The Couple at No.9 by Claire Douglas

Tense and twisty with added family drama that will have you hooked!

I was kindly gifted a copy of this from the publisher Michael Joseph in exchange for an honest review and to take part in the blog tour.

The Couple at No.9 by Claire Douglas
416 Pages
Out Now


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


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.


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.


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?


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is one of those books that slowly reveals hints of details to you by going back to the past, present and through numerous characters – and it worked really well!

It’s definitely all about the mystery with this one and whilst it’s not that fast paced the author does a brilliant job of weaving everything together which will have you desperate to figure out just what is going on. Each chapter is like a mini cliffhanger and will leave you with another piece of the puzzle for you to try and figure out.

As to what is going on….I’ll admit I did guess pretty early on what had happened but it didn’t ruin the enjoyment for me. I loved each character which the author made feel real to me and made me care about them. Whilst this book is centered around these two bodies and the mystery that goes with that, it also felt like a family drama too and near the end it definitely makes you think ‘What would you do in that situation? How would you feel?’

Overall this was full of murder, mystery, family drama and well executed twists that will have you gripped until the very last page.

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