The Couple in the Photo – ARC Book Review

Book Title:- The Couple in the photo

Author:- Helen Cooper

Date published:- will be published on June 22nd 2023

Publisher:- Hodder and Stoughton

No. of pages:- 322 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

They’re your best friends.

Lucy and her husband do everything with their closest friends Cora and Scott. They’ve even bought a beach house together to enjoy summers with their kids. They’re more than they’re family.

They’re hiding something.

When a colleague passes around photographs from her honeymoon in the Maldives, Lucy is shocked to see Scott in one of the pictures, his arm around another woman.

The truth will change everything.

Then news breaks that the woman from the photograph has mysteriously vanished. Why was Scott there and what is he hiding?

As Lucy looks for answers, her whole life begins to unravel. If the lies start here, where do they end?

This was actually an interesting thriller.

The story starts with Lucy looking over at photos of her colleague’s honeymoon pictures. In one picture, she recognizes one of her friends Scott with another woman beside him. But Scott was in Japan for a business trip and there is no way he would be in Maldives. But few days later, news reached that a woman was found dead possibly murdered in Maldives and Lucy realized that was the same woman who was standing next to Scott on the photo.

This was fast paced, page turner and I was literally hooked into the book. The only thing was this book was predictable and by the end of the book I kind of predicted what was going to happen and my prediction was correct. Some parts in the book is unrealistic in my opinion. So overall this book worth four stars.

Many thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the ARC. The review is based on my honest review only

Helen Cooper is from Derby, England, and now lives in Leicester. She has a MA in Creative Writing and a background in teaching English and Academic Writing. Her creative writing has been published in Mslexia and Writers’ Forum; she was shortlisted in the Bath Short Story Prize in 2014, and came third in the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize in 2018. The Downstairs Neighbour is her first novel.

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