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The Couple Upstairs by Shalini Boland

Title: The Couple Upstairs

Author: Shalini Boland

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

Published: September 13th, 2021

Publisher: Bookouture


I should never have become friends with the couple upstairs…

The first time I step inside this cosy apartment with its sash windows, just minutes from the sea, I think it would be the perfect place for me and my partner Zac to start again. A chance to leave our troubled past behind.

Chris and Vanessa, the couple upstairs, are so welcoming: smiles, flowers, a home-baked cake. It’s strange how he does all the talking, and she seems so shy, but I’m just thrilled to have new friends nearby.

But everything starts to go wrong… my business begins to crumble, I can’t ignore the whispers at our housewarming party and loud arguments from upstairs keep me awake at night. I can’t sleep, I can’t think straight and I feel like someone is watching me in my own home.

And then Zac comes home one afternoon, his face clenched with fury, and says he knows what’s going on. He knows about my secret…

He won’t listen to me. He storms out and I’m left in tears, completely devastated.

Why has my life fallen apart since we moved here? Am I going mad? Or is someone trying to destroy us?

If only I’d known what I know now.
If only I hadn’t trusted the couple upstairs.

From the USA Today bestselling author Shalini Boland comes an absolutely heart-thumping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Wife Between Us.



I loved the book! I only read one of Shalinis books before – My Little Girl which I adored. The blurb to The Couple Upstairs and seeing that it is by Shalini is what pushed me to request reading and I am so glad I did because I was not in the least disappointed.
The book follows the lives of Nina and her boyfriend Zac who purchase a new house by the seaside. They are estatic especially Nina who pushed the whole idea and is keen to start her own online store.

On moving day, they meet their new neighbors who live upstairs, also a couple – Chris and Vanessa. Things seem to be going well at first. They relax in their new house, they organize parties and love their new surroundings. Slowly, the new life they have built for themselves become a nightmare. From strange things happening, to the weird noises Nina hears at night from upstairs, their lives become a rumple thus affecting their relationship. Something weird is going on upstairs and Nina is hellbent on finding out what. Are their new neighbors really who they say they are?

This was a thrilling read for me. I read without stopping from the start to finish. The drama was just so good, I was perched on the edge of my seat. I had a few guesses as usual as to who the bad guy is. None were right. Hence why it was shocking to read the main reason why everything was happening! Epic story, fast paced, incredible storyline and likeable characters. I enjoyed reading this.

Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and the author for the arc copy of this book.


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