The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena @sharilapena


Book Description:

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?

My Thoughts:

What a wonderfully dark and twisted read this was!

I have to admit I’m not quite sure what I was expecting after reading the blurb but the author delivered way more than I could have possibly imagined. It’s actually going to be hard to know what to say without giving any spoilers away as the story line went off in a direction I never envisioned.

Anne and Marco could be any couple. I didn’t really agree with leaving such a young baby in the house on their own but then they were only in their next door neighbours garden and they did have the baby monitor with them. Even though still not right, I could feel for Anna who hadn’t wanted to leave her daughter and against her better judgement had gone along with her husbands idea, it is certainly one of those things that with hindsight, you would never have done it.

Right from this point there was so many questions going through my head as to the who and why. All I can say is that from that point onward’s, the author took me on a roller coaster of a ride with lots of thrilling shocks and revelations.

I loved the detective that was working on the case. So calm and collective and you can tell he has had a lot of experience in his working life in the way he was thinking and trying to get to the bottom of things. He reminded me a bit of the wonderful Columbo apart from everyone takes this one seriously.

The Couple Next Door was a great read that any fan of psychological thrillers will enjoy. From picking it up, I struggled to put it down as I needed to know whether parents and baby would be reunited. Whilst the first half or so of the book sets everything up nicely the second half just seemed to be a whirl wind read of twists and turn. Really enjoyed it.

The Couple Next Door is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

12 thoughts on “The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena @sharilapena”

  1. Really have to get this-I used to take pictures of it in our local book shop when it first came out, and even took it out from the library once, only to put it back unread because other books got there first! Thanks for the reminder and great post!

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  2. I’ve seen this book so much, but I haven’t gotten to read it yet. I can see how leaving a baby in the house next door, with a monitor, would sort of seem okay and it’s a perfect example of that uneasy feeling you get when you agree to something that isn’t quite how you would do things. A great way to get a story going!

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