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“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 lands 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
While at their neighbors’ house for a boozy dinner, suburban couple Anne and Marco leave their six-month-old with the baby monitor on. They return to find their daughter gone—a living nightmare that sets off a chain reaction of shocking betrayals. Shari Lapena’s debut thriller is a methodical, nerve-wracking examination of motherhood’s hardships and the vulnerability inherent in every marriage. A frighteningly relatable psychological thriller full of clever twists, The Couple Next Door is what to read after The Girl on the Train.
At the start of Lapena's suspenseful, heart-wrenching debut, set in upstate New York, Anne and Marco Conti come home from a party at their neighbors' house to find their front door open and their infant daughter Cora's crib empty. They left Cora alone after the sitter cancelled at the last minute. Not a shred of evidence indicates that anyone entered the house after the Contis left for the party, though the police detectives on the case, Rasbach and Jennings, discover that the motion detector on the back door was disabled, the Contis' garage door was left open, and tire tracks, not from the Contis' car, were in the garage. Could the couple be covering up a kidnapping? Rasbach and Jennings suspect that they're withholding something, but they sense the Contis' anguish is legitimate. The tension grows as the united front that Anne and Marco have presented crumbles. After numerous twists and turns, just when everything appears to be resolved, Lapena delivers one final, deftly crafted surprise.
Customer ReviewsSee All
was a bit let down by the ending 4/5
It’s really a triangle.
Characters are limited and although the book has basically 4.5 of them that are introduced, they are not developed and very stereotypical. Subject matter and plots are dabbled and left hanging. There’s a lot of make up explaining when characters are connected or unpacked later in the novel, as if connection and closure are an afterthought.
Starts with real promise and then meanders