About the Book:
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora, but one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family, a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
The Couple Next Door was one of those books that I had on my pre-order list and was practically counting the days until it was released so when I got a chance to read a review copy ahead of release I couldn’t say no! This book is worth all of the hype – it grabs you from the opening chapter and it doesn’t let you go until the very end.
The premise of the book just hooks you right in – the idea of a couple who are prepared to leave a young baby home along whilst they go to a dinner party at their neighbour’s house is shocking. Yes they took a baby monitor with them and they planned to check on the baby every half an hour but that doesn’t make it okay in any way, shape or form. So from the beginning I didn’t particularly like the two main characters and I wasn’t sure whether I could trust either of them, they both felt unreliable to me and I love that in a novel.
The Couple Next Door has twist after twist, shock after shock and you won’t be able to put the book down until you get to the end and finally discover what is going on.
I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a twisty psychological thriller that really will keep you on the edge of your seat and feeling like you have no idea who to trust. I now can’t wait to read whatever Shari Lapena writes next!
I received a copy of this novel from Random House/Transworld via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
Shari Lapena is a Canadian author, born in 1960. She previously worked as a lawyer and an English teacher. Her novels include Things Go Flying (2008), Happiness Economics (2011), and The Couple Next Door (2016).
19 thoughts on “#BookReview: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena”
I have a copy of this one to read, I haven’t done so yet because I was worried that I would be too annoyed with the parents for leaving the baby – but I really must get over that and see what I think.
I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it.
I keep hearing good things about this one. I’m glad you liked it so well! I may have to move it from the radar to the wishlist. Thanks for an excellent review.
Thank you. I hope you enjoy it when you get to read it.
I think I must be one of the only people on the planet who wasn’t keen on this book! I really couldn’t get away with it xxx
I think I maybe read it at the right time for me. I can really understand why people haven’t liked it but I found that because it was a book where I had to suspend my disbelief a lot it made it great escapism for me at a time when I needed that from a book. xx
This sounds like a very intriguing read!
I loved this one, too; it will make my Top Favorites for the year. I definitely want to read more from this author. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you. I can’t wait to see what she writes next either. 🙂
This sounds like a great book! Adding it to my list!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this one – glad you enjoyed it and thank you for sharing:)
This sounds like a great read! It’s a shame that there are a few books and a movie I think with similar titles, but with luck, this won’t get confused with any of them! By the way, you can review my book any time! It’s a crime novel, The Shame of Innocence.
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Tho’ my take on this book is rather less favourable, you express the author’s strengths well.
Thank you. I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy the book as much as I did though.
I enjoyed this one as well. However… it was remarkably similar to Joy Fielding’s “She’s not there”. Check out my reviews: https://fictionophile.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/the-couple-next-door-by-shari-lapena/ AND https://fictionophile.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/shes-not-there-by-joy-fielding/
Strangely both authors live in Toronto.
Thanks for leaving the links to your reviews – I’ve just read them both and am really intrigued by how similar the plots sound. I really want to read the Joy Fielding book now.
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