The Couple at No 9

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THE NEW HEART-POUNDING NOVEL FROM SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, CLAIRE DOUGLAS

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

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?

Praise for Claire Douglas

‘Few people do psychological thrillers as claustrophobic and as creepy as Claire Douglas’ Tim Weaver, bestselling author of No One Home

‘Thrillingly tense and twisty’ B. A. Paris, bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

‘Stunning . . . with a killer twist’
Closer

‘Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train’
Marie Claire

‘Twisty, exciting yet so very real’ Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of Anything You Do Say

© Claire Douglas 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Spine-chilling . . . Douglas writes sensitively about dementia in this heartbreaking novel about how far a desperate woman will go to survive

    Sunday Times
  • This book has everything I love: murder, a taut and fiendishly clever plot and nail-biting tension

    Emma Curtis
  • A darkly absorbing mystery

    Crime Monthly
  • Combines a tight, gripping plot and truly shocking twist, with beautiful writing and emotion. A thriller with a heart. One of the best I have read in a long time

    Nuala Ellwood
  • Secrets, skeletons, mothers and daughters – and some absolutely corking twists! A cracking thriller, I loved it

    Eve Chase, author of The Glass House
  • A well-plotted tale. All the characters are hiding things and you’re often waiting for the next secret to blow up. Intriguing. Twisty. Surprising. Touching. Enjoyed it

    Dorothy Koomson

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