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Review: The Safe Place

The Safe Place

The Safe Place 
By Anna Downes
Minotaur Books, 9781250264800, July 14, 2020, 368pp.

The Short of It:

A surprising read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Rest of It:

The cover hints at something sinister going on and yet I could not for the life of me figure out what until very late in the story. It kept me guessing and I really enjoyed how it all unfolded as I eagerly turned each page.

Emily is a young, struggling actress who works temp jobs just to get by. One morning she shows up to work only to find out that she’s being let go. She can’t make the rent, her bank account is depleted and now this. What she doesn’t know is that Scott, the boss who just decided to let her go, has other plans for her.

He offers her a live-in position caring for his wife and daughter at his home in France. Included in the deal is a car, a bank account with plenty of spending money and a beautiful place to call home. This is the answer to Emily’s dreams and after a few weeks with the family she discovers that she loves this family and has really grown attached to their young daughter, Aurelia.

As the story unfolds, Emily becomes concerned. Something isn’t right and there seems to be many secrets that Nina and Scott are keeping from her. At one point in the story I was seriously creeped out!

I really enjoyed The Safe Place. I read it in just a couple of sittings because the story starts with a bang and right out of the gate you want to know what’s going to happen next. I am loving these kinds of reads during these COVID times. If you need a quick, riveting read to get you through the day, pick this one up.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: What Rose Forgot

What Rose Forgot

What Rose Forgot
By Nevada Barr
Minotaur Books, 9781250207135, September 2019, 304pp.

The Short of It:

Not sure what I read.

The Rest of It:

It’s quite possible that my review copy (ebook) was not quite finished or was missing key pieces because no matter how carefully I read, the story was disjointed. Very disjointed. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it if it’s a book you’ve read.

From what I could gather, Rose wakes up in a hospital unit which specializes in Alzheimer’s. She is heavily drugged and overhears the nurses talking about how she “might not make it” and from the comments she overhears, she can tell that no one really cares if she does. She decides to make her escape.

This is where it gets fuzzy. She leaves because she does not have Alzheimer’s and fears for her life but no where in the version I read does it explain why someone put her there. However, her escape and how she manages to turn the tables is quite entertaining. She enlists her sister and her young, thirteen-year-old granddaughter to help her and this kid is delightful.

As you can tell, I don’t think I can accurately review this book because it seriously feels as if chapters were missing. Looking at the print there doesn’t appear to be any obvious issues. No dangling sentences or encrypted anything but the story made absolutely no sense.

Has anyone read it? If so, and you happened to review it, send me the link and I will include the link here.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.