THE COUPLE AT No 9 By Claire Douglas @MichaelJBooks @dougieclaire #TheCoupleAtNo9 #Bookblogtour #BookReview

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Thank you to Ella Watkins from PenguinRandomhouse for my spot on this blogtour.

SYNOPSIS

BODIES FOUND UNDER PATIO


When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations the last thing she expects is builders uncovering a body – two bodies in fact.

POLICE INVESTIGATE


Forensics indicate the bodies have been buried at least thirty years.

Nothing Saffy need worry herself over. Until the police
launch a murder investigation and ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner – her grandmother, Rose.

OWNER QUESTIONED


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


A KILLER AT LARGE


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


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 REVIEW

This is a real page turner that will have you hooked from beginning to end. A story told through multiple points of view that blend so well, as the story throws twists and turns from each direction. You have no idea what is going to happen next.

When Saffy and Tom move into a cottage that Saffy’s grandmother Rose owned they are so excited, with a baby on the way the cottage in a quaint village in the Cotswalds seemed to be the perfect place to raise a child. Rose is in a care home with Alzheimers, she had gifted the cottage to her daughter Lorna, it had been rented out for years since Rose had moved out in 1980. Neither Lorna or Saffy had originally known about the cottage. Why had Rose kept the place such a secret? Lorna lived in Spain and had no intention of coming back to England to live.

Just as groundwork begins to have an extension on the kitchen, the builders discover human remains. This puts a halt on the work and the police are called, no one knows how long the bones have been there. But it’s not just one body it’s two, now me, I think I would have left not sure I would fancy living in a place where two bodies had been buried under the patio! From then on the story begins. With two timelines 1980 and 2018. The points of view are those of Saffy, Theo, Lorna, Rose, and Daphne.

Theo lives in Yorkshire with his wife Jen, he visits his elderly father regularly out of obligation rather than love, his father doesn’t come across as a loveable person. But along the way the character’s stories all collide adding a few more questions, and tension.

This is a well plotted story, with the author managing to make all the characters stories fit so well. The claustrophobic atmosphere of the village in both timelines, at times the cottage so close to the woods with no street lights becomes quite creepy. With characters you really bond with and some you don’t, but some you like but then think how do I like that person. I loved Saffy, she is devoted to her grandmother visiting her in the home regularly, their relationship seems stronger than the one she has with her mother, but you gradually start to understand why that is. The story starts off slowly but as you read on the tension gradually builds towards the unexpected conclusion.

I found myself able to picture the village in both timelines, and the characters came alive on the pages. This is a slow boiler of a story but as you read on the tension gradually ratchets up a notch gradually building towards the unexpected conclusion. If you like a good Psychological thriller then I would definitely recommend this.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years writing features for women’s magazines and national newspapers. Her first novel, The Sisters, was followed by Local Girl Missing, Last Seen Alive and Do Not Disturb, all Sunday Times bestsellers. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.


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