The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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...it attempts to be a procedural. Trouble is, good procedural mysteries involve well-developed characters and a good deal of atmospheric detail to keep readers engaged with and tied to the action. Without those things, this book feels slim.
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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, #1 New 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.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Shari Lapena

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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"The Couple Next Door"is her suspense debut.
 
Published August 23, 2016 by Pamela Dorman Books. 313 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jun 01 2016

Anne’s wealthy mother and stepfather seem a too-obvious plot device, and they are, while her issues with the very real problem of postpartum depression are merely glossed over or trotted out during faux-fiery monologues. It’s difficult to drum up sympathy for this missing child, swaddled as she is in such a dull and harmless plot.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 14 2016

The tension grows as the united front that Anne and Marco have presented crumbles. After numerous twists and turns, just when everything appears to be resolved, Lapena delivers one final, deftly crafted surprise.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Bethanne Patrick on Aug 25 2016

...it attempts to be a procedural. Trouble is, good procedural mysteries involve well-developed characters and a good deal of atmospheric detail to keep readers engaged with and tied to the action. Without those things, this book feels slim.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill on Aug 22 2016

Twists are subtly revealed with aplomb, taking the story to increasingly unpredictable levels. Lapena delves deep to show how the stress of Cora's disappearance affects the story's characters, from the Contis to Anne's parents to even the detectives.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Jul 19 2016

Without giving anything away, the big reveal feels like a bit of a letdown. Although I continued at a breakneck pace to the end, keen to see if Lapena would recover the tension she’d built up so well, it never quite recovered.

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