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The Safest Place Audio CD – 1 Apr 2013

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471231046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471231049
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,581,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. But when her marriage comes under pressure the dream starts to fall apart and Jane finds her life spiralling out of control. Then one night a line is crossed that threatens to ruin her and her family forever.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss R. Hughes on 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Linton on 23 Mar. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2014
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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. It didn't.

A thoroughly unlikeable lady gets what she wished for, at a cost that was there to be plainly predicted from the outset. She may have moved but she has taken herself with her. And how could any poor husband survive a two and a half hour each way daily commute? He had my sympathy but as he doesn't feature a great deal, that didn't help engage me much.

Set to self-destruct and drag her unfortunate children with her; Jane swans along oblivious to the misery she is creating; pushing for the Country Living dream, powering along an inevitable path to a mess someone else has to clear up.

The only friendship she manages to make is the worst of all choices; Melanie and her children look hopeful at first but then become part of the problem. Their two worlds collide and the bomb goes off.

This felt like a particularly dreary soap opera. Even Jane hates herself so sticking with her drab story seems a big ask. She admits being nasty, spiteful and without real empathy. I felt she was immature and silly, cruel even.

However people do behave as Jane does and she was honest about her failings, when looking back. There were plenty of recognisable, believable conversations, well observed writing, sharp dialogue. I liked that but felt it was let down by the rather weak plot.
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