Book Review: The Couple Next Door

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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?

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Hello and welcome back to another review,  I have now joined Netgalley.  It is all new to me so I feel lost haha, maybe you can all help me a bit here and comment below…..

Anyway I was browsing in Waterstones and came across this book. Since reading The girl on the train I have been really interested in reading more fiction-thriller books.  I stumbled across this book and it was very intriguing.
I don’t always read reviews online and thought I would have a browse on Goodreads….. Not a good idea, most of the reviews on this book were quite negative, especially when it came to the ending, however I loved it.

The common thoughts were that this book had a lot of twists and turns and that the ending just did not seem right, I won’t completely disagree with the ending part, it did come as a little shock however I had a small idea something like that was going to happen- especially as the characters stories were explained.

 I quite liked the book and found it very interesting.  Each character had their own secrets, they were not all spilled at once.  The author gave me insight into each characters life and ended each chapter with a reveal.  Perhaps the ending was a bit rushed.  But it didn’t make me hate the book.

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I found all the secrets very interesting, a very good thriller that kept me turning the pages.  Each plot, twist was well planned and I felt the book had very good structure throughout.  There were constant changes that made me lie awake at night thinking who did it? And why?
That’s what we want from these books right…..

Anne the mother of Cora who was kidnapped is emotional throughout the story.  Mental health was a feature throughout the book, and it brings to light the issues women struggle with when going through Postpartum/ Post natal depression.
I really felt sorry for her, losing her baby, blaming herself and withdrawing from her husband and outside world.  However as I read further into the book I started to question if she ever trusted her husband before the night of the kidnapping because she never really asked him for help, or told him anything about her depression before having the baby.

Marco the father comes across strong on the surface for Anne,  however I felt throughout the book he battled to constantly get the approval of his in-laws, which after a while became a constant theme, over and over again.
Anne’s parents not only helped Marco set up his business but also helped them buy the house.  It’s as if he lives in Anne’s shadow.

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I don’t think this story is far off what would happen in real life, especially when it comes to the media, they would rip people apart with their words.  I feel the author got this section spot on.  However I feel more chapters on the detectives and the investigation would have been interesting.

If you want a light crime/thriller book then this would be good for you, it doesn’t focus on forensics  or the detectives, much but it was a great read.
Very different from the romance books I read, I have found a new genre of books everyone.

Please tell me your thoughts below if you have read the book.  Please follow to see what’s next on Hannah’s Beautiful Fantasy.



About the author

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two award-winning literary novels, and her suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, was a New York Times and an international bestseller. A Stranger in the House is her second thriller

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