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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door

by Shari Lapena

Quick take

The plot unfolds at such a dizzying pace, I didn't have time to form my own theories. I just held on tight and enjoyed the ride!

Why I love it

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Do you have neighbors? Have they ever invited you to a dinner party?

Anne and Marco Conti are a seemingly normal couple: He's a successful businessman, she's a new stay-at-home mom. Together they are raising their baby, Cora, in an affluent neighborhood in upstate New York. They seem to have it all. That is, until their next door neighbors invite them over for dinner...

Drinking occurs. Flirting ensues. And (you guessed it!) a terrible crime is committed. Now it's up to the police to piece together what happened. As the detectives search for clues, hidden pasts and secret lives are uncovered, stories crumble, and everyone — everyone — has something to hide. But who is the real culprit?

One of my favorite things about the book is how the author brings to life the panic, embarrassment and despair felt by the characters as the tension builds and everyone remains under scrutiny. Imagine a private detail of your life you never wanted to share suddenly being held under the microscope for all the world to see.

And then there is the investigation itself. The police detectives are as fully fleshed out as the suspects, and their methods as they search for the truth are fascinating. They are experts at figuring out who is lying, who knows something they may not even realize they know, and who is keeping something from them. And the solution - WOW.

Here's my two-word review of this book: HOLY CATS. I couldn't put it down! Lapena delivers reveal after reveal, each one more riveting than the last. The plot unfolds at such a dizzying pace, I didn't have time to form my own theories. I just held on tight and enjoyed the ride!

So if you're looking for something fun and entertaining to take your mind off the world for a while, pick up this riveting book. It does the trick!

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  • Elkhorn , NE

    This book started out kind of slow, but picked up quickly. The details on the settings were somewhat ‘dry'- nothing morbid. This book is def a jaw dropper! I have never been more shocked in my life!

  • Hanford , CA

    I love thrillers and books where you try to figure out what is going to happen, and try to out how it will end. This was a quick read for me, and was an ending I didn’t see coming until the very end.

  • Plaistow, NH

    I really enjoyed this book! I can't get enough of these thrillers that keep you guessing until the very end and this was an exceptionally well written one. I'm looking forward to more from this author

  • Fayetteville, NC

    I love trying to figure out the "who done it" type of stories and usually I can guess all the ways it could go. Somehow this one still shocked me! The betrayal from the ones they love broke my heart.

  • Hanover, PA

    This book had CONSTANT twists & turns. Every time I thought I had it figured out, BAM, another twist! It keeps you on the edge of your seat til the last page! Very well-written- I highly recommend it.

  • Clarksville, FL

    I've never really sat down and read half a book in one day, but I did with this one! I would've finished it if I hadn't of went to bed!! Each chapter kept me going to the next, surprised to the end!

  • Cincinnati, OH

    I never though of myself as a mystery/thriller lover, but this book changed my perspective! I was on the edge of my seat and constantly thinking through the story - I had so much fun reading this one!

  • Spring Lake, MI

    I couldn't put it down ... I FLEW through this book. I normally try to figure it all out and stay ahead of the mystery, but with this one the only way through it was to go page by page. I LOVED it.

  • Anaheum, CA

    This kept me guessing! I was always wrong and it brought me through an exciting adventure. And the ending! Ugh, I was hoping for a happy ending, but I didn't get it.I love when I don't get what I want

  • Grand Rapids, MI

    Great book! I had my own theories as I read this story, and I was continually surprised. I'm pretty sure I yelled with shock and slammed the book shut on the last page! I love books that make me FEEL!

  • Azusa , CA

    A suspenseful and emotional read, this book had me on the edge and took my heart to places I didn't know it could go. Those twists and turns were incredible and the ending left me wanting so much more

  • Seattle, WA

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! While I was a little disappointed with the ending (I need to learn to lighten up a little bit) it is a book that I would read time and again.

  • Berthoud, CO

    The twists! It was a little slow in the middle but picked back up and definitely surprised me. I was snuggling my little baby the whole time I read this! It left me with a "what the hell?!" at the end

  • Conshohocken, PA

    I read this for a beach read on my honeymoon and I couldn't put it down! It is a quick read that had me turning the page. It is by no means a philosophical book, but great to just read something fun!

  • White Plains, NY

    This book was moving from page 1! Such a well develop set of plot points, left me guessing as to the title until the very last chapters. I read this book in less than 24 hours, I could't put it down!

  • Brownsburg, IN

    I was interested from the start of this book. I meticulously thought out my Who Dun It theories only to have them thrown up in the air several times. Lots of twists and turns to keep me hooked! Love!

  • Wantage, NJ

    I'm always looking for that "normal characters with crazy secrets" story, and this didn't disappoint. The narrator's voice was honest & reminiscent of The Girl On The Train, but still totally unique.

  • Sparrows Point, MD

    I've wanted to read this book since it came out just because the excerpt caught my attention. The moment I started the first page I just couldn't put it down. I needed to know how every facet worked.

  • Savannah, GA

    This story was incredibly intense! As also a new mother with a six month old at the time I read this, I identified heavily with the mother's mental state and exhaustion. A suspenseful mystery indeed!

  • San Jose, CA

    Although, parts of this story were predictable, it did hold my attention throughout the book. I kept reading on hungrily to find out how it all ends and who was at fault. It was an entertaining read.

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