Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena


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.

My Thoughts:

     When Marco suggests that the cancellation of their babysitter shouldn’t end their plans with neighbors, Anne is hesitant.  She really doesn’t feel comfortable leaving their six-month old home alone while they are next door eating dinner.  But with promises of baby monitors and thirty minute check-ins, Marco convinces her that everything will be fine.
     After a few to many glasses of wine and too much flirting with the hostess by Marco, Anne is done.  She heads home for one last check on her baby girl only to find the front door open and baby Cora gone.  Fear and guilt consume the parents instantly-who would do this?
     The Couple Next Door is full of twist and turns and will keep you reading! I read it all in one day because I just had to know what was going on.  The deeper you delve into the lives of those around little Cora the more secrets come out and the more you realize that you cannot trust anyone. Detective Rasbach definitely has his hands full with this group!
     Most of the characters are unlikeable for one reason or another so it was hard for me to root for anyone in this story.  Baby Cora was the only one whom I was really concerned about.  I also felt that somethings were put in to help the story along and then just…forgotten.  I don’t like that but it was more an annoyance than it was a story ruin-er.  This was, for the most part, a good thriller that will keep you guessing and reading!
*This was my September Book of the Month Club selection.

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