The Shadow House

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What to expect

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Alex has arrived at Pine Ridge – an ecovillage nestled high in the hills, surrounded by forests. She is determined to to make a fresh start for her and her two children, and this rural community apart from the modern world seems like the perfect place.

Beautiful. Idyllic. Safe.

But then sinister boxes start to arrive, and one by one they chip away at Alex’s peace. She starts to hear stories about something awful that happened here years before, stories which sound eerily familiar.

Bones. Doll. Blood.

History looks to be repeating itself. Alex has come here to keep her children safe from harm. But in this little rural paradise, they could be in more danger than ever before.

Extraordinarily tense and deliciously mysterious, Anna Downes’s The Shadow House follows one woman’s desperate journey to protect her children at any cost, in a remote place where not everything is as it seems.

Authors love ANNA DOWNES

‘It’s such a rare thing – a claustrophobic, addictive thriller that lets you actually feel for all of the characters involved’ Gytha Lodge, bestselling author of She Lies in Wait on The Safe Place

‘A brilliantly atmospheric novel that keeps you equally gripped and unsettled from page one. Starkly original and with an alarmingly plausible premise, this is destined to be a bestseller’ J.P. Pomare, bestselling author of In the Clearing on The Safe Place

‘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’ Christian White, author of The Nowhere Child on The Safe Place

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Critics Review

  • Praise for THE SAFE PLACE

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  • It’s such a rare thing – a claustrophobic, addictive thriller that lets you actually feel for all of the characters involved. Anna has such skill in combining the heart-in-mouth feeling that everything is building to a disaster with genuine emotion

    Gytha Lodge, bestselling author of, She Lies in Wait
  • A brilliantly atmospheric novel that keeps you equally gripped and unsettled from page one. Starkly original and with an alarmingly plausible premise, this is destined to be a bestseller

    J.P. Pomare, bestselling author of, Call Me Evie
  • The Safe Place is 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. It’s the kind of book you race through as quickly as you can so you can start it again. Everyone will be talking about this book!

    Christian White, author of The Nowhere Child and The Wife and the Widow

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