A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Another thrilling domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Not a Happy Family
“The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages.” —People
“I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!” —Sue Grafton
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.
The beginning and the end were good
I’m a pretty avid reader and have never left a review on here, but this book compelled me to do so. I love murder mysteries and was sucked in by the promise of many twists & turns. The beginning was fast-paced and interesting, but then I absolutely lost any interest around page 200. The middle of this book moves at glacial pace. I have never done this in my life, but I ended up skipping ahead to see what happens and then reading a summary to be sure I didn’t miss anything major. It’s one of those where everything is jam-packed into the end. Frustratingly uneven.
I haven’t read a book in a long time and recently found the time to start reading again. I stumbled across this book and became obsessed. Very well written.
Loved this book. A fast mystery I couldn’t seem to put down!