ARC Review: The Couple on Cedar CloseThe Couple on Cedar Close by Anna-Lou Weatherley
on January 18, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley
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Cedar Close has always been a nice place to live – a quiet suburban street where everyone looks out for one another and bad things don’t happen.

Until late one evening, when Robert Mills is found dead in his bedroom.

Downstairs, in their beautiful kitchen, his wife Laurie sits alone in the dark with her head in her hands.

She can’t remember the last few hours, but she knows she didn’t kill Robert.

The trouble is, no-one believes her…

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts

As a book, this one is really good. The author has a writing style that is easy to read but at the same time, fast-paced such that you are never bored. The main character, Laurie, is also interesting. I saw so much strength from her and I couldn’t really help but admire her. I wasn’t able to connect with anyone else though- not even with the nice detective in this case, DI Riley.

This book gives us a glimpse of what happens to people around those with personality disorders. Robert Mills was an emotional abuser and he most likely has Narcissistic Personality Disorder (according to the book) but I also see antisocial features in him. These people don’t feel things the way that they do and the way mind works differently too. They take and take and take without remorse to those they hurt. So, in the end, Laurie was left as a shell of herself. Reading about these kinds of people scares me. Especially because it’s hard to know since they are so good at hiding their true selves.

However, even if I enjoyed the book and I like the psychological aspect of the book, I find that it lacks something as a mystery and thriller. One thing that I love about thrillers is that I am surprised in the end. Just dumbfounded. I want something that I did not expect. This was not the case in this book. The real murderer was obvious from the beginning. The clues weren’t subtle at all.

Overall, I still recommend this book especially if you won’t mind the predictability and would like to read a psychological thriller.

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