The Couple at No.9 by Claire Douglas (eARC Review)

Format: eBook

Source: NetGalley

Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph 

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Publication Date: 19th August 2021

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

It was the house of their dreams. Until the bodies were found . . . 


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.


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?”

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My Thoughts & Review

Having read and enjoyed a few of Claire Douglas’s previous book I was looking forward to pick this one up and I wasn’t disappointed. 

The Couple at No. 9 follow Saffy (Saffron) and Tom a young couple who have moved into Saffy’s grandmothers old home. During some renovations, the builders discover two bodies that have been buried in the garden. The bodies are of a man and woman, but no one knows who they are, as the house has been rented out to several people in the past. They are unable to ask Saffy’s grandmother for details as she is in a nursing home and suffering from dementia.

I have to be honest the book started off a bit slow for my liking, but once it got going it turned out to be a real page turner for me. The book is cleverly written, with the plot unravelling piece by piece. There were some really good twists, some of which I saw coming, where as some were very shocking as I really wasn’t expecting them at all.  The story is told through two timelines the 1970s to 2018 and is told through multiple narrators. 

Although I enjoyed the plot very much, I think the characterisation was definitely what made this book stand out for me. I found the main characters to be well-drawn and developed well with the plot and added to the story. I liked all the characters, but did have my favourites. These were Saffy and Lorna. At first I wasn’t a fan of Lorna but her character grew on me and I really liked the relationship that began to be built between Saffy and Lorna.

Overall, this turned out to be a good compelling page turner. I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for an engaging mystery!! 

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Penguin Michael Joseph for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating


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Happy Reading!!!

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