The Couple at No.9 by Claire Douglas #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping new novel by Claire Douglas, The Couple at No.9.


When Saffron Cutler and boyfriend Tom move into 9 Skelton Place, they didn’t expect to find this.

Two bodies, buried under the patio over thirty years ago.

When the police launch a murder investigation, they ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner – Saffy’s grandmother, Rose, whose Alzheimer’s clouds her memory.

But it is clear she remembers something . . .

What happened thirty years ago?
What part did her grandmother play?
And is Saffy now in danger? . . .


I’m a huge fan of Claire Douglas’s books. The premise of her latest, The Couple at Number.9 sounded really intriguing. Imagine moving into your dream home, and before you’ve even settled there, two bodies are discovered in the garden during renovations. This was a really strong hook, and it compelled me to read on. I had to know who the people were, who were buried in the garden, and who had killed them.

Claire has created a complex plot which has been weaved together very well. We meet Saffy and Tom, a young couple who are expecting a baby, who are thrilled to be moving into their dream home, mortgage free. But there are dark secrets in their family’s past. I could see just how distressed they both were, following the discovery of the bodies in their garden, especially as the case was quickly picked up by the press, which made the situation all the more distressing. Saffy comes to realise that her grandmother, Rose, must have some sort of answer concerning the two bodies and who the people were. But Saffy has no idea just how devastating the truth will be.

I really connected to the characters, and I wanted to get to the truth about the discovery as much as Saffy and Tom did. It made me wonder what they would choose to do following the discovery of the bodies in the garden, if whether or not they would choose to keep their home. But who would want to buy it now, knowing what was found in the garden? They face an impossible dilemma.

Claire Douglas really keeps the tension ticking up a notch, especially as Saffy begins to realise that there is something dark in her family’s past. Someone else, who isn’t part of the police, is also after answers too. I wanted to know who this person was, and what the information was that they were after. It was so chilling.

The reveals that come are so clever and I loved how Claire Douglas pulled her plot together. There are some devastating twists which left me reeling. I could really feel the emotions the characters were experiencing. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, as Claire revealed the secrets.

If you’re a psychological thriller lover, you need to read The Couple at Number.9 if you haven’t done so already. It reels you into the story from the very first page, and I did not want to put this book down. I had to know what was going on. I highly recommend it.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 16th September 2021 (kindle) 30th September 2021 (paperback)

Print length: 407 pages

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