Book Review: The Couple Next Door


Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: July 14, 2016
Rating: ★★★★



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.


I picked this up after seeing a few recommendations from fellow bloggers, since at the moment I am really into these types of stories. My soon-to-be sister in law and me keep giving each other recommendations and she read this one too. While the story keeps you guessing throughout the whole book, the characters were not my favorite & they did not impress me that much. But what was more important than the characters was the way the author gets right into the story and takes us on a crazy journey of who did what and why.

I was glued to the book from the get go and it only took my 3 (work) days to read because the way its written keeps you completely engaged in the story. For once I didn’t guess what could have possibly happened, and was taken by surprise towards the end when you start finding out these surprises you never thought were going to happen. I definitely recommend this book to you!


“…nobody makes that much money without taking advantage of somebody. It’s much easier to make money if you don’t care who you hurt. If you have scruples, it’s much harder to get rich.”

“He stares at her back and thinks about how much she has changed since the baby was born. It was entirely unexpected. They’d looked forward to the baby so much together–decorating the nursery, shopping for baby things, attending the birth-preparation classes, feeling the baby kick in her tummy. They had been some of the happiest months of his life. It had never occurred to him that it would be hard afterward. He hadn’t seen it coming.”


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