The Couple at Number 9

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Genre: Mystery
Format: 🎧
Pub Date: 8.2.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆



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?”

Book Review:

“But, before she can grasp hold of it, it floats away, like the seeds of a dandelion on the breeze, out of reach.”

Well, this book was a complete surprise!

I had been in the mood for a mystery, but every book I picked up fell flat for me. I decided to start reading The Couple at Number 9 on my Kindle (before bed), and it piqued my interest, so I picked up the physical copy the following day. Before I knew it, I was taking my dog on a 4-mile walk just so I could sneak in a few extra minutes of the audiobook!

I loved how Claire Douglas told this story – it was definitely mysterious, and I also enjoyed the dual timeline aspect of the story. It gave me a grander sense of ‘putting together pieces of the puzzle’ as each chapter provided a new piece to work with.

At first, I wasn’t sure why the author included the pregnancy aspect in the book, but it turned out to be a nice way to tie in the relationship between the characters (mother/daughter).

I had a feeling as to which direction The Couple at number 9 was going and loved reading as the author wove her story together seamlessly. I thought the book was close to being finished, but I had 100 pages left. I started to worry that I would lose interest, but nope! I was drawn right back in. The extra twist definitely threw me off!

4️⃣ Told from the perspective of Saffy, Lorna, Theo, and Rose
🎧 Excellent audiobook
🧩 Putting together a puzzle of clues
✌🏼 Dual timeline
🔎 Several mysteries wrapped into one

❌ – sexual assault, rape

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Book Info
Format: 385 pages, Paperback
Audiobook Length: 7 hours, 29 minutes
First Published: September 2021 by Penguin
ISBN 9781405943406 (ISBN10: 1405943408)

Free review copy provided by publisher, Harper Perennial, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.

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