Entertaining & Gripping
The Other Couple by Diane Jeffrey is a simply marvellous contemporary psychological suspense that had me mesmerized from the start.
Diane Jeffrey is masterful at her craft as she draws the reader in, leading us with our emotional responses to her characters. We cling on to the narrative for dear life.
The story is told in the first and third person from two alternating points of view. As such, we become intimately acquainted with the characters.
We witness the total desolation that comes with loss. “I have nothing left to lose. I’ve already lost everything.” Desperation takes over as a character relentlessly searches for answers, employing tactics that she never realized lay within.
The weather mirrors the action as Diane Jeffrey employs the literary device of pathetic fallacy. As the storm clouds gather, they mirror a character’s inner turmoil.
All the characters are well drawn and realistic. Not all are likable, nor were they intended to be. Our responses are led by the powerful pen of Diane Jeffrey.
I loved the inclusion of Rusty the dog. His zest for life was infectious. It was easy to picture him bounding along.
The characters fell into the categories of innocence and experience. The ones in the former category were by far, the more likable.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Other Couple. It was an entertaining and gripping read. I paused only to sleep as The Other Couple took over my life for a few hours.
I think The Other Couple would make a fabulous Netflix series – any producers out there, please take note.
I received a free copy from the author as part of a blog tour with Rachel’s Random Resources. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
The Other Couple
Two couples. A fatal accident. And a decision that changes everything…
Kirsten and Nick are enjoying a weekend away until, on their drive home, they accidentally run over and kill a man. They should call for help – but they have too much to lose, and no one can know the real reason they’re here. Instead, they make a split-second decision to conceal the accident.
Amy and Greg have just celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary. Amy is expecting a baby, and they couldn’t be happier. So when Greg fails to come home from a dog walk one weekend, Amy knows the police are wrong to believe he left of his own accord. Someone must be behind Greg’s disappearance, and Amy won’t give up until she gets justice – or revenge.
If you had nothing left to lose, how far would you go to find the truth?
Diane Jeffrey is a USA Today bestselling author.
She grew up in North Devon and Northern Ireland. She now lives in Lyon, France, with her husband and their three children, Labrador and cat.
Diane has written six psychological thrillers, all published by HQ / HarperCollins.
THE GUILTY MOTHER, Diane’s third book, was a USA Today bestseller and her fourth novel, THE SILENT FRIEND, was a Karin Slaughter pick for ASDA.
THE COUPLE AT CAUSEWAY COTTAGE, Diane’s fifth thriller, is set on the remote island of Rathlin, off the Northern Irish coast and has recently been shortlisted for an International Thriller Writers award.
She is currently working on her seventh psychological thriller.
Diane is an English teacher. When she’s not working or writing, she likes swimming, running and reading. She loves chocolate, beer and holidays.
Above all, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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