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The Couple at Number 9

A Novel

Claire Douglas


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Digital Audiobook (8/1/2022)
Paperback (8/2/2022)
Paperback, Large Print (8/2/2022)


“Tense, twisty, fraught with emotion and packed with secrets, The Couple at Number 9 is Claire’s best thriller yet.”—Gilly MacMillan, bestselling author of What She Knew

The internationally bestselling author of Do Not Disturb and Just Like the Other Girls delivers a heart-pounding psychological thriller about a couple who inherit what seems to be their dream home, until they make a horrifying discovery—and the danger begins.

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? 

Praise For The Couple at Number 9: A Novel

“This gripping tale is sure to garner her new fans.” — Publishers Weekly

“The stories of the three women play out in a shadowy narrative that is tense and compelling and often touching until the horrifying truth is revealed. This mindbender from the best-selling Douglas will hit the spot with fans of Fiona Barton and Paula Hawkins.” — Booklist

"Featuring multiple points of view and realistic characters, the latest twisty thriller from Douglas will appeal to fans of taut page-turners like The Turn of the Key and The Guest List." — Shelf Awareness

"An emotion-churning series of twists and turns uniting two disparate sets of people in a hunt for the truth." — New York Journal of Books

"Marvelously well-written." — Seattle Book Review

"Gripping, twisty and hold-your-breath tense, this is Claire Douglas's best book yet." — Tim Weaver, bestselling author of No One Home

"A well-plotted tale. All the characters are hiding things and you're often waiting for the next secret to blow up. Intriguing. Twisty. Surprising. Touching. Enjoyed it." — Dorothy Koomson, bestselling author of All My Lies are True

"Secrets, skeletons, mothers and daughters—and some absolutely corking twists! A cracking thriller, I loved it." — Eve Chase, bestselling author of The Glass House

"This book has everything I love: murder, a taut and fiendishly clever plot and nail-biting tension." — Emma Curtis, bestselling author of One Little Mistake

"Combines a tight, gripping, plot and truly shocking twist, with beautiful writing and emotion. A thriller with a heart. One of the best I have read in a long time." — Nuala Ellwood, bestselling author of The House on the Lake

"Twisty, nail-biting, and utterly absorbing, you won't be able to put The Couple at No. 9 down." — Louise O'Neill, author of After the Silence

"Expansive, emotional, with one of the very best end twists I've ever read. Douglas at her heart-stopping best." — Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of The Evidence Against You

"Tense, twisty, fraught with emotion and packed with secrets, The Couple at No. 9 is Claire's best thriller yet." — Gilly MacMillan, bestselling author of What She Knew

"Claire is a mistress at weaving the reader into a web of domestic deceit." — Jane Corry, bestselling author of I Made a Mistake

"The perfect gripping holiday read." — Lesley Pearse, bestselling author of Suspects

Harper, 9780063246324, 400pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2022

About the Author

Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, writing features for women’s magazines and newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning Marie Claire’s Debut Novel Award for her first book, The Sisters, which became a bestseller. She lives in Bath, England, with her husband and two children.