The Couple at Number 9: A Novel (Paperback)
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“Tense, twisty, fraught with emotion and packed with secrets, The Couple at Number 9 is Claire’s best thriller yet.”—Gilly MacMillan, bestselling author of What She Knew
The internationally bestselling author of Do Not Disturb and Just Like the Other Girls delivers a heart-pounding psychological thriller about a couple who inherit what seems to be their dream home, until they make a horrifying discovery—and the danger begins.
The Victims . . .
When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations, the last thing she expects is builders uncovering human remains. The remains of two bodies, in fact.
The Investigation . . .
Forensics indicate the bodies have been buried at least thirty years. Saffy has nothing to worry about—until the police launch a murder inquiry and ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner. Her grandmother, Rose.
The Witness . . .
Rose is in a nursing home and Alzheimer’s means her memory is increasingly confused. She can’t help the police, but its’ clear she remembers something.
The Killer . . .
As Rose’s fragmented memories resurface, and the police dig ever deeper, Saffy fears she and the cottage are being watched.
The Truth . . .
What happened thirty years ago? Why did no one miss the victims? What part did her grandmother play? And is Saffy now in danger?
About the Author
Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, writing features for women’s magazines and newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning Marie Claire’s Debut Novel Award for her first book, The Sisters, which became a bestseller. She lives in Bath, England, with her husband and two children.
“This gripping tale is sure to garner her new fans.” — Publishers Weekly
“The stories of the three women play out in a shadowy narrative that is tense and compelling and often touching until the horrifying truth is revealed. This mindbender from the best-selling Douglas will hit the spot with fans of Fiona Barton and Paula Hawkins.” — Booklist
"Featuring multiple points of view and realistic characters, the latest twisty thriller from Douglas will appeal to fans of taut page-turners like The Turn of the Key and The Guest List." — Shelf Awareness
"An emotion-churning series of twists and turns uniting two disparate sets of people in a hunt for the truth." — New York Journal of Books
"Gripping, twisty and hold-your-breath tense, this is Claire Douglas's best book yet." — Tim Weaver, bestselling author of No One Home
"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, bestselling author of All My Lies are True
"Secrets, skeletons, mothers and daughters—and some absolutely corking twists! A cracking thriller, I loved it." — Eve Chase, bestselling author of The Glass House
"This book has everything I love: murder, a taut and fiendishly clever plot and nail-biting tension." — Emma Curtis, bestselling author of One Little Mistake
"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, bestselling author of The House on the Lake
"Twisty, nail-biting, and utterly absorbing, you won't be able to put The Couple at No. 9 down." — Louise O'Neill, author of After the Silence
"Expansive, emotional, with one of the very best end twists I've ever read. Douglas at her heart-stopping best." — Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of The Evidence Against You
"Tense, twisty, fraught with emotion and packed with secrets, The Couple at No. 9 is Claire's best thriller yet." — Gilly MacMillan, bestselling author of What She Knew
"Claire is a mistress at weaving the reader into a web of domestic deceit." — Jane Corry, bestselling author of I Made a Mistake
"The perfect gripping holiday read." — Lesley Pearse, bestselling author of Suspects