Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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?

Paperback, 308 pages
 Published August 23rd 2016 
by Pamela Dorman Books
I try not to let myself get caught up in the hype these days of the suspense thriller type books that seem to be everywhere. I read one and wasn't overly impressed so when new books come out that say 'hey if you read that book you would really enjoy this one'. I found The Couple Next Door  at a thrift shop for a cheap price, it has been sitting on top of my TBR, which I really need to clean out so I grabbed it and started reading.

I had a hard time putting it down, maybe because a missing baby took center stage and my curiosity was peaked as to what happened. I put on my sleuth hat, got the magnifying glasses out and set about looking for clues, seeing how long it would take to unravel this mystery. There are many twists and turns throughout this book, which I found to be very plot driven and will admit that I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Anne would've been the only one that I really felt any empathy for, as a mother I can only imagine what she was going through when her baby mysteriously disappears.

It was a satisfying ending, while I will admit I'm still trying to process the last chapter and not sure how I feel about that one yet. I still have a couple questions that were never resolved. If you're curious about what they are you can check out my Goodreads review where I can use a spoiler button.

All in all a quick and entertaining read that would be perfect for the beach, but be warned once you start it will be hard to put down.

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I remember liking this one quite a bit too. I love a good 'hard to put down' suspenseful read.