The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

by Shari Lapena
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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena


Shari Lapena’s new thriller, A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, is available now from Viking Books!

The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages. People

Provocative and shocking.” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

“I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline.  The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!” —Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X

It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

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 lands 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735221109
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 226
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

SHARI LAPENA worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two award-winning literary novels, and The Couple Next Door is her suspense debut.

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The Couple Next Door 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely give books a 5 star rating, but this was a really good book! It's about a couple whose baby is kidnapped. There's a surprising twist near the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crazy good, couldn't stop reading. Shocking ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept you on edge until the last page!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The overall plot is good, however the writing and the dialogue are seriously lacking. The predictability of the narrative makes the "twists and turns" seen from a mile ahead. It had so much potential, but ultimately fell short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat the whole time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different story, kept me guessing. I found it was hard to put down, had to keep reading to find out what happened.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It was a good story w/ a lot of twists. I really didn't figure out the probable who done it till about 3/4 to the end. The only thing I didn't care for / got tired of; a lot of repeating of conversations and scene replays. The only 2 character developments were Anne & Marco. Should have been much more on the neighbors next door and Anne's mother and stepfather.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a plethera of books a week, mostly mystery/suspense. I couldn't get past the first few pages. The first chapter should grab you, this one didn't for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to the end. A must read, for sure!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Seems to be saying the thing over and over
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much. Lots of twists and turns. It was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner that has you guessing til the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me on the edge of my seat for the longest I loved it 5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real stay-up-at-night page turner. So disturbing...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grabs you right away. I couldnt put it down!
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a recommended novel of suspense. Anne and Marco Conti are attending a dinner party at their next door neighbors. Their sitter cancelled on them at the last minute and they know Cynthia and Graham don't like children, so they have left 6 month old Cora asleep next door, in their attached home. They have the baby monitor with them and are taking turns checking on her every half hour. As the party drones on, Anne is drunk and bothered by how much Cynthia is shamelessly flirting with Marco. When Anne finally persuades Marco to leave after 1 AM, they return home to find their front door open and baby Cora gone. Detective Rasbach knows there is more going on than the couple is telling him and he works to slowly uncover hidden secrets and potential theories regarding what happened to Cora. It doesn't appear that anyone else has been in their home. However, the back door motion sensor light has been unscrewed and the Conti's garage door, which opens to the alley, was left open. There are tire tracks not from the Conti's car in the garage. It seems that someone went out the back door with Cora, but why was the front door open? Could the Cont's be covering up something more sinister? This is a riveting, suspenseful debut novel that had me glued to the pages, overlooking, but noting, all the many flaws while I read. The chapters alternate between narrators so you can follow what each character is thinking as the search progresses. There are plenty of secrets which mean there are plot twists and reveals of secrets along the way. And, let's face it, in any case, real or fiction, with a missing baby the parents are the main suspects. I kept reading wanting to know what happened next, as Lapena throws one surprise after another at the reader. Many of these twists I saw coming so they just confirmed my predictions, which is sometimes a motivation for reading a mystery. Some of the plot elements are also just a tad bit too convenient. Now the flaws are numerous. The characters seemed very much all convenient cliches: the doubting detective, extremely wealthy parents, disappointing son-in-law, poor first time mother with postpartum depression and other issues (and postpartum depression is real, but somehow marginalized here), the sexy next-door-neighbor, a difficult fussy baby. Add to that the lack of real character development, and it's hard to like or truly care about these people. In the end this was a hard one for me to rate. The ending almost led me to a two star rating. It is not an outstanding-must-read-book-of-the-summer. The writing is okay and the plot is pedestrian, BUT I did read it wanting to know what happened next, which is sometimes the whole reason to read a mystery. This is worthy of airplane book status. It's going to keep your attention, provide entertainment, and will be easy to jump back into during your trip. Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
The Couple Next Door is riveting! Truly. The pace is relatively quick with a lot happening in a very short span of time. Towards the end, you don’t know which end is up! The story follows a couple whose baby has disappeared from her crib in the middle of the night. Who did it and why? How did they manage it? Was it planned in advance or did the kidnappers see an opportunity and run with it? Will the baby be found…alive? What I think I loved most about this book (aside from the fact that it was actually suspenseful when so many of the thrillers and suspense novels I’ve read lately haven’t been) is the exploration of motive because it raises a lot of questions and highlights our human failings. Do we really know what our loved ones are capable of? How far will a person go when they are desperate? Is there a limit to forgiveness and understanding? My singular complaint is the ending. Of course, I can’t be specific, so I’ll just say, I don’t understand why it was necessary (I have thoughts about why, but again…spoilers). For me, it in no way enhanced the story and felt a little disjointed. Despite the ending, it was smartly written and such an engrossing story, that I have to put it in the must read category. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Quick enjoyable read
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was an amazing book! Definitely recommend!
Lisa Herrmann 7 months ago
I'm not a fiction reader but thought I'd give this a try. The plot was intriguing enough to keep me engaged. Unfortunately the characters were one note, and the writing could have used another edit. I did not find it a satisfying read.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book was; hands down, one of the best books I've read in awhile. So for that I give this 5 stars! It kept my attention, it had great charcters and you can feel the emotions from the characters as well. Page after page of shocking husband even asked me what I was reading one night bc of my explanations of shock. It's definitely one of those books you cannot put down. You'll be saying, just one more chapter bc I got to get up for work in the morning and 6 chapters later, you're still saying...just one more chapter lol!
Anonymous 1 days ago
A definite page turner! My kind of book. Kept me guessing until the very end.
Anonymous 13 days ago