‘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?
Why am I now only just reading this authors books!
Ashamedly, I haven’t read any of this author’s books but I really liked the sound of it and with it mentioning a brilliant twist, well I was well and truly sold. I picked it up one evening and BOOM, my whole evening just disappeared! I was so wrapped up in the story that before I knew it, hours had passed and I had turned the last page.
The story starts off with Kirstie overhearing a man’s voice on her baby monitor. Now obviously it is every mothers worst nightmare anything happening to their precious child. This event leaves Kirstie understandably on edge. I’m not usually a big lover of characters that seem to be losing it and are unreliable, it’s been done numerous times. With Kirstie though, you are very much with her every step of the way as without a doubt she has every reason to be concerned. Kirstie begins to doubt everyone.
Kirstie and her husband Dom leave in a small cul de sac. Her best friend lives in one house and there are an assortment of couples, families in the others and then of course there is Martin. Martin is your typical nosy neighbour that seems to know everyones business and is like the neighbourhood police. He is without a doubt a bit of a weirdo and I could totally understand why Kirstie would have concerns about him.
There is literally so many twists and turns towards the end. It was brilliant. I loved every minute of it. There’s nothing worse when a book promises twists that you won’t see coming and you see them in advance, well this author not only delivered it, she well and truly nailed it and then some!
The Child Next Door is without a doubt a page turner of a read that will have you gripped until the very last one. Brilliant book and was floored by the fabulous twists of which the last one will stay with me for a long time to come! Can not wait to read more books by the author.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
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Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).
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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.