Published by Bookouture on March 29th 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological, Thriller, Mystery
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‘Thrilling, intense. Readers of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love Shalini Boland.’ Red Adept
‘Don’t take my baby.’
Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her new-born, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor, saying: ‘Let’s take the child – and go.’
Is someone trying to steal her little girl?
In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. Is the voice coming from a nearby house? But there aren’t any other babies living on her quiet country road…
The police don't believe her. And neither does her husband.
Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours, now she isn’t sure. As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.
Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?
The Child Next Door is about a young couple and their freighting tale. The quiet little cul-de-sac they found to buy a house in seemed like a wonderful place to live and start a family, and that is just what Dominic and Kirstie did, but things didn’t turn out the way they thought it would.
Kirstie has recently had a baby, and is enjoying her maternity leave with her the new baby. Their beautiful baby girl is everything they have waited for, but one evening when she hears a voice through the baby monitor talking about taking the baby, of course she runs to check on the baby. She is safe and sound sleeping, so what did she hear? And who was it? Kirstie is filled with fear and anxiety from that point on.
Like most new parents, Kirstie and Dom are overjoyed and exhausted, but Kirstie’s fears are taking it to a whole new level. She isn’t sleeping, she’s becoming more and more paranoid, calling the police, having them come and check on things repeatedly. I can understand a little bit of her fears, flowers have been trampled, she has seen shadows in the yard and then there is the somewhat creep older man that lives next door. He just pops up out of nowhere, but he appeared harmless. But it seemed like most of the people that lived on this street were a little strange and standoffish too.
As the story starts to unfold, it is clear there is something strange going on in this quiet little neighborhood, but what exactly was the question. There were plenty of eerie moments, and some of the actions of the neighbors cast doubt on them, or maybe Kirstie was really just be overly paranoid. I felt bad for her, her own husband didn’t believe the things she was telling him, and the neighbors were starting to think she was just crazy. The twists that Boland places in this were perfectly placed, and wehn I though I had it figured out, the biggest twist of was revealed and it was a good one to.
This was definitely an suspenseful and thrilling read, and with so many questions to be answered it kept me wanting to know more. The ending with the big twist was the best part too, and I did not see that coming. I think fans of this genre will enjoy this one for sure.
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