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Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?
People are capable of almost anything. . .
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.
If you are a fan of the mystery/thriller genre, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is sure to provide you with some thrilling chills! The minute I heard of this book, I knew that I had to read it, and I am sure glad that I did. This book is so fast-paced, it will make your head spin. Also, Lapena does a fantastic job developing all of the characters that at some points, the reader is never really sure who the culprit really is. The writing is so descriptive as well, and it makes the events that unfold seem to come alive as you are reading this incredible story.
When a book keeps you up into the wee hours of the night, it is typically because there is so much excitement that you just need to know what happens next. While reading The Couple Next Door, I had a very hard time setting this book down. The events happen quite quickly in this novel, but they are just the right pace for the reader to digest and then move on to the next part of the story. Lapena really knows how to captivate her readers and keep them wanting more.
There are a handful of characters in The Couple Next Door that pop up as possible suspects in the kidnapping of baby Cora. Told in multiple perspectives, the reader gets the opportunity to understand each character and try to figure out if there is a motive for the crime with each of them. Without overwhelming the reader, Lapena develops the characters just enough to give a hint of possibility in almost all of them. One character that gives a lot of insight to the story is detective Rasbach, as he is unraveling the details. Through his thought process, we are steered into all sorts of directions.
Lapena’s writing style really makes the plot so realistic and exciting. One is left wondering how well you actually know the people around you. Just when I thought I had figured out who the kidnapper was, Lapena twisted the story around once more. She seems to love keeping her fans on their toes. The reader will be kept guessing right until the end and it is such a shocking ending that really pulls the whole plot together.
While reviewing a mystery is always quite difficult because so much of the plot can be spoiled, this quick and intense read will be sure to thrill you. This is definitely one of those books that will make you wonder and keep you entertained at the same time. One of my favourite mystery novels of the year, for sure!