James Adley | Author

James Adley



Launched at Foyles Charing Cross on 5th July 2023.
Safehouse is now available at:

  • Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street
  • Many Waterstones Stores
  • Foyles
  • Amazon as paperback and on Kindle
Reviews are coming in and they are very positive…
* * * * *  ‘A Complex Roaring Satisfying Thriller’
* * * * *   ‘An Unusual and Fascinating Story’ 


‘A gripping journey through multiple layers of betrayal. Sometimes harrowing sometimes heart-warming. It will force the reader to look in the mirror and ask “What would I have done in that situation?” ‘



“Safehouse is a remarkable achievement. It’s a particular coup to have made both your main protagonists women, and yet inhabit them so so convincingly. The narrative zips along as in the best thrillers, yet still finds time for reflections on art and human behaviour.”



Events and people interconnect across the twentieth century. Secrets, lies and betrayals. In England, Ireland, Palestine and Germany, the consequences of Gloria’s venomous hatred ripple through the generations.

People who will go to any lengths to destroy their country and those who risk their lives to stop them.

And each of them confronts their faith – Christianity, Judaism or just their conscience – as their lives fail to live up to their prayers.

Each book is a story in its own right, but the tentacles of perverse hatred, and a searing search for justice, pervade them all.


Post-war England. Two women decide to put their country above their families

Adrienne travels the world advising governments on behalf of her country. She doesn’t have time for her son Daniel. Boarding school offers an answer. But for Daniel, being Jewish in an English boarding school in the 1960s is a nightmare.

Eleanor has signed up as a sleeper with MI5. She and lyrical Irish builder Barrie, the love of her life, move to a perfect country cottage, and when a traumatised Daniel finds refuge there, he thinks he’s found his safehouse. But both Eleanor and Barrie hide deep secrets that fracture his fragile tranquillity with terrifying consequences.

In my thriller, we see their lives intertwine and their decisions create a web of revenge, deception and betrayal.

About the author.

James Adley Headshot

Photo Credit Geoff Brooke

After decades as a financial adviser, I have now  fulfilled my dream and written a thriller.

A very small part of the book has its genesis in my time as a Jew in a boarding school in the late 1960s but most of the book and the series uses years of historical research without forgetting it’s primarily a thriller. The characters follow me around as I walk in the woods.

Three other books in the series are mapped out and I plan to write one each year.

I also love being a husband,  father, step father, and grandfather.

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