It was the house of her dreams. Until the first body was found. A new emotionally dark and unsettling thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller An inherited cottage. A body buried in the garden. And a secret spanning three generations. When Saffy's beloved grandmother, Rose, goes into a care home, Saffy learns that she has inherited her Cotswolds cottage. But as work begins on much-needed renovations, the body of a young woman is uncovered in the garden. Who is she? During Rose's more lucid moments, she reveals snippets of information that Saffy pieces together. And then another body is discovered. As she delves into Rose's past, Saffy uncovers dark secrets, calling into question everything she thought she knew about her family.


ISBN13: 9781405943406
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 432
Publication Date: 30 Sep 2021
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London,United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(W)298
Weight (gm): 298

Author Biography

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. Her latest novel, The Couple at No 9, was a Sunday Times top 3 bestseller and a Kindle number 1. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.


Spine-chilling . . . Douglas writes sensitively about dementia in this heartbreaking novel about how far a desperate woman will go to survive

* Sunday Times *
This book has everything I love: murder, a taut and fiendishly clever plot and nail-biting tension -- Emma Curtis
A darkly absorbing mystery * Crime Monthly *
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
Secrets, skeletons, mothers and daughters - and some absolutely corking twists! A cracking thriller, I loved it -- Eve Chase, author of The Glass House
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
Devotees of domestic noir will love the multiple perspectives and shifts in time that Claire Douglas uses to complicate her nervy narrative * The Times Crime Club Newsletter *
Tense, twisty, fraught with emotion and packed with secrets, The Couple at No. 9 is Claire's best thriller yet -- Gilly Macmillan
This well-paced thriller never lets up the pace, and delivers a twist that it's unlikely you will have seen coming * Choice Magazine *
Dense and deeply creepy, this is a top-class chiller * Real People *
Expansive, emotional, with one of the very best end twists I've ever read. Douglas at her heart-stopping best -- Gillian McAllister
Gripping, twisty and hold-your-breath tense, this is Claire Douglas's best book yet -- Tim Weaver
Twisty, nail-biting, and utterly absorbing, you won't be able to put The Couple at No. 9 down -- Louise O'Neill
Another page-turner . . . Twisty * New *
Absolutely LOVED it. Twisty, turny and full of surprises. A definite 5 star -- Angela Marsons
Claire is a mistress at weaving the reader into a web of domestic deceit -- Jane Corry
Fabulous. It had me reading late into the night, desperately needing to see what happens * Good Housekeeping *
The perfect gripping holiday read -- Lesley Pearse
Praise for Claire Douglas * - *
Thrillingly tense and twisty * bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors *
Stunning . . . with a killer twist * Closer *
Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train * Marie Claire *
Twisty, exciting yet so very real
Few people do psychological thrillers as claustrophobic and as creepy as Claire Douglas * Tim Weaver *
The Couple at No 9: The unputdownable and nail-biting Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

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