#BlogTour: THE CHILD NEXT DOOR by SHALINI BOLAND #Psychologicalthriller @bookouture @ShaliniBoland @KimTheBookworm, #Thechildnextdoor
The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland
‘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?
From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother, this completely gripping psychological thriller will make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors. And will keep you guessing from the first page until the final shocking twist.
The day that Kim announced The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland was available, I burned through the keys of my laptop to get there, it was a must, I had to have it, OMG the palpitations I was having if it wasn’t to be mine. Finally the book was mine, snuggled comfortably on my kindle waiting for me to open the pages and delve into Shalini’s artistic mind.
Shalini blew my mind with her new psychological thriller The Child Next Door, I couldn’t hold back, I raced through the pages, looking around myself wondering if I heard it too. That voice, a male voice heard through the baby monitor, “Let’s take the baby and go”.
The worst nightmare of any mother is the thought that their child may be taken. Kirstie bolts to her daughters nursery only to find Daisy fast asleep, who was the person over the monitor, could it be from a neighbouring property and the baby monitor picked up interference, but there are no other babies in the street. The police and her husband don’t seem to believe her, is Kirstie becoming paranoid.
The further I delved it becomes increasing worrisome that Kirstie is becoming, suspicious of everyone, delusional to the point paranoia, her relationship with her husband is becoming fraught and the threads are beginning to untangle.
Shalini managed to drag me into the same thought process as Kirstie was I becoming paranoid, what was happening, I was on edge, gripping the words as they flew past, looking for answers, trying to fathom out the undeniable feeling of unease. The convoluted plot burled me round and round, trying to find the end, my thought process was dizzy with possible scenarios.
If you feel the need to read a psychological thriller which will drive almost round the bend trying to find the answers, then this is the book for you, the ending won’t be what your expecting, but that’s the whole point of a damn good psychological thriller.
Congrats Shalini, you took me on a nail biting journey, an absorbingly mesmerizing psychological thriller which I couldn’t help become embroiled in.
Thanks go out to Bookouture, Shalini Boland and Kim Nash for the advanced readers copy of The Child Next Door in exchange for an honest review.
Shalini Boland is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (reached No 1 in the US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2 in the US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’, ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 4 in the US Kindle charts).
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.