‘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.
We can’t say enough about Shalini Boland’s book The Child Next Door. I’m lucky I was on vacation when I started this book, because it kept me up until 2 in the morning. Once I started I didn’t want to stop. Shalini has a way of grabbing you from page one and never letting go. She takes you on a ride so twisted you don’t know which way you’re going or what will happen next.
We have read so many thrillers and love so many but when a book can surprise you to this extent it quickly shoots to the top of the list. The Child Next Door is a must read. Without mercy Shalini plays on every mother’s worst fear. I no longer have infants but this book had me checking on my kids and checking the doors again at 2am (when I finally put the book down). It’s been a while since a book affected me to that extent and I loved every minute of it.
5 star read no doubt.
Thank You to Bookouture, Shalini Boland, and NetGalley for the chance to read and review The Child Next Door before its release.
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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.