Title: The Child Next Door
Author: Shalini Boland
Publication Date: March 29, 2018
Page Count: 279
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
‘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?
From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother, this completely gripping psychological thriller will make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors. And will keep you guessing from the first page until the final shocking twist.
Having read another book from Shalini Boland I just knew that picking up The Child Next Door I would be in for a treat. Thankfully I was not wrong at all and as soon as I started this psychological thriller I was completely hooked into the story and did not want to put it down.
The story begins introducing readers to Kirstie Rawlings who is home alone with her six month old baby nodding off in front of the television when she hears a cry from her baby monitor. Now her daughter Daisy is known to let out small cries while sleeping so Kirstie is not immediately alarmed but the next thing she hears is a man’s voice saying let’s just take the baby and go.
Frantic by now Kirstie rushes up to her daughter’s bedroom thinking that someone must be about to steal her child right out of their home. Entering Daisy’s room however Kirstie finds her sleeping peacefully and no one in sight. But Kirstie just knows that she heard the voice so did the monitor pick up someone else’s house and another baby is in danger?
The opening pages were enough to gain my interest and the ease of the author’s writing kept the flow nicely in the book keeping me engaged the whole time. I started this one rather late and of course I came down with what I call the “one more chapter-itis” not wanting to put the book down until I was done.
My first thoughts on this one I was pretty sure I would be writing up my review when finished and claiming it that I knew from the start how it would turn out, nope not a chance as I was totally off base. The author throws in plenty of twists and turns and red herrings making one think all kinds of outcomes but when finished I actually rather impressed at the logic of it all and realistic outcome. But I would warn not to blink at the end as there is one final chill tossed the readers way that even I didn’t expect by then. So yes, when done this was definitely one I loved every minute of and would recommend checking out to the psychological thriller fans out there.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Shalini Boland is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (reached No 1 in the US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2 in the US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’, ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 4 in the US Kindle charts).
THE CHILD NEXT DOOR is now available to preorder!
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 suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).
She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as a children’s WWII novel with a time-travel twist.
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