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Australian thriller The Safe Place is about to make its keenly awaited release around the world in July, with simultaneous publication in ANZ, US and UK.

Central Coast author Anna Downes worked as an actor in London before making a new life in Australia. In the throes of post-natal depression and feeling lost without her old creative career, Anna began to write as a way of controlling something in her world.

She wrote and wrote, and ended up with the outstanding thriller, The Safe Place.


Meet the author


Publicity and marketing

Booksellers might be sick of hearing us raving about The Safe Place by now! But rest assured, our spruiking is not limited to you, and this title is backed with an exhaustive marketing and publicity campaign. We kicked off this week with extensive digital advertising across social media, book channels, podcasts, The Guardian, and a double-page feature in Fairfax’s Sunday Life magazine, with loads more coverage and excellent reviews to follow.

Anna will be visiting NSW stores by appointment and heading further afield once restrictions are lifted, so get in touch if you’d like a signing or an event (online or in-store).



‘A dark and wonderful debut that lulls you in with beautiful prose and complex, believable characters, then beats you over the head with a killer plot and a thrilling climax. Everyone will be talking about this book!’—Christian White

‘The tension ratchets up and up in this beautifully paced thriller – an outstanding debut, populated by complex and sympathetic characters.’—Chris Hammer

‘Starkly original and with an alarmingly plausible premise, this is destined to be a bestseller.’—J.P. Pomare

‘An exciting and compelling new voice.’—B.A. Paris

‘Creepy and addictive … a slick modern thriller with the perfect amount of old-fashioned twists.’—Sarah Bailey


The story

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.

The Safe Place will be published in Australia, the US and UK simultaneously, with more international territories to follow.


Read an excerpt




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Kelsey Oldham

Digital editor
Brad Jefferies

Acting editor, Daily
Matthia Dempsey

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Anthea Yang

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