Monday, 4 February 2019

The Couple by Sarah Mitchell - Extract


Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.

The Couple is a psychological thriller with a stunning twist, perfect for fans of The Girl Before, The Wife Between Us, and The Woman in the Window.



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Chapter One - Extract

Now
A voice.
It floats over the shoulder of the woman in front of me, words never intended for my ears. My brother’s girlfriend is speaking to my
mother, the milk-soft nape of her neck exposed by the overhead lights as she leans in close. Her tone may be low and confidential but I’m
standing just behind them hearing it all, unwatched, unnoticed, until a maternal sixth sense makes my mother spin abruptly on her heel.
‘Claire!’ My mother’s expression encapsulates shock masked by a hasty screen of pretence. I see the momentary panic as she
scrabbles around for something to say, the alien lipstick, put on for me, for this, my special celebration, bleeding into the tiny lines
around her mouth. ‘Elsa was just saying... we were both telling each other... how wonderful you’re looking tonight.’
This is not, as well she knows, an accurate summary of Elsa’s remarks, and as if to compensate my mother throws her left hand
towards me, finds my fingers and squeezes hard. ‘What we really meant to say was how beautiful you’re looking tonight. Just beautiful.’ 
She smiles, eyes bright with sudden sincerity, although nobody else, not even, it occurs to me, my own, cellophane-packet new
fiancĂ©, has called me beautiful this evening. She presses my hand again, gazes first at me and then at Elsa, as if checking there is no
trail of explosive between us that is about to ignite in her absence.
‘I’d better go and find your stepfather,’ she says, and is gone.

Author Bio:

After graduating from Cambridge University, Sarah Mitchell practised as a barrister in London for 20 years, working in the field of human rights and European Law. She was tempted to write fiction for a long while and finally signed up for an introductory creative writing course with the Open University. Two years later she took a sabbatical from the bar to do an MA in Creative Writing at the UEA and has never looked back. THE LOST LETTERS is her first novel, inspired by a walk on the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea to calm her nerves before starting the MA, and the decision her grandparents almost made to evacuate her mother to Canada at the start of the Second World War. Sarah now lives back in Norfolk - where she grew up - with her husband and three almost-grown-up children, and combines writing with some legal work.

You can follow Sarah Mitchell on Twitter at @SarahM_writer


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  1. This sounds like a great read! The excerpt drew me right in. Definitely my sort of book - thanks for sharing!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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