Firstly I wish to thank Kim Nash of Bookouture for inviting me onto the Blog Tour for THE CHILD NEXT DOOR by Shalini Boland
‘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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Having children myself I know just how ultra heightened my senses became when they were babies. It was like I had all of a sudden got super woman hearing even if I was in a deep sleep. So when Kirstie Rawlings hears someone say “Lets take the child – and go”, through the baby monitor in her baby daughter’s room, she is frantic! Kirstie, filled with that adrenaline rush of ‘fight to the death to protect your child instinct’, is in her baby’s bedroom in seconds. Her daughter is fast asleep, but she knows what she heard. Neither the police or her husband believe her but it makes her even more determined to find out who could possibly have a baby hidden round where she lives.
This is a super suspense novel that makes you edgy as she can not let it go. So begins Kirstie’s own digging round to find out which of her neighbours could possibly be hiding a baby and why? Oh my goodness it is like those films where the good guy is pushing all the right buttons to get the bad guys backs up but you still don’t know who the bad guys are. The thing is if one of my neighbours began to ask me a load of pushy questions I would think they were weird and losing the plot, making me defensive. There are so many little threads that tangle you up and make you consider her sanity.
This is a real mood setting read to curl up with, with its tense, edgy chapters and one to get behind Kirstie on her mission to find the truth. Kirstie was a character that grew on me through the story but to be honest there wasn’t a lot of the characters that I liked at all. Ok some had their reasons to keep to themselves but others were just down right rude. Well Kirstie certainly poked at this lot good and proper. To say that the little huddle of houses where she lives won’t ever be the same again just doesn’t do it justice. It is smoke and mirrors stuff that just threw me ever way but the right way and I loved it!
I wish to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE 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).
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 psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).
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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.