Title: The Couple Upstairs by Shalini Boland
Date Published: 13th September 2021
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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 Train, Gone Girl and The Wife Between Us.
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I want to thank Bookouture for my copy of The Couple Upstairs in exchange for an honest review.
It’s been a while since I’ve sat down with one of Shalini Boland’s psychological thrillers, so I was very much looking forward to getting stuck into The Couple Upstairs.
Nina and Zac move into a new flat together. It’s meant to be the start of something great for them, especially with Nina’s new business, but everything starts to go wrong for them and pushes them to a breaking point.
The Couple Upstairs starts off gently, with little things that may be accidents or mishaps, but slowly becomes more and more tense as the author amps up the stakes.
Nina was a well-drawn character. She seemed to be just trying her best, under so much pressure, which made me like her. I’m being honest, Zac kind of annoyed me through most of the story. I can’t go into specifics in case of spoilers, but boy could he have done with a smack sometimes.
I felt this was more of a whydunnit than whodunnit, but finding out the motive, the why of it all, kept me hooked until the end. Also, it wasn’t too dark or disturbing, so perfect if you want a psychological thriller that isn’t too heavy.
The Couple Upstairs is a fast-paced thriller that was intriguing from beginning to end.
About the Author:
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).