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Safe Place Kindle Edition
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For struggling actress Emily Proudman, life in London is not working out as planned - in fact, it's falling apart. So when she is offered a job living and working for a wealthy family on their luxurious property in coastal France, she jumps at the opportunity to start over. The estate is picture-perfect, and its owners exude charisma and sophistication. But as Emily gets to know the family, their masks begin to slip, and what at first appears to be a dream come true turns out to be a prison from which none of them will ever escape - unless Emily can find a way to set them all free. Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, The Safe Place combines the modern suspense of The Girl on the Train with the gothic mind-games of Hitchcock's Rebecca.
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About the Author
- ASIN : B0883VG1T6
- Publisher : Affirm Press (30 June 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1444 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 373 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,038 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you are looking for an easy, quick and entertaining escapist read, then THE SAFE PLACE may be the right book for you. I think I must be reading too many mysteries, because unfortunately this one was all a bit too predictable for me to stand out. That said, there were aspects of it that kept me turning the pages, especially the claustrophobic setting when Emily realises that there is something sinister afoot in the idyllic remote French mansion. I felt though that the author had all the makings of a real terrifying read – some scenes and the underlying sense of menace and danger came close to giving me goosebumps – but in the end always she seemed to hold back from letting them unleash their true force and they only created small waves, like a storm in a teacup. I also found some of the character’s motives and actions questionable, and everyone knows how terrible I am at suspending disbelief!
I think that THE SAFE PLACE will be a better fit for readers who enjoy slow burning mysteries that aren’t too confronting or terrifying but offer a nice escapist setting and enough open questions to keep you turning the pages. Lovers of tense, suspenseful and goosebump-raising reads, or those looking for more in-depth character development may not find it as satisfying.
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The writing sets the story apart - evocative imagery that summons all the senses and makes it easy to imagine the scene.
The story was gripping from the first page leaving me reading far too late into the night. I liked the openness of the ending. Excellent.
I enjoyed the book and was kept interested to the end which when it came did tie up matters mostly although did leave me with a slight feeling of sadness. Recommended.
This seems a book of 2 halves. with gaping holes where more details should have been filled in rather then just sweeping them under the carpet. How did Nina get a phone signal in the basement of all places but not in the upper house?
Emily comes over as very naive and slightly idiotic. Scott is definitely very creepy, Nina has severe problems and the daughter Aurelia very ill. None of them come over as very likeable at all and the way of writing as very simplistic got on my nerves. The ending seems to be just that bit smooth as if the author has run out of ideas as to how to finish the book.