title: The Safe Place
author: Anna Downes
genre: thriller / page-turner
publication date: July 14, 2020
page count: 352
Perfect as an airplane or poolside read.
Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books for an Advanced Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest review.
When struggling young actress Emily loses her office temp job and receives an eviction notice from her landlord for too many late payments, her future seems more uncertain than ever. Former employer, company CEO Scott Denny, takes notice of her and believes her to be the perfect fit for their family, serving as an assistant to his wife, playmate to his young daughter, and caretaker of their sprawling oceanside property. Emily accepts, quickly forming a bond with wife Nina as they spend hours a day together restoring the grounds, lounging poolside, and prepping elaborate meals. Young Aurelia is a bit more work, but even she begins to trust Emily as they spend more time together. But, something just feels off…
With a little research, Emily begins to uncover the family’s darkest secrets and suddenly her dream job by the sea is a complete nightmare.
Liked: I absolutely loved the setting - the description of the massive Querencia property and how Emily and Nina spend their days gives me the summer vibes. The story kept me reading, too, and I had fun with this one.
Disliked: Some of the lines in the book were a bit cheesy. The plot is a bit predictable, but still a fun ride.
Recommend for a great summer read. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Next to travel, reading is my greatest pleasure. When I can combine the two...even better.