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The Safest Place

The Safest Place [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Bugler
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Praise for Suzanne Bugler 'A dark but deftly written novel about modern family life' Marie Claire 'This novel had me so engrossed I read it in three days' Essentials 'Dark and unsettling, but compulsive' Choice

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How cosy I made it sound. How easy. Sam and Ella both looked at me for a moment, their faces a mixture of apprehension and wistfulness. I smiled back at them indulgently, feeling so pleased with myself. Now, I look back and I want to grab my old self by the shoulders and shake, hard. I want to slap the smug smile off my face. I wasn’t just complacent; I was blind. Jane Berry has always dreamed of moving to the country. When she uproots her family and takes them to live in a rural paradise, at first it all seems perfect. She has the house and the space she always longed for and is determined to make a better life for herself and her children. But when her marriage comes under pressure the dream starts to fall apart. A seemingly promising new friendship shows its dark side and Jane finds her life spiralling out of control. Then one night a line is crossed that threatens to ruin her and break apart her family forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (14 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living the Dream in the Country 29 Mar 2013
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Suzanne Bugler's books all concentrate on family relationships, her descriptions so good that each time I read one of her books it feels like I am peeking through the windows on someone else's life.

In the safest Place starts with Jane persuading her husband to live their dream, this couple's dream is to live in the country. Once Jane decides that she wants to move and broaches the idea she quickly escalates to a full blown campaign to make the move happen. The couples two children, a quiet son Sam and a younger daughter Ella are promised an idyllic life but the dream soon becomes a little troubled as reality encroaches.

I don't read Suzanne Bugler's books for an action packed read, her books are far more about observing people and their relationships, however I was surprised that it took quite so long for the event to happen that is to change everything for all of them. The relationships are well observed, mother to teenage son, the envy Jane hopes to inspire to her London friends to that she feels towards her new friend in the country .the sadness of a marriage under strain and the way Jane feels like a teenage daughter when conversing with her own parents are all perfectly drawn.

Suzanne Bugler is an expert on mothers of all types as illustrated in her previous two books This Perfect World and The Child Inside
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Have you ever wondered what really happens to those couples who trade a sophisticated (if cramped) existence in the capital for some picturesque but remote village? This novel completely captures the middle class angst and sense of entitlement which drives those couples who are already living a life which most people in the UK, never mind the rest of the world, would regard as aspirational. I was gripped by this dark tale from beginning to end and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants something with a little more edge than the average chicklit or romantic novel.

Sometimes Amazon recommendations really do come up trumps and this is a case in point - not only was 'The Safest Place' a great read but now I also have the chance to catch up with the back catalogue of this extremely talented writer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sinister, albeit slow, read 30 Nov 2013
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I have been a fan of Suzanne Bugler's since reading and being impressed by This Perfect World, and found this novel to share similar themes of outward contentment yet inner resentment, of the dark tone female friendships can take.

Like 'This Perfect World', there is irony in the title of the novel: the safest place proves, ultimately to be anything but. The novel is certainly character rather than plot driven, as the plot in itself is so straightforward as to risk being slightly dull: Jane Berry makes the decision to move her family - husband David and children Sam and Ella - from London to a rural location. Unsurprisingly, things begin blissfully but slowly disintegrate: the novel's climax then causes Jane to reconsider.

This is certainly an enjoyable read: the lack of complexity of the plot and the relatively slow pace of any action mean the reader is at liberty to consider the characters, which seems to be the author's intent. Like a previous reviewer, I also smiled at the names of the children - "Sam and Ella" is, however, as far as I can see, a deliberate and conscious choice on the part of Bugler. By having Jane christen her children names which are perfectly innocuous individually but together sound ridiculous at best (like a deadly virus at worst!) we are given important clues about Jane's character. Jane Berry is not a woman who thinks at length or considers the impact of her actions, on herself or on others, with regard to the naming of children or the moving of a family. I did find Jane's attitude so unreasonable as to be unrealistic at several points in the novel which is part of the reason I awarded the book four stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, bleak, depressing but kind of brilliant 27 Jan 2014
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I've just finished reading this book and I feel exhausted. It's not exactly an enjoyable experience, more of a masochistic exercise. But it's very well written and in a miserable, nerve-wracking way, it's very good.

Jane badgers her husband David into buying a dream house in the country, and the family ups sticks and moves from London to their West Country idyll. All this is very well described and tension builds almost imperceptibly. At first Jane is smug. She invites people down so she can show off the family's wonderful new life. But David is spending five hours a day commuting, making friends is not so easy when you live a long way from anywhere, and soon the cracks begin to show.

Jane's relationship with her new friend Melanie, a woman with a more laid-back attitude to parenting is plausible and fantastically well described. Melanie is completely believable, in fact of all the characters in the book she is probably the most real.

This is less a story about Jane and more about her teenage son Sam and its Sam's story, the fact that he does not really have a safe place, that is so harrowing.

I didn't enjoy it, but it's completely compelling and rather brilliant. Suzanne Bugler is a fantastic writer. Recommended but only if you're feeling very buoyant to start with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
Enjoyed this book. A page turner, you will enjoy if you are a fan of psychological thrillers. I would recommend.
Published 26 days ago by flossy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very jolly
I was sufficiently engaged to read this book to the end.
Well written and an honest insightful review of the difficulties faced when moving from the city to the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by wendy grassby
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
I enjoyed this book. It started slow but built up and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened.
Published 6 months ago by T McDowell
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
this is the first book by Suzanne bugler I have read and I thought it was very well written and really enjoyed the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by clancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read!
An interesting and thought provoking read - I couldn't put it down. It's made me think twice about that cottage in the country!
Published 6 months ago by lynda harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Wine and whining.
I have just trudged my way through this terminally tedious story, hoping that it would redeem itself eventually and reward me for investing my reading time. Sadly, no. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Katharine Kirby
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overall - poor ending
Nice writing style and well rounded characters. The 'heroine' was pretty unlikable though - and I felt sorry that her husband ended up returning to her. Read more
Published 7 months ago by summitlovercp
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel
I can't recommend this novel highly enough. There are few books these days that I find "unputdownable" but this is one. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jane Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars The Safest Place - reviewed by a Devon reader
I have now read all three of this author's wonderful books and find them un-put-downable. Her descriptions of people's lives, feelings and experiences are moving and real. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. M L Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars A very dark story
Having read a couple of Suzanne Bugler's novels previously, I knew what to expect from her writing. Once again, it was a very dark and edgy novel, with one scene in particular that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MD
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