The Couple: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist

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‘All I can say is Oh. My. God… Hooks the reader in… One of the best twists I’ve read… Brilliant.’ Hannah Writes Reviews

 

Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

 

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

 

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

 

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.

 

The Couple is a psychological thriller with a stunning twist, perfect for fans of The Girl Before, The Wife Between Us, and The Woman in the Window.

 

Readers love The Couple:

‘A fiendishly smart psychological thriller, and I simply devoured it in a single day.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I haven’t read a book with such an awesome “GOTCHA” moment in a long, long time. Brilliant!KayCKay Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I started this book on a Sunday morning and my family didn’t see me again until Sunday night! This book is a very fast read that had me hanging on the entire time… Just a brilliant read!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘5 stars for this twisted, twisty, dark, total mind game of a book. There wasn't one thing I did not like about this book… The Couple is going to be HOT.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I can see book clubs devouring this and questioning their own relationships: this book + wine = a rollicking reading evening! And, oh, the twists and ending!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

Wow! This ending really surprised me… BAM! Loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Go ahead and read this one ASAP!’ SimplyMurt, 5 stars

 

‘There are many twists – some were expected, while others were a shocker, and this makes for an overall great read!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘I loved this book. Surprise ending with twist I didn't see coming. Highly recommend this one.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A brilliant read!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

The Couple is a fast and exciting read.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

Brilliant! Read in a couple of days, just couldn't put it down. Proper twist at the end had me reeling!’ Sifat’s Book Kingdom

 

‘I got so pulled into The Couple I read it in one go – great twist!’ Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

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Publisher
Bookouture
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Published on
Feb 5, 2019
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Pages
353
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ISBN
9781786817891
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
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