The Mother at Number 5

Jill Childs

You thought you’d escaped. But then she moved next door.

As the moving van pulls up at number 5, a mother and daughter hop out. ‘Lovely to see you again,’ the mother says, giving me a knowing smile. ‘I’m so glad you told us about this lovely town’. As I take in her tanned arms and her neat dark bob, my blood runs cold with recognition. We met once on a summer holiday. I let slip a terrible secret, something no one here must ever know… but why has she moved to my street?

I look into the mother’s sparkling blue eyes. The kind of eyes you just want to trust. And shouldn’t. I watch her sad little daughter, who never says a word.

Fear rushes through me as I remember the night we met. I’m sure I never told her where we live. As if she can read my mind she leans in close and says, ‘Don’t worry, you’d had a few drinks. Your secret’s safe with me.’

But then my kind, loving husband comes home in pieces. She’s accused him of something terrible, something I know he would never, ever do.

The idea of losing my husband is terrifying. My new neighbour has gone too far.

The mother at number 5 has underestimated me ever since the night we met. And she has no idea what I’ll do to protect those I love…

A completely unputdownable psychological thriller from the USA Today bestseller about family secrets, guilt and lies. If you love The Girl on the Train, The Housemaid or Lisa Jewell, you will gasp out loud at the shocking twists!

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