The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland

The Child Next Door

By Shalini Boland

  • Release Date: 2018-03-29
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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WOW... captivating... I could not put it down… worth more than 5 stars and has to be one of the best psychological thrillers I have read so far.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘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.

What readers are saying about The Child Next Door:

OMG. What a phenomenal book! I read this book in 24 hours because I could not put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Gripping, exciting… it had me hooked immediately and didn’t let up until the epilogue, which I guarantee will make you gasp and shiver. LOVED this book. 5 stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Wow! This book was intense from the start… the ending blew me away… shocking, mind blowing, creepy and intense… the sort of book that you can't put down… I loved this book, I lapped up every page, it definitely deserves 5 stars. It's a cracking read!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

OMG!!! The story grabbed me from the first chapter, and instantly set my teeth on edge! Don’t forget to read to the very last word though because that ending… WOW, completely unexpected!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

What a book! I predict this will be one of the top reads for 2018… a page-turner with a surprise ending I did not see coming.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

A gripping psychological thriller that leaves you never knowing who to trust from one minute to the next… You won't rest until you get to the end!’ Thoughts From Irene, 5 stars

Has you hooked from the very first page and literally doesn't let you go... Starts with a bang and every mother's worst nightmare…’ It’s All About Books, 5 stars

OMG that ending did NOT expect that. It blew me away. I had been tossed all over the place trying to figure out what was going on… ending had me gasping loudly. I was still thinking of it when I awoke this morning.’ Read Along With Sue, 5 stars

BOOM, my whole evening just disappeared! There is literally so many twists and turns towards the end. It was brilliant! I loved every minute of it…The Child Next Door is without a doubt a page turner of a read that will have you gripped.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘Thrilling, intense. Readers of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love Shalini Boland.’ Red Adept

Absolutely loved this, easily 5 stars from me… shocked me right up to the last page!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Reviews

  • Impressed

    4
    By Hfgkfgh
    The author did a phenomenal job at making me not want to put the book down. I honestly bought the book because I love mysteries and it was $2.99. I wish that there was a little less of Kirstie breaking down and a little more of investigating talked about. However, even though it’s easy to piece the puzzles of the book together. I was still wildly impressed with how good this book was, and highly satisfied in the ending.
  • Won’t you be my neighbor?

    5
    By Annmric8
    The Child Next Door is about a woman who is a wife and mother named Kirstie Rawlings, who recently had a baby. The baby is six months old. Kirstie and her husband Dominic live on a cul-de-sac with 5 other houses. Kirstie knows all her neighbors. They have lived on this street for several years. Kirstie grows more and more paranoid as the days stretch into weeks with worry about some unusual activity on her street, causing her to grow unstable. There’s this building of curiosity from her neighbors. Kirstie has been on maternity leave for the last six months. Kirstie is a teacher who spends her days at a school not at home being the nosy neighbor whose enticed by neighborly gossip. Yet here she is spying on her neighbors. Kirstie is experiencing change in her life with having a baby to care for. Her world has been turned upside down. She’s had to make adjustments while her husband continues on with his work and training with no interruptions. Shalini eventually introduces all neighbors allowing the reader to digest their actions to formulate their own interpretation of their behavior. Shalini easily sways the reader in many directions. This had some twists and turns. There were secrets and lies. This is a great mystery. Shalini had me guessing the entire time. Mel 1 Young couple 2 Headmasters family 3 Kirstie 4 Martin 5 Construction 6

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