The Couple at Number 9

Published: August 2, 2022

Paperback: 400 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley & Harper Perennial and Paperbacks, I received an eARC)

GOODREADS RATING: 5/5 STARS

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

“Tense, twisty, fraught with emotion and packed with secrets, The Couple at Number 9 is Claire’s best thriller yet.”–Gilly MacMillan, bestselling author of What She Knew

The internationally bestselling author of Do Not Disturb and Just Like the Other Girls delivers a heart-pounding psychological thriller about a couple who inherit what seems to be their dream home, until they make a horrifying discovery–and the danger begins.

The Victims . . .

When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations, the last thing she expects is builders uncovering human remains. The remains of two bodies, in fact.

The Investigation . . .

Forensics indicate the bodies have been buried at least thirty years. Saffy has nothing to worry about–until the police launch a murder inquiry and ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner. Her grandmother, Rose.

The Witness . . .

Rose is in a nursing home and Alzheimer’s means her memory is increasingly confused. She can’t help the police, but its’ clear she remembers something.

The Killer . . .

As Rose’s fragmented memories resurface, and the police dig ever deeper, Saffy fears she and the cottage are being watched.

The Truth . . .

What happened thirty years ago? Why did no one miss the victims? What part did her grandmother play? And is Saffy now in danger?

MY THOUGHTS:

This book got me straight from chapter one, I was immediately into the storyline. It unfolded pretty slowly but I thought it was a great pace for what was happening. Everything unfolded in a way where I was blindsided by the twists.

I always enjoy books told in multiple points of view. I wasn’t a huge fan of Lorna’s chapters, mainly because she annoyed me as a character. Of course, I feel like that was the author’s intention. The layout of mother/daughter/grandmother was done in a wonderful way that made you get to know their dynamics so well.

Overall this was a book full of twists and turns I had no idea were coming. Up until the very end I was on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend this book.

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