The Couple Next Door Shari Lapena

cover84277-medium.png Pub: Transworld

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone. You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit? “How well do we ever know those around us?

Anne and Marco Conti, have been let down by their babysitter, cancelling at the last minute to look after baby Cora so Anne and Marco could attend a dinner party next door.

Thinking that it would be ok to leave her alone, well they had the baby monitor and they agreed to pop back every half hour to check on her…. what could possibly go wrong?

What happens next, is the most twisty, twistiest tale I have read. I was torn between thinking this is so far-fetched, and this could really happen.

As secrets are revealed and family betrayals are divulged, poor Anne’s state of mind is taken beyond the realms of insanity. Who can she trust, and can she even trust herself???

This book makes the readers heart race. It is a tight and stylish psychological tale that starts and ends with a WTF. (what the heck)

It is a good debut novel and I think Shari has done well to capture the emotional state of Anne and Marco, as a reader I was completely in tune with the couple. My only niggle is that I have said it did seem a bit far-fetched and this put a bit of a dampener on it for me, although the infamous Madeleine McCann disappearance kept popping into my head whilst I was reading, this book has no bearing with that particular case.

However, it is just a work of fiction and The Couple Next Door is a tale I am happy to recommend.




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