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 again. A 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.
From the USA Today bestselling author Shalini Boland comes an absolutely heart-thumping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Wife Between Us.
Readers are gripped by The Couple Upstairs:
‘WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!... loved every word… completely gripping. I had to read in one sitting because it was impossible to put down… The ending was out of this world… mind blowing!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow!! Where to even start?!?... I started reading this book this morning and finished it in a day… I would recommend clearing your schedule!!!... Absolutely gripping storyline which I got completely sucked into… unputdownable… wasn’t even close to working out what was going on, soooo many red herrings… WELL DONE Shalini!... absolutely gripping!’ Bookworm86, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I have goosebumps… This book is EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!... Had I known I was in for such a wild ride I would have started reading this book earlier in the day instead of being kept all night!’ ThrillByThePage Book Blogger, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Shalini Boland is an absolute queen… completely blown away, I don’t know how this author does it but each book just gets better and better… absolutely fantastic read and one I cannot recommend enough! This is a book worthy of all the stars to show just how wonderful a read this is.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘WOW what did I just read from Shalini Boland!!! Page turner… wickedly wonderful… she's a master of twists.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Another cracker of a read by the fabulous Shalini Boland… you never know what twist is at the next corner… I loved it so much… that twist of an ending… Never would have guessed it and why… 5 stars.’ Blue Moon Blogger, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Love… full of twists and turns that you never see coming. I was glued to the pages and couldn’t wait to see how it ends.’ This Feral Housewife Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Unputdownable… an addictive thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end… I devoured this one in record time… a twisty psychological thriller.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow a chilling psychological thriller… amazing… I loved it, so much action happening that will shake and make you shiver reading. Superb.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow! What a book!... Shalini Boland has kept her crown as the queen of psychological thrillers. I’ve read all of her books and this is definitely one of my favourites. It’s fast paced and kept me curious. I’d definitely recommend this one.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Keeps you interested
There is a lot I enjoyed about this book but a couple of things that could have been improved on. Saying that I would definitely read another one of Shalini’s books.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the advanced reading copy.
The Couple Upstairs
Couldn’t put it down - very good
Addictive from start to finish! Another great book from the fantastic Shalini Boland!
Everybody needs good neighbours! Although there are some you’d rather avoid, especially if they’re like some of the people in this story!
Nina and Zac have just set up home together. With a place to call their own and Nina’s new business about to take off, things couldn’t be more perfect. That is until they get struck down with a nasty sickness bug on the day they move in! Hoping that their rocky start is just a touch of bad luck, Nina and Zac decide to throw a housewarming party, inviting family, friends and the new neighbours!
Zac quickly befriends Chris, their neighbour from the flat upstairs. Nina on the other hand finds it a bit of a struggle getting to know Chris’s partner Vanessa, she assumes she’s just a bit shy but after she sees the way Chris is around her and hears some heated arguments she begins to wonder what the hell is going on behind closed doors!
It’s not long before things start going terribly wrong for Nina, she’s convinced someone is out to get her but when her friends and her boyfriend tell her she’s overthinking things, she runs out of people to turn to. With her life falling apart and her relationship with Zac on the brink, Nina makes it her mission to find out who is trying to destroy her and why.
I’ve never not loved a book by Shalini, I find her stories so easy to read, I’m always drawn in from the start and captivated until the final pages! With suspicious characters and fantastic plot twists, you really can’t go wrong with a Shalini thriller.
The story is cleverly written and took a few turns that I didn’t see coming! I felt sorry for Nina at times and just wanted to shout at the other characters in the book when nobody was listening to her. I tried to guess where the story was heading a few times and whilst I wasn’t far off, I didn’t work everything out, which made for a shocking and surprising ending!
An action-packed twisty thriller that will not disappoint!