Sunday, September 4, 2016

Book Review: The Couple Next Door: A Novel by Shari Lapena-Mystery/Thriller-Psychological Thriller

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of The Couple Next Door: A Novel by Shari Lapena.

Title: The Couple Next Door: A Novel 
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller-Psychological Thriller
Author: Shari Lapena
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Language: English
Hardcover: 320 pages
Meet the Author: Shari Lapena
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

"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 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.

My Thoughts

Who could think a mother or a father would be capable of kidnapping their own child to get out trouble? Nobody, I would say, of course, everything is possible, people cant be so sure. That's the case with this book, the unthinkable happens, the most twisted scenario, yes.

The Couple Next door is the story of Anne and Marco Conti and Cynthia and Graham Stillwell, two couples living in this neighborhood, next to each other and all the events leading the kidnap of  Anne and Marco's baby Cora.

Without any spoiler I will just say this is a very disturbing read, in the sense of all happening in the story is unbelievable, things you dont think can happen. In the other hand, a very clever and well structured story, the characters, the plot, keep you interested. Only took me a few days to read it, a fast paced read, couldn't put it down. The twist of events, was not expecting it at all but at the end everything clicks, everything makes sense.

Overall, a great debut novel, another fascinating thriller which I totally recommend.


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