When pregnant Saffron Cutler and her boyfriend Tom move into 9 Skelton Place, they didn’t expect to find this.
Two bodies, buried under the patio over thirty years ago.
When the police launch a murder investigation, they ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner – Saffy’s grandmother, Rose, whose Alzheimer’s clouds her memory.
But it is clear she remembers something . . .
What happened thirty years ago?
What part did her grandmother play?
And is Saffy now in danger? . . .
Strangely enough, this is the second of my hot picks for this quarter that features a character with Alzheimer’s and once again it’s a brilliant twisty read but that’s Claire Douglas for you! I love her books and she’s another of my must buy authors as I always preorder her books without even knowing the blurb!
Here we have a young couple who have moved into their new home, away from the city, expecting a quiet life but then their dreams come crashing down around them when their building works have to stop due to the discovery of two bodies buried in the garden. Who are they and how long have they been there? When the police get involved, it starts to get a little more personal when they want to talk to Saffy’s grandmother, the previous owner of the house. She is now in a home suffering from Alzheimer’s but when little clues gradually come to the surface, will it make her remember what happened thirty years ago?
I loved this storyline-and all the characters within it-as they attempted to find how who was buried in the garden and why. Claire Douglas was able to keep the tension high, pulling some amazing and unexpected twists out of the bag that I did not see coming. It may be a psychological thriller but it’s also a book about love, family and selfhood and it kept me up till the early hours desperate for answers. The mother/daughter relationships were especially well developed, poignant and bittersweet with unspoken regrets and lost memories.
The Couple at Number 9 is an intense read, beautifully crafted with a well balanced storyline. It was one of my hot books for August but it looks like the publication date has now been pushed back to 30th September. But it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year so make sure you keep and eye out for it!
Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, writing features for women’s magazines and national newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, with her first novel, The Sisters, which was followed by Local Girl Missing, Last Seen Alive,Do Not Disturb,Then She Vanishes and Just Like the Other Girls. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children