A family win the house of their dreams. But the neighbours soon start to suspect that something isn’t quite right between the couple…
The New Couple is a psychological thriller set in London.
In the first part of the book we see Jane Headley who is convinced that there is something odd about her lucky new neighbours. She starts to investigate but is warned off with threats. Parts 2 and 3 show the perspective of two other characters which makes the situation clear and shows the true danger.
From the start we get an uneasy feeling alongside Jane as she notices her neighbours’ starange behaviour. The tension grows slowly then really ramps up when part 2 arrives. The secret is revealed and it was quite gripping to watch the drama unfold. I felt that the ending was a little underwhelming as it didn’t match the anticipation I had developed.
The characters had flaws and vulnerabilities even though some committed evil acts. There is plenty of drama and personal relationships play a key role in the plot and character development.
The New Couple is very entertaining and I think the different viewpoints really helped to develop the tension.
The New Couple: An absolutely addictive psychological thriller with a shocking twist by Alison James
The perfect marriage. The perfect house. The perfect secret…
As I step through the cherry-red door of my new home, I know I should feel like the luckiest woman alive. I have a handsome husband, a beautiful daughter and now the house of my dreams. And to everyone else my life looks perfect…
When the neighbours stop by to welcome us, I tell them my name is Stephanie Hamlin and, under the watchful gaze of my husband Richard, I introduce him and our curly haired little girl Poppy. I smile as wide as I can and desperately hope I can fit in to this exclusive place with its pretty communal gardens. Because I’ve risked everything to be here.
Behind closed doors I try to relax, to unwind in the huge clawfoot bath and forget about my complicated past. It’s hard being the new couple on the street when you’ve got secrets.
Because the truth is, my charming husband isn’t really my husband.
And I’m not Stephanie Hamlin…
An absolutely gripping psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. If you love Behind Closed Doors, My Lovely Wife and The Perfect Couple, you’ll be hooked.
Alison James was born in the Cotswolds but spent most of her formative years abroad. She studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after her two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, she worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.