Thrilling and Atmospheric: Read an Extract of The Safe Place by Anna Downes

Thrilling and Atmospheric: Read an Extract of The Safe Place by Anna Downes

You might’ve already heard of The Safe Place – it’s was a huge hit with our readers back in 2020. Now it’s being re-issued with a stunning new cover for you to enjoy. So is it worth the hype? Absolutely. Read on to see why…

When the car bypassed the main terminal building and pulled up next to a sign that said Private Jet Centre, Emily breathed in so fast she almost choked.

‘You’re kidding me,’ she said to her driver (her very own driver!), who smiled and opened the door for her like she was Cinderella.

A security gate led her to a glass tunnel to a departure lounge so elegant it could have been a hotel lobby. Precisely no one rummaged through her luggage or even asked to see a boarding pass; instead, she was ushered straight out onto the tarmac, where two pilots and a flight attendant greeted her personally with shiny white smiles. The attendant took her passport and led her towards a small plane, sleek and bullet-nosed, with just six passenger windows and a little staircase that dropped from a door in the side.

Emily climbed the stairs into a glossy, leather-lined heaven. Suddenly regretting her choice of comfy flight-wear (black leggings, a Ramones T-shirt and a pair of old Converse sneakers), she stood gawping at the armchairs and full-length sofa, waiting for the crew to realise their mistake and escort her back to the terminal. We’re so sorry, they would surely say. We thought you were someone else. Or she would wake up in her shabby little flat, her lungs full of mould spores, to find that it had all been a dream. Any minute now, she thought…

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The Safe Place by Anna Downes is a Thrilling Page-Turner

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The Safe Place by Anna Downes is a Thrilling Page-Turner

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        Publisher details

        The Safe Place
        Author
        Anna Downes
        Publisher
        Affirm Press
        Genres
        Crime Fiction, Fiction
        Released
        30 June, 2020
        ISBN
        9781925972658

        Synopsis

        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 live-in job working for a wealthy family on their luxurious coastal property in 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 Rebecca.
        Anna Downes
        About the author

        Anna Downes

        Anna Downes grew up in Sheffield, UK. She studied drama at Manchester before winning a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and moving to London to pursue an acting career. Her acting credits include EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, and Dalziel and Pascoe, as well as a long-running stage production of The Dresser in London’s West End.In 2009 she left to go travelling with her Australian partner, a trip that included a stint working as a live-in housekeeper on a remote French estate, where the seeds for The Safe Place were sown. Anna now lives on the Central Coast with her husband and two children. The Safe Place is being published simultaneously in the US and the UK, with several other countries to follow.

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