The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | REVIEW

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Published by Doubleday Canada on August 23rd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 308
Format: Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

The Couple Next DoorAnne 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.”


3 Stars

First Line:

Anne can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her head was swimming.


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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is mystery and suspense novel about the repercussions of leaving your baby home alone and the struggles to keep a family with too many secrets together.

The Good

I must say that the marketing for this The Couple Next Door was highly effective, at least here in Canada. Everywhere I went there was an advertisement for it. One the subway trains, at bus stops, all over the Indigo/Chapters stores. It was part of the reason that piqued my interest.

From the very beginning The Couple Next Door had me on the edge of my seat. I just needed to know who kidnapped the baby and the reasons behind why the parents thought it was a good idea to leave her behind to attend a dinner party next door. So the mystery and suspense was on point in this book!

The characters were well fleshed out during the duration of the book. Anne has a dark past that not many people know about and she continues to doubt herself if she harmed Cora the night of her kidnapping. Marco seemed to be the level headed one of the couple, but we soon learn the struggles he goes through when he is at work. And don’t get me started with their neighbors Cynthia and Graham. I was quite surprised with their impact on the story!

Lapena does a fantastic job with the writing. She knows when to reveal information, but never too much at a time. This resulted in my many frustrated, but thrilling gasps as I hurled my book across the room. I’m the type of person that likes to have the facts. So I knew I had to get through this book ASAP. Luckily it is such a quick and easy read that I finished it within two days.

I still can’t get over that last chapter though. It was the perfect way to end the The Couple Next Door. Creepy as hell!!

The Bad

While I’ll enjoyed the mystery of who took baby Cora, there was still much left to be desired. There are some certain plot points that I didn’t agree with and wish things went in a different direction.

The big big reveal near the end was definitely one of them. To avoid spoilers, I will opt out any information about it. Just know that I wish the person behind the kidnapping of baby Cora was someone else or that their motives for doing so were a little more compelling.

Then their was the narrative voice Lapena decided to tell the story in. At times it got lost on me. Anne did this, Anne did that, Marco this, Marco that. Here is an example of what I am talking about:

Anne wilts in the heat of the summer night and watches her hostess with narrowed eyes. Cynthia is flirting openly with Anne’s husband, Marco. Why does Anne put up with it? Why does Cynthia’s husband, Graham, allow it? Anne is angry but powerless; she doesn’t know how to put a stop to it without looking pathetic and ridiculous.

That was just the second paragraph of the book. Do you see what I mean? Maybe it’s just me that it bothers!

Although I’m not overly happy with how the mystery was solved, I still enjoyed my reading experience and would recommend reading it for yourself. Let me know what you guys thought of The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Shari LapenaShari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction.

The Couple Next Door is her suspense debut. She lives in Toronto.

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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

8 thoughts on “The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | REVIEW”

  1. My first question when reading this was who leaves their baby home alone to go to a dinner party — even if it’s just next door? But the blurb sounded interesting. I can understand why you wanted more from it after reading your review. Nice job!


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