The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland

The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland
The Child Next Door 
by Shalini Boland (Goodreads Author)
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EXCERPT: Fear clutches at my belly. Sweat breaks out on my upper lip and prickles my scalp. The thump, thump, thump of my heart beats in my ears. I must have been mistaken. Surely it can’t have been. . . but there. . . what’s that? Whispering. And then, clear as day, a man’s hushed voice:

‘Quick, let’s just take the baby now and go.’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: ‘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 babies 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?

MY THOUGHTS: Five super-sized shiny heart-pounding stars! 💗💗💗💗💗

‘Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.’

I read The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland in one sitting, my thoughts darting all over the place. Is this woman crazy? Is she having some type of post-natal psychotic episode? Or is someone really out to get her?

This is my first book by Boland, and WOW! what an introduction to her writing.

First time motherhood is never easy. I remember it well. The sleep-deprivation, the bone-numbing exhaustion, the fear of not coping, of being the only mother in the world who doesn’t cope, the stupid thoughts that dog your waking hours and prevent you from sleeping at night, the wondering how your husband could possibly find this ghost of the vital woman he married even remotely attractive, the wondering just who he is spending his time away from home with, the resentment of the time he is not spending with you . . . Boland has captured all this fear exactly, and then taken it to the next level.

The shady neighbour, the beautiful woman down the street, your best friend. . . all looking at you, all whispering about you. . . who are these people really?

And then that ending! Breath-taking. Didn’t see that coming! Still shaking my head in amazement.

I just bounded through this book, unable to put it down, unable to take my eyes from the pages. Definitely recommended. Highly recommended. Very highly recommended.

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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