On this wonderful wet and windy day, I have the pleasure of closing Shalini Boland’s blog tour alongside the fabulous Rae Reads! Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
‘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?
What does TWG think?
OH MY F****** GOODNESS!!!!! That opening!!! How can anyone not read on after digesting that?!?! Honestly, a cold shiver went down my spine whilst I was reading the opening to ‘The Child Next Door’ – I had to stop myself from shouting ‘LEAVE HER BABY ALONE!!’. Wow, just wow. One of the best beginnings to a book I have ever read!!
Kirstie feels like she is going cuckoo after hearing a males voice come through her baby monitor, along with a baby’s cry. As far as she is aware, there are no other babies nearby so where on Earth did it come from? Could she have dreamt it? Kirstie’s husband seems to think so! From that moment, Kirstie is on high alert, envisaging the worst case scenario regarding her little baby and is determined to keep her safe, yet someone out there is leaving hints that Kirstie isn’t actually losing her mind. But why won’t anyone believe her? What is going on?
I can see why Kirstie thought she was losing her mind, bloody hell!! I was so annoyed that Kirstie’s husband wasn’t standing by her, in fact, he seemed to be adding fuel to the fire by using her current state of mind against her. Even if he didn’t quite believe what she had heard, the least he could have done was support her and not make her feel like an incompetent mother or person. Rather unfair if you ask me!
Now, I had absolutely no idea whether Kirstie was hearing things or not, yet I chose to believe her even with a teeny bit of doubt in my mind at the time. I don’t want to say too much about the storyline, but good golly miss Molly this is a corker!!! I had one characters card marked from the beginning, and no, it wasn’t Kirstie’s husband haha! Although I don’t think I actually trusted any of the characters to be honest – they all had such a questionable vibe about them.
‘The Child Next Door’ is such a nerve-racking read! I don’t drink alcohol but I needed something strong to drink after reading this – my nerves were shot to shizzle! From the very beginning of this book, I was absolutely hooked. So much so, I am not ashamed to admit that I read the entire book in one sitting. There was no way I was going to stop reading for anyone as I had to find out what was going on!
Shalini Boland has written such a suspenseful, gritty, unnerving read and I have to say this – IT’S ABSOLUTELY BLOOMIN’ BRILLIANT! What a fantastic, fast paced read which genuinely kept me guessing until the very last moment. The author managed to keep me in the dark until the very end, I really had no idea where the book was heading so when it finally concluded, I think my jaw dropped to my toes in shock.
This book has got to be my most favourite Shalini Boland novel so far. Jawdroppingly brilliant from start to finish, ‘The Child Next Door’ may have frayed my nerves to the point of no return, but Shalini Boland has now got a fan for life after this. Phenomenal!!
About the author.
Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).
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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.