Book Reviews of The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door
The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
ISBN-13: 9780735221086
ISBN-10: 0735221081
Publication Date: 8/23/2016
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 53 ratings
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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It started with the kidnapping of her baby.
Oh No I thought, another kidnapping story!
Reluctantly I figured I'd give it a try.

She came from wealth and depended on her mother and stepfather for money. They didn't like the man she married, felt he was not good enough for her. Then they had a beautiful baby girl and they fell in love with their only granddaughter. The parents bought them a gorgeous home in a prestige area, funded the husband's new business and more.

I was then taken on a journey of nail biting suspense, betrayals, and so many twists and turns I couldn't keep up with them. I couldn't sleep until I read it to the end.

SPOILER
I didn't particularly like the ending. The husband got away with his role in the kidnapping and given immunity. WHY? Never should have happened!!! He should have paid the consequences.

Excellent book.
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Now this is how a missing child story is done! The Couple Next Door is a riveting, well thought out thriller I struggled to put down! I loved it!

The pacing is excellent. And the groundwork for each twist and reveal is so well laid, it kept me guessing about what really happened with the baby right up until the end, even though some of my guesses, especially about the husband Marco, were spot on. And that's hard to do!

Bottom line, you don't find this level of competence in most commercial mysteries and thrillers. For a debut thriller writer, Shari Lapena knocks it out of the park with a showcase of superb plotting and narrative skill that strikes the perfect balance. The ending scene is sufficiently chilling...and brilliantly set up as the ultimate Chekhov's gun going off!

Bravo!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Can't wait to read her next book! A+
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Great plot with lots of twists and a surprise ending besides.
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Anne & Marco Conti are a happy couple. They have a new baby, Cora, and seem to be a very happy couple.
They are attending a dinner party next door, with Cynthia & Graham Stillwell. They don't have Cora with them, as Cynthia had insisted that it was "adults only". Unfortunately, Anne & Marco have left the baby alone in the house, as the babysitter had called and cancelled.
Anne & Marco are going over to the house every half hour to check on Cora. When Anne goes to check on the baby at 1:00 am, the baby is not in her crib.
The police are called and we are then taken through the next days on a rollercoaster of guilt and backstabbing, etc. This is a great thrill ride with all of the suspects involved in the kidnapping of Cora.
Very interesting, never boring, infinitely changing your feelings about every character in the novel.
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Ugh. I like a psychological thriller, but this was just stupid. It started out with some promise, but it quickly deteriorated. The plot was just over-the-top contrived, and the writing was that of a high school literary student. On the plus side, it was quick to read. Now on to something (hopefully) better.
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Anne and her husband Marco are at a dinner party with the couple who live in the townhouse next door to theirs, when a parents' worst nightmare comes true: their baby Cora is kidnapped from her crib. Marco and Anne are not exactly nominees for parents of the year, as they left the child alone in their home, but they may have made the long list, as they brought a baby monitor to the party and took turns checking on her every half hour.

The detective in charge of the investigation (whose name I cannot remember because he was so one-dimensional) is immediately suspicious of the parents, particularly the father. The parents' stories and the circumstances of the crime don't seem to jive. As the story unfolds, there are twists upon twists upon twists.

Four stars apparently means that I liked this book. I did not like it, because all the characters were despicable, but I read it in one day. I wanted to see what happened. The character of Anne is fleshed out and her husband's is somewhat, but the rest of the cast is not described in much detail (other than what the women are wearing). This book is definitely heavy on plot and dialogue versus characterization. I wouldn't say that this book is an enjoyable read or particularly well-written, but the story is clever and the twists are engaging.

Thanks to Amazon and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Wow! This is a really intense thriller with a twisty plot and some malevolent characters! Hard to put down!
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Very suspenseful and definitely kept me reading until I got to the end. Could not put it down. The writer lacked character development which led to some flaws and none of the characters was particularly likeable. I also felt like I figured out the "who done it" early on. But the last two pages - a creepy surprise.
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It started with the kidnapping of her baby.
Oh No I thought, another kidnapping story!
Reluctantly I figured I'd give it a try.

She came from wealth and depended on her mother and stepfather for money. They didn't like the man she married, felt he was not good enough for her. Then they had a beautiful baby girl and they fell in love with their only granddaughter. The parents bought them a gorgeous home in a prestige area, funded the husband's new business and more.

I was then taken on a journey of nail biting suspense, betrayals, and so many twists and turns I couldn't keep up with them. I couldn't sleep until I read it to the end.

SPOILER
I didn't particularly like the ending. The husband got away with his role in the kidnapping and given immunity. WHY? Never should have happened!!! He should have paid the consequences.

Excellent book.
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As a debut, I thought it was great. Worthy of reading, but not the best psychological thriller. A page turner, for the most part...but, didn't hold my attention to the end.
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This is the first book by Shari Lapena that I have read and I'll be reading another. I read this with a friend and we both thought at the beginning that the story could go lots of different predictable ways that would be a bit disheartening. As new things would come to light I could see each of these predictable plots playing out. And as a matter of fact, they all did happen but the way that Lapena wrapped them together made it a unique story to read. I was enraged at the characters many times because of their choices - I just couldn't figure out why they would do the things they did - but really that just added to the story line. And then the ending happened... and all I can say is what the???? Where's the sequel?
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I agree with Junie's review in that it was a lousy ending, pretty lame. But then, I almost quit listening a few times due to its tedium. Blah blah blah, a lot of repetition of what had happened and what was going on. An entire book of unlikable characters. I ended up not caring if they ever got their baby back or not.
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I loved this book! Lots of suspense, twists and turns. It kept me guessing.
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Halfway through this novel, I was contemplating a five-star rating, and wondering what all the negative reviews were talking about. I really liked the way the author developed her intriguing -- and frightening -- premise, and alternating between the points-of-view of the frantic parents and the chief investigating detective was very effective in emphasizing how no one sees the same thing in quite the same way. (Just for example, the mother who see herself as fat, unattractive, with greasy hair, is described by the detective as a lovely young woman with glossy brown hair. This goes further than any author exposition to make the mother's post-baby blues real and relatable. I even liked the cool, slightly stand-offish tone -- it was a nice counterpoint to the emotional currents of the missing baby.

But ... but ... but ... after the halfway mark, everything goes very, very wrong. I'm not sure that Lapena does anything very different, but perhaps her plot just requires her characters to behave more stupidly. The "big twist" was pretty obvious, and yes, to echo other reviews, the ending was pure melodrama. Very disappointing.