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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The New Couple by Alison James, published by Bookouture.


As I step through the cherry-red door of my new home, I know I should feel like the luckiest woman alive. I have a handsome husband, a beautiful daughter and now the house of my dreams. And to everyone else my life looks perfect…

When the neighbours stop by to welcome us, I tell them my name is Stephanie Hamlin and, under the watchful gaze of my husband Richard, I introduce him and our curly haired little girl Poppy. I smile as wide as I can and desperately hope I can fit in to this exclusive place with its pretty communal gardens. Because I’ve risked everything to be here.

Behind closed doors I try to relax, to unwind in the huge clawfoot bath and forget about my complicated past. It’s hard being the new couple on the street when you’ve got secrets.

Because the truth is, my charming husband isn’t really my husband.

And I’m not Stephanie Hamlin…

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. If you love Behind Closed DoorsMy Lovely Wife and The Perfect Couple, you’ll be hooked.

“The perfect marriage… The perfect house… The perfect secret…”

An intricately woven and taut psychological thriller, The New Couple is a tale where no one is as they seem and where secrets, lies and deceit dominate. I enjoyed the air of something sinister afoot right from the start and it definitely sent my curiosity into overdrive.

A gentle lead up as the foundation is laid, increases to a more thrilling second half, where the tension and suspense ramps up on it’s way to the finishing line. It’s plot twists are solid and seamlessly come together in a satisfying outcome. All round I found this to be a very entertaining read.

Thank you to Alison James, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The New Couple, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts about this book. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional materials.


Alison James was born in the Cotswolds but spent most of her formative years abroad. She studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after her two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, she worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.



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