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Publisher's Summary

"Thrilling, intense. Readers of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love Shalini Boland." (Red Adept)

"Don’t take my baby."

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her newborn, 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 best-selling 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 minute until the final shocking twist.

©2018 Shalini Boland (P)2018 Bookouture

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Not quite "Unputdownable"...

Not as gripping and brilliant as I had hoped. Decent writing, though a lot of "raking hands through curls" was done by many characters which led me to believe I was listening to transcripts of a shampoo or dandruff commercial and not a psychological thriller. Wasn't very psychological.

86 of 88 people found this review helpful

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No action till the end

The storyline was so mundane. Nothing happened until chapter 40. The first 40 chapters were just a log of the daily minutia of an overly paranoid new mother.

102 of 105 people found this review helpful

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Annoyingly long

The plot just drug on and on and on. It was annoying. Enough already. Yes, the end is a twist. But by the time I got to it, I was over this book. I do not recommend. The main character will get on your nerves.

69 of 71 people found this review helpful

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Less psychological thriller, more paranoia dud!

So disappointed! Not at all what I expected, and certainly NOT “unputdownable”! This story is not suspenseful, or even interesting, until somewhere around chapter 25. Sadly this point comes about 3/4 into the novel. Prior, it is a lot of paranoia on the part of the protagonist and simply dull, even frustrating, to read/listen to (narrator and her performance was great!). To compare this to Gone Girl or Girl on a Train is grossly unjust. The final pages are interesting, not thrilling, and not worth the slog through the first 3/4. I seriously considered discontinuing and returning this to Audible, but the review promised a “brilliant twist” which I held out for, much to my dismay.

42 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Waste of a credit

This whole book is about a woman fretting over the possibility of someone breaking into her house and stealing her baby. Meanwhile, you’ll find out in the very last chapters, that the whole reason for her fretting has nothing to do with her and there are things happening with the neighbors. This plot is so haphazard I’m shocked someone published this. Will be requesting a refund from Audible. The only reason this was at all “unputdownable” was because I was patiently waiting for something to actually happen. How this book has positive reviews is beyond me. On a separate note, the narrator did a superb job despite the lack of actual story.

77 of 81 people found this review helpful

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Painful

Would you try another book from Shalini Boland and/or Katie Villa?

The main character is so unlikable. She's supposed to be paranoid, I get that. But she is annoying and whiney and overly dramatic. I felt like she was whining about the same thing over and over again. And the ending seems very disconnected from the story. Bummed after this book had gotten such good reviews.

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  • C. Mitchel
  • Woodbridge, Virginia United States
  • 04-17-18

Ending was terrible

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Well spent no, but time well spent while sick yes. The ending was extremely disappointing

What was most disappointing about Shalini Boland’s story?

The end.

What does Katie Villa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was well written and had me in suspense, I feel like the end was so disappointing that if you had not read the epilogue at the end, you would have felt completely cheated.

Do you think The Child Next Door: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No please god, Id rather she write a book about the creepy next door neighbor through his eyes.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Author knows how to keep you interested

I did not want to put the book down. Thanks to S.Boland I will look for more books written by her. To be honest it is now 6 AM I started about 9PM.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Better and better

This writers books keep getting better and better. I've read all of her books and they're all quick easy to read books. All catch your attention right away and hold it throughout. Can't wait to see what she writes next. Highly recommended

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Tedious

Boring.... I struggled to get through to the end of this book. This was my first book by this author and I would not read any of her books again. The narration, however, was very good. Only thing that kept the book somewhat interesting.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Tabs S
  • 05-20-18

Loved it

Enjoyed this from start to finish! Excellent narration, story and characters. Good twists at the end

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • steven
  • 07-30-18

Outstanding

Just a very good book that did keep me waiting to listen to it all of the time

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  • Tania
  • 07-28-18

Thrilling - Twists and Turns at Every Stage.

I loved this audio book. It was entertaining from start to finish with an extra twist right at the very end. I highly recommend this book. The narrator was exoressive making it very interesting and easy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • susan scott
  • 06-08-18

Terrific story

I loved this book it was brilliantly written and the twist at the end was a real surprise

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-27-18

believable story

Got through this book in just a few days . Excellent thriller , well narrated .

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  • Mrs Ashman
  • 05-25-18

Amazing

Another one of Shalini Boland's I couldn't stop listening to.
Well narrated, compelling story, relatable characters and great twists

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • bigjim78
  • 04-19-18

great book

loved this book, it's not often a book keeps my attention but I really enjoyed this one, will definitely be listening to more.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-18

Great book

Despite it being quite repetitive due the nature of the subject and that the book is written from one characters point of view, it's still a great listen. The story is predictable but doesn't detract from the enjoyment.
The ending was a bit odd for me and it could've gone into a little more detail. Maybe paving the way for another book?

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  • miss
  • 04-03-18

Finished listening to this book in 2 days

Great narration, couldn’t stop listening. Brilliant storyline and gripped until the end. The secret mother is also a great listen

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  • Rose
  • 09-24-18

what an awful bunch of characters

I really wanted to give this book a better star rating and so you might say well, why not then and there are one or two reasons for it. First of all let’s say that Kirsty is probably the most awful woman I have read about this year. she’s selfish, annoying and she just loves a pity party and all that moralizing at the end well, it’s not for me. Also i found it slightly predictable and though I can believe in the story ine and that there’s still more hiding beneath the surface I did nevertheless find some of it not to my taste. that said I did finish the book in one sitting so it’s not all bad hence the middle rating and the performance was pretty well flawless. Mind you, I’m not surprised at the eppilogue and I could guess at the reason for so much air freshener but that’ll do for now, don’t want to spoil it for anyone else wanting to read it do I?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-18

takes awhile to get going

it was a struggle to get thru at first, but keep at it. good twist.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-18

Awesome

Loved it an amazing read twists and turns very addictive read did not expect the ending

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-29-18

Poor Baby.

Really? I wanted to kill the heroine right from the very first chapter. Panic overload.