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Published by the digital imprint Bookouture, Sarah Mitchell’s The Couple is a psychological thriller set in dual time.

As the book opens, we find Claire, an immigration lawyer, and Angus, an entrepreneur, engaged after a whirlwind romance, although Claire still has residual feelings for her ex- and Angus seems almost too good to be true. While searching for their perfect home, Claire meets the rather unsettling, but very attractive Mark, who reminds her of someone she’s met before, with interesting consequences.

As in many similar genre books, the main players in The Couple are all quite unlikeable. They are unveiled through the events that take place in the present and in a series of flashbacks to five years before.

A novel with several twists, with some plot turns that are, at times, a little confusing or disjointed, The Couple is, nonetheless, a smart read. One for the holiday.

 

The Couple | Sarah Mitchell | Bookouture | digital formats | paperback £8.99

 

Acknowledgements: This review is published as part of the virtual book tour arranged by Bookouture. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for supplying a digital review copy and jacket image. All opinions are our own. All rights reserved.

 

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