Book Review: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

51171999Title: The Safe Place
Author: Anna Downes
Source: NetGalley

GoodReads Description: "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.

Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downes's debut 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 Proudman is down and out until she is offered a mysterious position out of the blue.  Think maybe it comes with a catch?  You betchya.

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I have no clue what it is about this book, but it just doesn't do it for me.  Sometimes I think it is just the wrong time for a person to read a book.  I have so many books I have been dying to read right now and I just felt like this book was involved in a diabolical plot to keep me from them.  It just moved so. dang. slow!  I can't take it!  And I didn't feel any kind of atmosphere of thriller in this book.  It's too... sunny? I don't know.  But it just didn't work for me.  It had me skimming a lot... I also felt vaguely like the whole story of being down and out and then receiving a mysterious opportunity is something I've read a lot lately... 

Then, I went into this book expecting something totally different than what it is.  Like I misread the synopsis or a review or something?  And honestly, I feel like this whole review boils down to: It's not you, it's me.  
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2.5 rounded to 3 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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