The Couple at No. 9 by Claire Douglas #BookReview

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?

My Thoughts on The Couple at No. 9

I have long been a fan of Claire Douglas. She has a great way of taking a ‘standard’ domestic thriller and adding a twist in the tail that makes you want to keep reading. That’s definitely true here, where the story kept shifting the ground beneath my feet so that I wasn’t quite sure who was good, who was bad, who was in danger, and who I needed to keep an eye on.

The story itself is real enough to make it relatable and the characters felt genuine – I cared for Saffy and her mom and felt for them as the secrets her grandmother kept started to tear her world apart. And it was well written; Douglas’ style is easy to read without anything being ‘dumbed down’. It all made for a real page turner (something I needed after some of my latest reads, which have really let me down).

Is there anything I didn’t like – just one thing, the title…I still can’t quite figure out why The Couple at No. 9 were so important to the story (unless I missed something – if you’ve read it and I have, please let me know).

4.5/5 stars

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Other books I’ve read/reviewed by Claire Douglas

Just Like the Other Girls

Then She Vanishes

Do Not Disturb

Local Girl Missing

The Sisters

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