The most gripping, page-turning psychological suspense of 2021
by Holly Down
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 30 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
Hodder & Stoughton, Hodder Paperbacks
'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 . . .
Perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Adele Parks, Lisa Jewell and The Girl on the Train, THE COURIER will keep you up all night with your eyes glued to the page!
YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS LOVE THE COURIER:
'Gripping, immersive and fast-paced. Full of surprises and suspense' Helen Cooper, author of The Downstairs Neighbour
'[An] unnerving thriller. I was hooked from page one' Sophie Flynn, author of All My Lies
'Slammed me with twists and turns I didn't see coming' Polly Phillips, author of My Best Friend's Murder
'Had me on tenterhooks from beginning to end' C E Rose, author of The House on the Water's Edge
'Will have you hooked from page 1' Hannah Begbie, author of Blurred Lines
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 66 members
At first, I found it hard to get into this book but once I had, oh my goodness I am glad I kept with it. Really gripping and tense with some very unexpected disclosures and what an ending...
Woah! This book! It will have you gripped, I actually couldn’t put it down. Thought provoking, chilling and absolutely compelling reading
I read this excellent thriller over the course of two night, and had a hard time stopping. The story of a barely noticeable courier drew me in, showing just how little people notice the service providers around them.
This book had me gripped from start to finish! Absolutely did not see that ending coming. Its got a good pace to it that keeps you drawn in and hungry to know what's going to happen next. The characters are relatable and realistic and I guarantee you'll see your own neighbours in them. Definitely one that leaves you thinking for quite a while afterwards as its just creepy enough to actually be real. It's one of those perfect books to chill out on a beach with
Laurel Lovejoy had it all - a high powered job, loving husband and beautiful daughter. Now, five years later, she lives alone in a dingy flat, working for a courier service delivering parcels. She likes her new job as it lets her be invisible and she sees more than everyone realises. Her favourite place to deliver to is the exclusive gated Paradise Found. She even enjoys visiting the street during her time off, watching the residents and trying to find out more about them. Other than her job, it's the only thing she has to occupy her time. Laurel feels herself get closer to some of the residents, and then she sees something that blows her whole world apart and may have devastating consequences for those involved... A brilliant, well-written thriller that keeps you turning the pages to find out what will happen. There are an interesting set of characters and the story has some shocking twists and turns. I like how it takes place as the Covid pandemic is just starting, making it more relatable to the reader. Very much recommended. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of the book in return for my honest feedback.
I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review I loved this one. Very fast paced, had me turning pages as I tore through it – I had to see how it would end. The characters were well rounded- esp the narrator- and the narrative felt believable. Gave me chills and made me laugh!. Solid five
#TheCourier #NetGalley All the WOW's. 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 This is a must read. Wao all the wows. Thanks to NetGalley and Hodder Straighten for giving me an advanced copy.
“The Courier’ is a fantastic read, twisty and dark in all the right places! You are never sure exactly what is going, but in the very best way that just makes you want to keep turning those pages! The plot is told from the perspective of Laurel, it is very much her story. She is a courier, living a sad and lonely life. We learn that she fell from grace some five years previously, once being a highly successful married executive and mother to 2 year old, Sophie. We learn she is obsessively looking for her daughter, and appears to be using her job as a courier to facilitate this search. We are never sure exactly what happened to her daughter (this is revealed later), and we are not sure what is pulling her to obsess over 'Paradise Found' on her delivery runs. This book is set at the start of Covid 19 so takes in the introduction of Lockdown - I loved this, as it makes it instantly relatable and relevant. This book is SO well written, on this basis of this book, I am eagerly anticipating the next novel by Holly Down! My thanks to NetGalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn't sure quite what to expect with this novel, set as Lockdown was eking in- but it's absolutely brilliant! Quite a slow burner, we have suspicion, shady characters and a world that looks too good to be true.. an edge of the chair thriller, and there are no words for that ending!!