The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland

‘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 children 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?


Wow! This book is totally unputdownable. Right from the start it grabs the readers attention and doesn’t let go until the very last page.

The pace is not fast, but it builds up to an unbearable tension. I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen, was Kirstie actually going out of her mind, or was there really something sinister about to happen?

I absolutely flew through this book, I just needed to find out what was going to happen.

Superb imagery, characters and tension, with such an unimaginable twist at the end. Highly recommended.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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