The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

Book - 2016
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""I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!"--Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X "Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR lingers long after you turn the final page."--Harlan Coben, #1New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once "Provocative and shocking."--Lisa Gardner, the New York Times bestselling author of Find Her How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even--yourself? People are capable of almost anything. 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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780735221086
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 16, 2018

If this is the author's first effort I give it a C+. The pace of the book is in line with what I imagine a kidnapping experience must be like, periods of high intensity/lots of activity followed by moments of quiet inactivity. All of the characters are awful. It's hard to find a book where not one character has any redeeming qualities. I couldn't even muster the sympathy to feel bad for the mother because - really. In any case, this would make a great movie of the week for Lifetime.

Jun 11, 2018

I liked this book, even if it was a bit slow at times. A lot of twists and unexpected "bad guys" in the plot. Easy to read and I was able to finish it quickly. I wasn't so sure about the ending though because it felt a bit too obvious--a lot of us saw it coming. I think it could've ended in a stronger way with a different ending. But overall, I liked it for this kind of suspense thriller genre.

JenniferG_OshLib May 23, 2018

I seem to be going against the grain with this one. Although I liked the idea, the approach didn't work for me at all. The writing was very repetitive and dull--it felt very amateurish. I also disliked the way the author flip-flopped among characters; she just seemed to constantly repeat herself, but in another character's POV. Not worth it for me but I can see the appeal for some.

May 07, 2018

It isn't easy to write a top notch suspense thriller. There are more moving parts here than in most other genres, and all of them have to mesh perfectly for the book to work. Ms. LaPena has an interesting concept, a multi-layered plot, reveals secrets gradually to keep the reader interested, and develops her main characters beyond the two-dimensional. But this is a debut effort, and she has more growing to do as an author. I think she will continue to get better as she continues to write and look forward to reading her future efforts.

May 05, 2018


Intriguing plot premise which moved the story along quickly. Briefly: A twisted tale of twisted characters. Think 'Fargo' meets 'Girl on a Train' without the brilliance of the first or the competence of the second.

May 04, 2018

Waste of time even as a quick read.

Jan 31, 2018

Reminiscent of Gone Girl / Girl on the Train - but perhaps not as well written. Ending was slightly predictable, but this was a fun quick engaging read. If you want a "beach book" this is more than enough. Don't long for more.

Jan 30, 2018

Works as a novel as well as it would a phone text conversation.

Oops, the previous sentence ran a little long.

Jan 30, 2018

I read this book and wished I had not. So many questions the characters ask themselves during the book, really annoying. Ending was daft.

Jan 23, 2018

While I really liked this book, I'll agree with others on here that it got a little weird at the end. Of the 308 pages, 275 of them were spectacular IMO... 4 out of 5 stars

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Jul 23, 2017

Sexual Content: A flirtatious scene

Jul 23, 2017

Violence: Murder

Jul 23, 2017

Coarse Language: Cussing


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Jul 23, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 21, 2017

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Jul 23, 2017

A couple's baby is kidnapped while the parents are at their neighbors' party.


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Jul 23, 2017

"He's very agitated. He wipes his sweaty hands on his pants."

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