The Couple Next Door By Shari Lepena Book Review #21

I’m glad I finally got round to reading The Couple Next Door. It’s been on my list for a while and everyone who has read it said it was excellent. They weren’t wrong!

The Couple Next Door

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

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

I started this Saturday night and only managed a few pages before I fell asleep. I picked it up again Sunday morning and apart from a couple of hours out for lunch, I didn’t put it down all day! I finished it Sunday night.

Marco and Anne have a six-month-old daughter who the leave home alone while they go to a dinner party next door. Anne doesn’t want to go but Marco persuades it will be ok because they have the baby monitor and they’ll check on her every half hour.

After spending the evening watching her gorgeous neighbour flirting with her husband and feeling fat and frumpy after her pregnancy, Anne just wants to go home.

She finally gets Marco to leave but when they get to their front door they find it open. They go straight upstairs and find the cot empty.

I liked that we didn’t have to wait until the end of the book to find out who the kidnapper was but even after finding out, it wasn’t plain sailing until the end. The twists and turns kept the suspense up until the end.

I’m now on the lookout for A Stranger In The House. I can’t wait to read it 🙂

The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena

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  1. Catherine @ Story Snug 31st May 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve seen lots of great reviews of this book. I’m not comfortable with the kidnapping aspect so I’m not sure whether it would be a book that I would enjoy.


  2. Kate 31st May 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Ooh I’ve read this one, I’ll definitely keep an eye out for her other book! #readwithme

  3. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 31st May 2018 at 1:48 pm

    This is on my TBR list, glad to read that you think it is a worthwhile book! #readwithme

  4. mumjd 28th May 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Gosh. Makes me think of Madeleine McCann. Another book for my list #readwithme

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