The Courier – ARC Book Review

The Courier: The most gripping, page-turning psychological suspense of 2021 by [Holly Down]

A clever concept that has you gripped until the last page’ Hattie Brett, Grazia

She sees much more than you think . . .

Five years ago, Laurel Lovejoy had it all. The high-powered city job, the loving husband, the perfect daughter. Now, she is forty and alone, and working for a courier service. But she has discovered that being a delivery driver comes with a superpower: it makes her invisible. People accept her presence without question. They go about their lives, unaware of just how much she sees – how much she knows.

Laurel is particularly fascinated by the residents of Paradise Found, an exclusive gated cul-de-sac. She sometimes even finds her way there when she’s not working, using her days off to soak up as much information about the inhabitants and their lives as she can. Everyone needs a hobby.

Then one day Laurel sees something in one of the houses – something that blows her whole world apart, and will have devastating consequences for everyone involved . . .

No. of pages:- 320 pages

Date published:- will be published on 30th September 2021

Publisher:- Hodder and Stoughton

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating:- 2.5 / 5 stars

OK….I am having mixed feelings about the book.

Five years ago, Laurel had a steady, high paid job. But an incident changed Laurel’s life–she lost both her husband and her daughter and now, she is working as a delivery person in a firm called Zippi. She then gets a chance to deliver parcels in a wealthy neighborhood and meets a man named Patrick. Then the story starts from here.

I feel there are more negative things about this book than positive things. Too much of repetition which seemed unnecessary to me in some parts, making this book boring and repetitive. The characters were flawed and I didn’t really like Laurel’s character much. Though there were some twists and turns, that were in most unexpected, the ending left me a bit confused. I thought, in my opinion, the ending was a bit sloppy, as if the author hurriedly finished off the book with this abrupt ending.

I feel in my opinion the plot was good. But the too much repetition of words made the whole story a bit boring with a sloppy ending made me not enjoy this book much. Worth only 2.5 stars.

Thank you Netgalley and Hodder for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Holly Down

Holly was born in Hull and studied PPE at New College, Oxford. In 2016 she took part in City University’s Novel Studio. Her debut novel, The Courier, is published by Hodder & Stoughton in September 2021. She lives in north London with her husband and two children.

Holly is represented by Daisy Parente of Lutyens & Rubinstein.

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