When the babysitter cancels, Anne and Marco Conti decide not to let it get in the way of their plans. Surely, they will be just next door and will check on their baby every half hour and everything will be fine. But when they return home for the night and find their baby missing, they realize they couldn’t have been more wrong.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena was filled with all sorts of chilling twists and dark secrets. It is undeniably one of those books that you just can’t put down. I hardly took the time to try and guess who took the baby and why, because I was so enthralled in what would happen next.
Anne, the mother, suffers with post-partum depression and a history that leads her to believe she can’t trust her own memories. Marco, the father, was the last one to check in on the baby and is keeping some secrets of his own. Then you have to factor in the wealthy parents who have never liked Marco, and the couple next door whose home they were at when their baby was taken. Everyone's a suspect, making Detective Rasbach’s job in finding baby Cora extremely difficult.
The story is told by a third-person omniscient narrator giving the reader a deeper insight into the despair and frustration of Anne and the desperation of Marco - making the guessing game of “who did it?” even more difficult.
This isn’t a book with great depth or character development, and that’s okay. This domestic thriller is exciting, engaging, and just plain fun to read. If you are in a reading slump, or just in the mood for an unputdownable read - this one is for you. The Couple Next Door had me gasping and grabbing my boyfriend’s arm (much to his annoyance) the whole way through. I’m really looking forward to reading what Lapena puts out next.
You can find The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena in stores on August 23, 2016.
*Thank you to Penguin/Pamela Dorman Books and netGalley for this advanced copy in exhange for my honest review.*