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The Couple

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He l
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Bookouture
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
I’m having facial aches from how long my jaw was dropped open while reading The Couple by Sarah Mitchell!!! This book puts the “thrill” in psychological thriller! You know how some thrillers have a slower build to a shocking conclusion? This one was edge-of-your-seat shocking the whole way through!! What a fantastic book that left me literally buzzing, especially those last few twists!

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Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire
Kim ~ Traveling Sister
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, netgalley
We all know at least one of them. That perfect couple. The couple that seems to have it all going for them. The envy of all their friends. Claire and Angus are that golden couple. They both have successful careers, newly engaged and just purchased an amazing home in a much sought after neighborhood. They really do have it all, or do they?

I had no idea where this book was leading me. It grasped me right from the start and did not let go until the end. The characters were so well developed that I
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this certainly took my breath away and numbed my senses because I sure didn't see those twists coming. Although in retrospect there were a few red herrings, I believe I was just a bit too entranced in it all to sniff them out like a proper detective. . One of the reasons I couldn't go to bed at a decent hour was wondering if Claire( our main protagonist who is also extremely unreliable) was going to be abl
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Couple is Sarah Mitchell's debut psychological thriller, but unfortunately, the cons outweighed the pros in terms of how enjoyable it was. Dual timelines where you experience two different time periods, past and present, usually work well for me, but I felt as though the changes were clunky and made the narrative very disjointed. It also starts off real slow and takes a long, long time to get moving; by this time I felt like giving up and reading something better, however, I did continue on ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a very unusual book, not remotely what I was expecting.

Claire, an immigration lawyer, is engaged to be married to Angus after a brief, whirlwind courtship. They look at a house in London and Claire is instantly attracted to the seller, a man named Mark, who reminds her desperately of Daniel, her past fiancé and the "one who got away".

None of the characters are remotely likable but in a market saturated with domestic thrillers this one breaks all of the rules and delivers some very unexpe
Jan 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this ARC for free from NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Good grief, I don't know what to start with here. There was just too much going on. It didn't help that the author jumped back to the present and then 5 years before every every chapter. We are following our main character Claire's current engagement to a man named Angus and then her university romance with a guy named Dan. If you wanted to know about either guy, there's not much there. We just
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it

I have found this book hard to review and woke in the night trying to work out what to say and how to review it!!!
I’m going to do it in 2 parts, first the writing......I loved the writing style, prob one of my favourite styles for a long time, descriptive and at times immersed in dark humour I found myself easily imagining each character and scene and really enjoying the extra effort the author went to to make the mundane sound fascinating ( after all its not easy to describe carpet in a manner
Mandy White
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Couple by Sarah Mitchell was not the book that I was expecting at all. The story was slow to begin with and then rushed at the end. I found it to be a bit far fetched and full of really horrible characters. There was not one that I liked in the entire book. It was at times confusing and it took me longer that usual to read as I just could not get into it as much as I would have liked.

Claire and Angus are engaged to be married and are buying their first home together. They buy a house from Ma
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh my! What a weirdly twisted book... The alleys were dark and felt psychotic. The mind was a fragile thing, once broken remained broken. What the heart wanted, it wanted by any means... Or death would be the end!!

Beware of the twisted plot this book coursed through. Claire and Angus were engaged, they bought a new house from Mark, Mark resembled her ex, so Claire had an affair with him and soon was embroiled in his nefarious deeds.

My first book by Sarah Mitchell, and my eyebrows touched my ha
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Surprising until the very last page. The Couple has a gripping plot that will captivate mystery and romance lovers. You just don't know what's going on. There were pages I had to read twice because I couldn't believe my eyes.
The main character Claire is an immigration lawyer with a dark past whose job makes the story even more interesting. In spite of being engaged, she isn't besotted by her fiance Angus, a serious hotel owner, so they are a bit far from being the perfect couple. They buy a hou
Paula Sealey
A thriller with a difference, I enjoyed the well developed plot and characters in this dual timeline story. I swiped the pages at quite a speed, becoming involved in the dark but entertaining tale. I would probably have given it a higher rating had it not been for some confusion later in the book (Chapter 24), when it became hard to tell which character I'd been reading about. Did it switch for that one chapter? I'm still not sure! That aside though, it was a solid read and I did enjoy Mitchell' ...more
Melissa In The City 🥂
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
5 stars for this twisted, twisty, dark, total mind game of a book. There wasn't one thing I did not like about this book. None of the characters were likeable or trustworthy but that's what made the book so awesome. I had no idea who was lying to me more or who was the "bad guy". The twists were unexpected and sprinkled throughout the book like little twisty surprises. I dont think I ever put my kindle down once I started this book. And that ending!
I CANNOT wait for more Sarah Mitchell books! T
Claire is engaged to Angus. She works as lawyer of sort for the immigration services and Angus runs a chain of hotels.

While house hunting, Claire meets Mark, who is selling them his house. She is drawn towards Mark.

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Feb 08, 2019 added it
To borrow the lyrics from a song...this whole book was really a "bad romance."

Claire works for the Home Office Immigration Service, not technically a lawyer, but she helps with appeals of decisions made regarding the status of a petition of residency. She's overburdened with the desperation of the petitioners and the work, but things are looking up for her now that she's met and become engaged to Angus. Yes, they've only known each other about 4 months, but Claire is quite pleased at the uptick
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE COUPLE is a debut psychological thriller by Sarah Mitchell and I absolutely loved it! I adore novels that are written in two time periods, namely the past and present, like this one.

The characters were very difficult to warm to, especially the main character Claire, who became rather irritating, annoying and dislikeable during the story.

Claire, who works for the Immigration Service is newly engaged after a whirlwind romance. Her fiance, Angus, is a hotel entrepreneur and they are looking to
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, well, what was this all about? I felt like I got a bucket load of information thrown at me and I had not the slightest idea what was going on. I could not imagine where it would all lead to and I wondered how this was going to come together.

The author played a game of table tennis and I was the little ball going to and fro between past en present.

Little by little every small bit of information became connected to the next one and I saw the light! At least I thought I did, but I had not tak
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, this is my favourite book of the month. What an amazing trip of literature at its supreme best. It is a masterpiece of style, vivid images, innovative analogies and richly drawn characters. It is seamlessly, effortlessly written and its pitch of tension is heart-racingly phenomenal. At times, my spine tingled with its sinister threads. I liked the skill employed in forcing the reader to try and figure out what is happening and who could be trusted. I found some red herrings whic ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very fast paced and interesting read. Definitely a thriller I would recommend. There were some parts that were unbelievable but overall the book is different then a lot of the unreliable narrator reads currently out there. I don't find the protagonist Claire very likeable but compared to most of the other people featured in the book aside from Claire's family and Agatha the rest of the cast of characters are downright despicable.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read and
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced read in exchange for this review.

The blurb and the title were what intrigued me - sadly, the read did not live up to what they promised.

The characters are all unlikeable - which doesn't necessarily make the book bad. However, their personas are flat and thus their actions puzzling and not at all believable, the plot is confusing and has so many gaping holes several armies could cheerfully march through them, and the story follows many unneces
I found this book very frustrating. The story of her past made everything feel disjointed and only felt like it gave the ending a reason to feel a little plausible. I have no idea why she is with Angus, WHY?! They don’t ever seem to get along. How about Mark? They seem to hit it off but then don’t get along either. There is CLEARLY something else going on outside of the relationship and I wanted to yell at Claire to open her eyes and leave! If a guy you barely know gives you a GUN to hide. RUN A ...more
Rachel Bridgeman
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february-2019
OMG where do I start?

Maybe the beginning is the best place for a book so damn good it gave me whiplash and possible permanant injury to my jaw from it hitting the floor.

From the start it gave me ‘Rebecca’ vibes to read about an engagement party to which the bride to be, Claire, is not really engaged with. Following an excruciating speech by her father in law, and a brief description of her and Angus’ whirlwind romance you wonder where this book is going.

She obviously had a thing with a person na
This is one of those books I almost can’t review for fear of giving anything away!

This book fooled me – it really got me good. Brilliant. The cover of the book says “Whatever you think you know… You’re Wrong”. NO KIDDING!

First, to those that are giving this bad reviews, I am presuming that at least some of you didn’t catch the shift in the narrative at the end – the big clue that let you know what just happened. Because if you missed it the book will make absolutely zero sense to you. If you did
Donna Hines
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
The Couple involves the notion that two's company and three is a crowd.
Claire is successful attorney who is engaged to Angus a hotel entrepreneur.
The romance between them is not quite electric especially now that they believe they found the perfect home but there's a catch.
The man selling this perfect home looks familiar--Damn!
Could this be Mark her long lost lover from 5 yrs earlier?
Well, I'll tell you this one had plenty of action but for me it may have been too much back and forth with the ti
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
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Julie Lacey
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh this book is full of twists and turns and I really enjoyed it.
Claire has just got engaged to Angus and whilst she is happy, the love of her life Daniel, is still casting his shadow over her.
We learn what happened between Claire and Daniel later in the book but until then, it’s surrounded by mystery.
Claire and Angus buy a new house together and when Claire meets the person selling the property, she is immediately drawn to him - because he reminds her of Daniel.
I have to admit I had no idea
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Couple looked very much like your standard domestic psychological thriller. (Standard issue domestic thriller title: check. Cover featuring young woman in brightly coloured coat looking over her shoulder: check.) So much so, in fact, that I wasn’t actually sure if I could be bothered to read it. However, it wasn’t quite what those signifiers had led me to expect. In fact it was quite an odd read altogether.

Narrator Claire is newly engaged to Angus after a whirlwind romance but clearly still
Lee Husemann
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire is struggling to get over her relationship with ex-boyfriend Daniel when she is introduced to Angus, They immediately hit it off and decide to marry. Angus suggests buying a house from someone named Mark. Claire goes to look at the house and she is immediately attracted to Mark because he resembles Daniel. He calls Clare back to the house on the ruse of buying an antique mirror and chest at which time he gives her a gun to hide. (Again, no explanation and Claire does not question it and s ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is a book and a half! Whilst it's all calm and pond-like on the surface, mad paddling is going on out of sight ...

Claire and Angus, a professional couple, celebrate their engagement with family and friends. Despite having already found an apartment they agreed on, Angus asks Claire to go and look at a house, where she meets the seller, Mark. He's very hospitable - perhaps more than the occasion merits? Before long, Claire and Angus take up residency in their lovely new home, but that
The Literary Shed
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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 interesti
Heather Byrne
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Couples is an intense, fast-paced psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat right until the last page. It has the most astonishing twists and turns which both shocked and disturbed me and kept me on tenterhooks right to the end.
Set in two time frames we follow the life of Claire who works for the immigration service. Although newly engaged after a whirlwind romance, Claire is not over an old relationship, and when she views a house where the seller bears a striking resem
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