The Couple at No. 9 by Claire Douglas #20BooksofSummer21 (6/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Couple at No. 9 by Claire Douglas today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. This is also book six of my 20 books of summer challenge. I’m getting there, slowly! 😂

Well, first things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

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?


In this book we meet young couple Tom and Saffy. They are right in the middle of renovating their dream home when shockingly a body is discovered. What follows is a very twisty tale made even more so because the previous owner of the cottage was Saffy’s grandmother, Rose. What happened all those years ago and does Rose know the truth?!

Well, they were only the tip of the iceberg for the questions I was asking myself throughout this book. I was completely intrigued by this story as secrets and lies from the past just won’t stay buried. This all combined to make me so eager to discover the truth! I really enjoyed the intriguing perspectives and all the parts set in the past. As snippets of information are revealed which bring new revelations but also on occasion even more questions.

For me The Couple at No.9 was a definite slow burn but this gave me time to process the information I was given. Which means that I also got a better feel for both the story and the characters. This also helped me to connect with the characters too. I have to admit that they weren’t necessarily without flaws but I think this helped to give them a more realistic edge. With the reader being pulled into a dark situation right alongside Tom and Saffy. The Couple at No.9 was intriguing, twisty and filled with secrets!

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