Review: The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena


About the book:

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:

Anne and Marco leave their baby, Cora, in the house while they go to a dinner party next door. They’re using a baby monitor, and they take it in turns to go back and forth to check on her.

At the end of the party, they return home, to find Cora missing…

Oh. My. Goodness. This book. It gripped me from page one, I could not stop turning the pages! I’d heard that Shari Lapena was the Queen of the twists, but I could not have foreseen just how many twists and turns were coming.

I thought I had worked out what was happening, then BAM! another twist! My heart pounded as we experienced the highs and lows of the hunt for Cora.

None of the characters were particularly likeable, but they were all believable, and I had moments of sympathy for most of them throughout the story.

I can’t wait to read another Shari Lapena novel!


This was another of my 20 books of Summer reads.


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