The Couple at Number 9

Published: August 2, 2022

Paperback: 400 pages

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



“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?


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.

Boston Book Reader