#Bookreview The Couple Upstairs by Shalini Boland

I should never have become friends with the couple upstairs…

The first time I step inside this cosy apartment with its sash windows, just minutes from the sea, I think it would be the perfect place for me and my partner Zac to start againA chance to leave our troubled past behind.

Chris and Vanessa, the couple upstairs, are so welcoming: smiles, flowers, a home-baked cake. It’s strange how he does all the talking, and she seems so shy, but I’m just thrilled to have new friends nearby.

But everything starts to go wrong… my business begins to crumble, I can’t ignore the whispers at our housewarming party and loud arguments from upstairs keep me awake at night. I can’t sleep, I can’t think straight and I feel like someone is watching me in my own home.

And then Zac comes home one afternoon, his face clenched with fury, and says he knows what’s going on. He knows about my secret…

He won’t listen to me. He storms out and I’m left in tears, completely devastated.

Why has my life fallen apart since we moved here? Am I going mad? Or is someone trying to destroy us?

If only I’d known what I know now.
If only I hadn’t trusted the couple upstairs.

The review: I’m always excited when I find a thriller that gets people talking, and I had heard a bit about this, the story of Nina, who has just moved into a house divided up into apartments. Nina has everything going for her with a fledgling business and her boyfriend Zac. I’ll admit this was a hugely slow burner for me and so would be perfect for someone new to thrillers. The presence of so many unlikeable characters helped in adding to tension and having me speed up to see what would happen. All in all it was enjoyable but not totally for me. Thanks so much to the publisher and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 3/5

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