Brenda’s rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I was lost in the cloudy, dry coulee with Kaceey and Susanne reading The Child Next Door feeling a little paranoid as we read this story and were looking over our shoulders and questioning if we heard whispering in the brushes.
The Child Next Door is an enjoyable, entertaining yet frightening story filled with suspense that delves into the anxiety and paranoid feeling of a mother who feels her child is in danger.
Shalini Boland took us on quite an emotional ride here filled with anxiety and feeling of paranoid. She takes her time here with creating the anxiety for our main character Kristie and for us in the coulee. At times Kaceey and I wanted to jump out of the coulee leaving Susanne turning the pages as fast as she could to get some answers to her questions. Things started to pick up for us and Kaceey and I were soon pulled back down into this story and not moving till we reached that final twist.
In the end, we ended up on different sides of the coulee with how we felt about the story. Susanne feeling quite satisfied and really enjoyed the story. Kaceey on the other side left wanting a bit more from the story and me in the middle trying to catch my breath from all the excitement.
Thank you, NetGalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for a copy to read and review.
In her latest novel, “The Child Next Door” Shalini Boland makes you feel anxious and she ties your stomach in knots. This is one suspense novel that keeps you glued to the pages and should not be missed.
Kirstie Rawlings is a new mother to six month old Daisy. Her life revolves around her little girl. When she is awakened by a baby’s cry she immediately goes running, only to discover that it wasn’t her child that was crying. Then the unimaginable happens: she hears voices on her baby monitor saying “let’s just take the baby and go.” My stomach just about dropped hearing those words and I’m not even a mother.
From then on, Kirstie becomes a nervous wreck thinking someone is out to kidnap her baby. Unfortunately, no one believes her, not even after strange things start happening, thus she starts investigating on her own. Can you say dangerous? Is Kirstie making it up? Is she imagining things? What is going on? With my nerves on edge from the very first, I was on a roller coaster ride right up until the very end. “The Child Next Door” is my fourth Shalini Boland novel and in case you couldn’t tell, I enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait to see what Ms. Boland comes out with next.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Kirstie hears faint whispers coming from her baby monitor. All she’s able to make out is that someone wants to take a baby. Naturally, she’s immediately fearful that her baby is the topic of conversation. Why won’t someone, anyone listen or understand her fears. Soon, with the stress mounting, Kirstie is unable to sleep or let her baby out of her sight for even a moment. Is there someone out there trying to take her baby? Why is her not-so-busy husband always too busy to help calm her fears?
Though there was building suspense, this thriller never really took off for me until the final 20%. When Shalini Boland filled the ending with fireworks! I’ve read a lot of thrillers lately and unfortunately this one fell short of standing out to me. In fact, it was so similar to one I’d just read 2 weeks ago, that I thought I was having Deja-vu! Had a hard time keeping them apart. (Maybe it’s time for a thriller break….ha-ha! Kidding!)
This is a thriller I’ll say I enjoyed, but still wanted something more to distinguish it from the pack. I did enjoy the writing style and would still be interested in reading another by this author in the future.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.