmospheric novel that keeps you equally gripped and unsettled from page one. Starkly original and with an alarmingly plausible premise, this is destined to be a bestseller." - J P Pomare

"A dark and wonderful debut that lulls you in with beautiful prose and complex, believable characters, then beats you over the head with a killer plot and a thrilling climax. Everyone will be talking about this book!" - Christian White


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Hardback Editions

July 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Safe Place: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Downes
ISBN: 1-250-26480-4 / 978-1-250-26480-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

August 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Safe Place: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Downes
ISBN: 1-250-26481-2 / 978-1-250-26481-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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April 2021 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Safe Place
Author(s): Anna Downes
ISBN: 1-922400-72-6 / 978-1-922400-72-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Affirm Press
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June 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Safe Place: The most addictive summer thriller
Author(s): Anna Downes
ISBN: 1-5293-7509-6 / 978-1-5293-7509-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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July 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Safe Place
Author(s): Anna Downes
ISBN: 1-250-77498-5 / 978-1-250-77498-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan USA International ed
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June 2020 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Safe Place
Author(s): Anna Downes
ISBN: 1-925972-65-8 / 978-1-925972-65-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Affirm Press
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June 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: The Safe Place
Author(s): Anna Downes
ISBN: 1-5293-7508-8 / 978-1-5293-7508-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Audio Editions

July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Safe Place
Author(s): Anna Downes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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July 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Safe Place
Author(s): Anna Downes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Safe Place
Author(s): Anna Downes
ISBN: 1-250-75163-2 / 978-1-250-75163-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Safe Place: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Downes
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


July 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Safe Place: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Downes
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2020 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Safe Place: The most addictive summer thriller
Author(s): Anna Downes
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Safe Place: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Downes
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


June 2020 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Safe Place: No phones. No outsiders. No escape.
Author(s): Anna Downes
Publisher: Affirm Press
Availability: Amazon AU