Review of The Couple on Cedar Close by Anna-Lou Weatherley

3 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Laurie thinks she has the perfect marriage to her husband Robert until one fateful day at an annual barbecue. Laurie discovers that her husband Robert is having an affair, and has a child with the woman. Robert moves out of the house and when Laurie decides to try to give their marriage a second shot, Robert is found upstairs brutally murdered. Laurie wakes up covered in blood with no recollection of what happened, largely in point she believes due to her addiction to pills and alcohol. As Laurie tries to piece together the events of that night other murders start happening that Laurie is getting blamed for also, but she doesn’t have a recollection of those either. Is she having blackouts or someone framing her for the murders?

I think I had higher exceptions for this book and it kind of felt like a letdown to me. There really wasn’t any suspense to the novel and I had the killer figured out less than half way through the book due to some not so subtle clues. It was definitely focused more on a police drama than a domestic abuse drama like I assumed it was going to be. I liked the character of Dan Riley and how he went about solving the murder and how he didn’t let the evidence sway him away from his gut instinct. All in all not a terrible book but definitely lacking in suspense and mystery.

Thank you again to Bookouture and NetGalley for the copy!

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