[676]: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

28815474 The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Double Day Canada | August 23rd, 2016
Source: Publisher for review
Adult Fiction | Crime | Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?

People are capable of almost anything. . .
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.

No. You can’t pay me a million dollars to leave my 6-month old baby at home just so I can drink wine with people that I don’t even like. And even if we literally share a wall, and that I will be checking on her in half an hour intervals, there’s nothing you can say to me that will convince me otherwise. But then again, I’m not Anne.  And if Anne refused to leave the baby at home, then we wouldn’t have a story now, would we? So yeah. The stuff nightmares are made of happened: the babysitter cancelled at the last minute, the parents of the year then decided the baby will be fine if they check on her every half an hour. They got home only to find a door ajar, an empty crib, and no baby in sight.

Our troubled couple has been having marital problems ever since the baby was born. Anne, suffering a bout of post-partum depression, has had to deal with watching her neighbour shamelessly flirt with her husband on the night of the party. You can say she’s already unstable so the discovery that their baby was taken only pushed her over the edge.

It’s easy to put the burden of the blame to the parents for negligently leaving a baby at home. And even more so when the detectives handling the investigation didn’t find any evidence that shows anyone else was in the house during the baby’s disappearance. But little by little, information would come to light about other possibilities. Unlike other suspense novels I’ve read as of late, this one was pretty transparent. Readers will know the key players and motives of the kidnapping pretty early in the game. However, Ms. Lapena still left a card up her sleeve to make it worth your while.

The Couple Next Door has a different flavour of suspense. Although at times it would seem that Lapena guides her readers through a lit room, little surprises jump at the readers along the way. It’s not entirely predictable but the break-neck pace will lend to a much enjoyable read, nonetheless.

  • Jazmen

    This sounds pretty good. I think I’ll check this one out. Thanks, Joy!

  • Wow! This sounds like a suspense riddled read! I cannot imagine making that kind of decision, but then to return to the child missing… devastating!

  • Interesting, but as a mother o.o I’d prob have a hard time with this one

  • Gah I need this book! I love suspense novels that keep me guessing. But I also love suspense novels that show the villain from the beginning but the motives are left until the end or a twist is left at the end. I wish I had picked this up when I had the chance. Great review!

  • It always drives me batty when the parents are so dimwitted and careless with their kids!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I’m definitely curious. It reminds me of a real life case in Columbia I think? Not sure, but it’s about a couple that went out with friends and left their young daughter alone in the hotel and she ends up going missing. I’m not sure what happened though…


  • oh wow….this book sounds fabulous I love those fast paced stories!!! Creepy about leaving the baby at home though, just gives me the chills.

  • OMG, I want to read this book so bad! Thanks for the review, Joy. It’s the first book I’m going to buy next week.

    Also? I wouldn’t leave my baby at home to go to a party either. Yikes!

  • So horrible and creepy

  • Ohh, this one do sound pretty interesting 😀 Not for me.. but I do like suspense, sort of ;p Sounds exciting. I’m glad you liked it so much 😀 Yay.

  • Same could never leave my child, but this sounds like it turned out to be a great suspenseful drama!! Great Review!

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

  • I’m with you on not leaving my baby home alone to go mingle. I’m paranoid enough as it is, so just no. I like the sound of this, even though It’s not my usual genre to read. I’d rather watch it onscreen. Great review!

  • I like the fact that the author threw in a few twists along the way. I can see my self yelling at this couple and my stress levels going up, lol. I’m glad this ended up entertaining and a fast read Joy 🙂

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Why didn’t they just bring the baby with them? That surely couldn’t have caused any more interruption to their “adult” evening than getting up to go next door every half hour! But, like you said, if they’d done that there would be no story. Love it when an author has a card up their sleeve too, so now I’m definitely curious!!!!

  • Karen

    This seems like the kind of book where I would be yelling at all the characters lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • kindlemom1

    I liked that you described this as having a break-neck pace. Sometimes that is a good thing in a thriller. This sounds fun in its own right. Great review!

  • Yeah I know I would probably want to smack the heck out of those parents. I mean why not just take the baby with you if you want to drink wine with people you don’t want so much?? Sad thing though this might be a reality for some babies!
    I’m curious to see how the rest of the plot is executed!

  • I just can’t decide if I want to try this one. The beginning of your review hits the nail on the head – I can not fathom leaving my baby like that. and I think it’s that ridiculousness that’s keeping me from giving this book a chance. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though!