The Couple at Number 9 by Claire Douglas, 3.5 Stars

The Victims . . . 

When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations, the last thing she expects is builders uncovering human remains. The remains of two bodies, in fact.

The Investigation . . . 

Forensics indicate the bodies have been buried at least thirty years. Saffy has nothing to worry about—until the police launch a murder inquiry and ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner. Her grandmother, Rose.

The Witness . . . 

Rose is in a nursing home and Alzheimer’s means her memory is increasingly confused. She can’t help the police, but its’ clear she remembers something. 

The Killer . . . 

As Rose’s fragmented memories resurface, and the police dig ever deeper, Saffy fears she and the cottage are being watched.

The Truth . . . 

What happened thirty years ago? Why did no one miss the victims? What part did her grandmother play? And is Saffy now in danger? 

My Review:

Can you imagine finding two bodies in the backyard of your new house? Oh wait, new to you house? A house that you inherited from your grandma? Bizarre for sure. And that’s what has happened to Saffy. So now, she has to deal with the police digging up and identifying two bodies in her backyard and worry about her grandma’s involvement.

It’s an interesting premise for a book and and Douglas doesn’t disappoint. Switching back and forth between Saffy’s point of view and her grandma’s, we learn all about the life her grandma lived back in the early 80’s leading up to the the bodies were buried. It’s a richly told tale that has mystery, intrigue, love and betrayal at its heart.

Special thanks for Netgalley for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out now!

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