The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena Review

The Couple Next DoorYou 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?“

The couple next door is a psychological thriller which follows what happens when a couple leave their child asleep in bed whilst they go to a party next door and they come back to find the baby gone.

This was definitely a captivating story and it keeps you enticed and wanting to read more but there are so many twists and turns and it just gets less and less realistic towards the end. The thing with the actual couple next door just seemed ridiculous and thrown in as maybe a bit of a shock factor but I just thought it was stupid.

There wasn’t really much character development and I found myself not being able to connect at all to Anne. Now I really don’t mind if I dislike a main character and I’ve read a few books which I’ve loved but really disliked the main character. However, here it wasn’t that I just disliked Anne, I just couldn’t connect to her at all and had zero sympathy or any feeling towards her. Her Husband Marco was the same and I just felt so disconnected from the family it did sort of ruin it because I’m sure some of the twists might have been better if I had some care for the family.

Also, the ending was rubbish. I wanted something different not like that! It just really didn’t work for me and it just didn’t make logical sense!

This isn’t a bad book in any respect, as said above it kept me captivated and I wanted to keep reading, it was just the writing style and lack of connection to the characters which ruined this for me. It would definitely be a good read to pick if your looking for a quick and easy beach read or if you’re new to thrillers and want to pick one up to try.

Shari Lapena came out with another stand alone thriller this year called “A Stranger in the House” which  I will definitely be picking up in the future.

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