The Couple Upstairs by Shalini Boland

I’m so pleased to be part of the tour today for this totally gripping book. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Our new home was supposed to be a chance to leave our past behind. But was moving here the worst mistake of our lives?

All our friends and family were gathered, glasses raised to toast our fresh start. It should have been a night for happiness and celebration. Zac and I had worked so hard for this: our first home together, just minutes from the sea. But the dream quickly turned into a nightmare…

We’d invited our neighbours too. I wanted to make a good impression – to show them we’re exactly the sort of people they want living on their street.

I hadn’t thought about who they might be, the strangers I was letting in.

It was going so well. There was laughter in the air and the wine was flowing. But then I noticed the narrowed eyes, the whispers.

And then the lights went out.

As my heart thumped in my chest, all the little things that had been going wrong since we moved here flashed through my mind: the food poisoning, the arguments, the flood of nasty reviews shaking my business.

Am I going crazy? Or is someone trying to destroy us?

From the USA Today bestselling author Shalini Boland comes an absolutely heart-thumping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the TrainGone Girl and The Wife Between Us.

My Review:

Shalini Boland is one of my absolute go-to authors, and I never even need to read the blurb before I agree to review one of her books. They are all fantastic.

There is so much going on that adds to the creepy and tense atmosphere in this book. The house is cold and in need of an upgrade, and the weather is icy and unpredictable, and this all adds to the sense of desolation and the feeling that something is not quite right. The noises from upstairs, and the erratic behaviour from their upstairs neighbours, all suggest that things are not right.

The pace is a slow-burner to start, which contributes to the tension.

The story is told from Nina’s point of view, with an occasional chapter from someone in the past, we don’t know who this is at first.

When all the strands of the story come together it’s just perfectly executed. There are no huge shocks or twists, but there’s a pacey and dramatic building of momentum to the end.

This book is a total page-turner and I could not put it down. I had to keep reading it until the end, and enjoyed every minute of it. Superb.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio:
Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and Jess their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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