The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

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...

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Title:The Couple Next Door
Author:Shari Lapena
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The Couple Next Door Reviews

  • Sue

    THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is an outstanding debut psychological thriller novel from author Shari Lapena, and one of the best reads I have read this year! This novel, a child-abduction case, races along at an amazing speed, full of twists and turns, totally gripping the reader for the suspense ride from beginning to end. I kept flipping the pages as I had to know what had happened. I loved it!

    “They left their six-month-old baby (Cora) home alone and went to a party next door.”

    But with the monitor on

    THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is an outstanding debut psychological thriller novel from author Shari Lapena, and one of the best reads I have read this year! This novel, a child-abduction case, races along at an amazing speed, full of twists and turns, totally gripping the reader for the suspense ride from beginning to end. I kept flipping the pages as I had to know what had happened. I loved it!

    “They left their six-month-old baby (Cora) home alone and went to a party next door.”

    But with the monitor on next door…they would hear everything!

    Anne and husband Marco Contis are asked to their next door neighbors, Cynthia and husband Graham Stillwell for a dinner party, to celebrate Graham’s birthday. No” babies” allowed, so Anne hires a babysitter, who cancels at the last moment. Now what? How could she possibly go?

    But Marco said it would be fine, as it is only next door. They can bring the baby monitor and take turns checking on the baby every half hour.

    Marco was having a good time at the party and wasn’t in a rush to leave. Anne on the other hand suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of their daughter, and was anxious to return home. Then at 1:00A.M.when Anne and Marco left the party, they find the front door partly open…but she had locked it! Anne races up the stairs to the nursery…and now a parent’s worst nightmare –the baby was GONE!

    A frantic call to the police brings detective Rasbach and detective Jennings to the scene, to uncover the truth and find six-month-old Cory.

    So many lies, betrayals and cover ups in this novel. How well do you know the people closest to you?

    I am not going to say anymore as I don’t want to give the plot away, but this is a very riveting and powerful story. I loved it. All I can say is read this book… I don’t think you will be disappointed.

    Many thanks to Shari Lapena, Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net Galley for my ARC.

  • Elyse Walters

    ZERO SPOILERS!!!! ZERO SPOILERS!!!! LESS THAN ZERO!!! SAFE TO READ!!!!

    It's 3am....I just finish reading this -'sleep-killer'-story....

    My final HONEST REACTION?.......

    **HYSTERICAL**!!!! SO MUCH FUN!!!!! I could roll on the floor laughing right now....

    SOOOOOO FUNNY .....GREAT WILD RIDE!!!!!!

    Really...I'm not sure if I'm laughing at myself - or the story - or both!

    A few random thoughts - as you know I'm not going to give anything away:

    ......This is a question for my women friends: When you are str

    ZERO SPOILERS!!!! ZERO SPOILERS!!!! LESS THAN ZERO!!! SAFE TO READ!!!!

    It's 3am....I just finish reading this -'sleep-killer'-story....

    My final HONEST REACTION?.......

    **HYSTERICAL**!!!! SO MUCH FUN!!!!! I could roll on the floor laughing right now....

    SOOOOOO FUNNY .....GREAT WILD RIDE!!!!!!

    Really...I'm not sure if I'm laughing at myself - or the story - or both!

    A few random thoughts - as you know I'm not going to give anything away:

    ......This is a question for my women friends: When you are stressed, do you start cleaning? If ever fueled with anxiety, do you need to clean something, even if your house is already spotless?

    I started laughing - - (to myself of course --my husband was sleeping)...when the character, Anne, had a 'cleaning episode' moment.

    "She has to keep busy. She starts in the front entryway, cleaning the antique grate that

    covers the air duct. The scrolled ironwork is covered in dust and had to be scrubbed by hand. She gets a bucket of warm water and a cloth and sits down on the floor by the front door, begins to clean it, getting deeper into the grooves. It calms her".

    That excerpt was simply a fun 'comic' release!!!

    I've been guilty of the 'cleaning-crime' on occasion. :)

    ......Lots of theories to choose from in this story .....( pick your favorite):

    ---a baby is gone - - kidnapped her from the crib

    Who could it be? And why?:

    ---the mother who has been suffering postpartum depression? Maybe she killed her? Or maybe the father arranged the Kidnapping for ransom since his business was in serious trouble? Or maybe the babysitter who cancelled at last minute was guilty?

    Or maybe the couple next door - with their messy entanglement to the parents of the missing baby are the kidnappers? Or maybe the the entire neighborhood is guilty?

    Regardless ..... Shari Lapena's novel, "The Couple Next Store", is a very fast read...

    engaging....a FRICKIN KICK OF FUN!!!!

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    3.5 stars

    A swanky rich couple have a six month old baby. The babysitter cancels at the last minute, buuuutt the husband really wants to go to that dinner party next door with the hottie neighbor. He convinces the wife Anne that it will be just fine to leave the baby by herself and check on her every thirty minutes.

    They return home to find the baby is now missing.

    Then all the secrets...gotta have secrets. Mom is struggling with post-partum depression. Could she have done something to the baby

    3.5 stars

    A swanky rich couple have a six month old baby. The babysitter cancels at the last minute, buuuutt the husband really wants to go to that dinner party next door with the hottie neighbor. He convinces the wife Anne that it will be just fine to leave the baby by herself and check on her every thirty minutes.

    They return home to find the baby is now missing.

    Then all the secrets...gotta have secrets. Mom is struggling with post-partum depression. Could she have done something to the baby and this is just an elaborate cover-up? Dad, Marco..the boy from the wrong side of the tracks that lucked up and married Miss. Money..is he telling all the truth and only the truth?

    There is ALL kinds of drama up in here, plus evil, stupid characters. I totally ate it up. The book reads so frigging fast and some of the twisty turns had my head reeling. It's one that you want to read it one sitting even though you know there is no way the ending can do it justice.

    Sometimes I like a Lifetime movie just waiting to happen.

  • Melissa

    Wow . . . what was that ending?! OK, let me back up.

    There's no denying that this is a

    At the heart of the story is a frenzied pulse running rampant and it’s addicting. Ending chapters with shocking revelations, casting doubt and making me waver on my belief of who was behind it all, time and time again, was pure magic. I read this book over the course of one day, simply because I couldn’t bear to put it down. I had to know who took baby Cora and WHY.

    With that being said,

    Wow . . . what was that ending?! OK, let me back up.

    There's no denying that this is a

    At the heart of the story is a frenzied pulse running rampant and it’s addicting. Ending chapters with shocking revelations, casting doubt and making me waver on my belief of who was behind it all, time and time again, was pure magic. I read this book over the course of one day, simply because I couldn’t bear to put it down. I had to know who took baby Cora and WHY.

    With that being said,

    If you took away the frantic pace, I’m not sure where that would have left me. This wasn’t a story that focused on the depth of the characters or even really forging a connection with them. It was simply about unraveling the truth.

    Do I believe that anyone could’ve pull off this scenario? Absolutely not. The probability that all of the pieces would fall together like they did in this situation is hard to swallow; in fact, suspending disbelief is a requirement. Who would go to this extreme?! And the ending . . . I’m just gonna say it was crazy and leave it at that.

    Is this the best book I’ve ever read?

    Was it entertaining?

    Would I recommend it?

  • Lola

    A baby is kidnapped while the parents are next door.

    Mayhem ensues.

    It’s a captivating story, I’ll admit. At first, at least. Then, it becomes too convoluted to keep its realism.

    So the story isn’t bad per se. If you don’t mind crazy, nefarious scenarios with outcomes that lead to more crazy, nefarious scenarios, you might just love this.

    I couldn’t.

    I couldn’t because it didn’t sound right to me. Especially not the ending. What a stupid one. The character would never have done such a thing. Not af

    A baby is kidnapped while the parents are next door.

    Mayhem ensues.

    It’s a captivating story, I’ll admit. At first, at least. Then, it becomes too convoluted to keep its realism.

    So the story isn’t bad per se. If you don’t mind crazy, nefarious scenarios with outcomes that lead to more crazy, nefarious scenarios, you might just love this.

    I couldn’t.

    I couldn’t because it didn’t sound right to me. Especially not the ending. What a stupid one. The character would never have done such a thing. Not after what happened. But then again, I’m not the author. What do I know?

    I also couldn’t because the writing is horribly amateurish. It literally feels like a thirteen-year-old wrote this. Seriously, maybe middle grade mystery books would fit this author better.

    And then there’s the narration. Because the writing isn’t enjoyable, the narration, in consequence, isn’t either. Plus, I felt extremely disconnected from the characters. I didn’t even care about their circumstances.

    Sure, I wanted the baby found and brought back but, at some point, as the story becomes more and more convoluted, the focus sharpens on who is the kidnapper instead of where the baby girl is.

    The two are, of course, linked but the blame is put on so many people, while the baby remains unfound, that it starts to become ridiculous after a while.

    Can I just say it again? What a stupid ending. We all know what’s going to happen now. Who invented open endings, though? Curse them.

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