The Couple Next DoorShari Lapena

The Couple Next Door

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena Book Summary


Shari Lapena’s new thriller, AN UNWANTED GUEST, is available now!

“The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages.” —People

“Provocative and shocking.” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

“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

It all started at a dinner party. . .

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 lands 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.

The Couple Next Door (Shari Lapena) Book Reviews

So GoodI couldn’t put this book down, finished it in a weekend. Such a good read..Score: 5/5

Loved itWas my first book of hers. this particular week i had read 3 books prior to this one all written in first person, so her third person narrative threw me off initially. nonetheless, full of twists & i thoroughly enjoyed it. i actually couldn’t predict whodunnit!.Score: 5/5

GoodGood book. I like that the story is told from all different POV’s..Score: 4/5

Great readHad me hooked the entire time.Score: 5/5

A Gripping NovelThis is an intense page turner with twists upon twists Read it; enjoy the ride..Score: 5/5

Does not disappoint!Just when you think you have it figured out, this book surprises you. The many twists and turns makes it impossible to not finish the book in one setting!.Score: 5/5

Loved ItI have all her books even down to the newest one I’m amazed about how she brings these to life and what also amazes me is outstanding plots I’m just going say I was taking away.Score: 5/5

The ending???The book was great.. couldn’t put it down. But the ending was terrible. You can’t just end a book like that lol I need to know what happens next..Score: 4/5

Good bookGood book.Score: 5/5

Ponderingly BadStarts with real promise and then meanders.Score: 2/5

ExcellentThis is the type of book you don’t want to put down, it could really be a lifetime movie..Score: 5/5

Her best!Her best book, very entertaining, lots of twists. Read on one sitting..Score: 5/5

Amazing read!Great book! I could not put it down, so many twists & turns left me captivated..Score: 5/5

Lots of twistsQuick moving, well-written, keeps your interest right to the last page..Score: 5/5

AmazingI loved the plot twist.Score: 5/5

Good quick readThis book has a lot of interesting parts. As the story unravels, you are kind of told what will happen, but in a way keeps you guessing. The very end was unexpected..Score: 4/5

Not worth itAt all.Score: 1/5

It’s really a triangle.Characters are limited and although the book has basically 4.5 of them that are introduced, they are not developed and very stereotypical. Subject matter and plots are dabbled and left hanging. There’s a lot of make up explaining when characters are connected or unpacked later in the novel, as if connection and closure are an afterthought..Score: 2/5

RidiculousSomething a child might write.Score: 1/5

Sooo good!I read this book in 2 days!!! Loved it.Score: 5/5

The couple next DoorAwesome read! Right amount of twists and turns to keep the pages flipping!.Score: 5/5

Good suspenseful, surprising ,luring readVery good,suspenseful,surprising read.It will have you not wanting to stop.With a suspenseful,surprising outcome over and over as the chapters finish.Score: 5/5

Jaw droppingWow this book had me on edge, so many twist and turns . literally amazing , loved the suspense , kept me guessing only took me two days to read it , i was sooooooo invested !!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!!!This book so extremely suspenseful, there’s not a time that there isn’t a plot twist. Im VERY pleased with this purchase, I finished the book within two days from not wanting to stop reading!! 100% recommend..Score: 5/5

Good enough...It’s suspenseful and quite a page turner... ending is a bit strange but worth the read if you have time to kill!.Score: 3/5

I recommend!A little slow in the middle, but loved the twists it took! I recommend reading!.Score: 4/5

The ending!Wow! This book was fairly short, however some parts of it (especially in the beginning) were dragged out. About halfway through, once I’d figured out who done it, I was ready to put the book down because I thought it was going to be so predictable. Though when I kept reading, there was twist after twist and a complete climax at the ending. I hope there’s a second book because these characters are pretty interesting in itself. Highly recommend if you like a good thriller..Score: 5/5

The Couple Next DoorThis was the first Shari Lapena book I had ever read & it won’t be the last!! Loved the twists and turns and really loved the ending. 👍 Nevreader.Score: 4/5

ReviewAwesome.Score: 5/5

Decent but disappointing?Plot was intriguing and kept me from wanting to put the book down. Writing style was easy to follow. The ending was rather disappointing. I’m all for an ending that leaves you guessing, but this one just felt poorly done..Score: 4/5

Devoured this book!The twists kept me engaged and wanting to know what’s next. It’s a good read!.Score: 5/5

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!So, I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but I once I started reading I couldn’t stop flipping the pages! The book grabs you at the beginning making you want to keep reading && THE ENDING!!!!!! Omg........ I felt it coming in the last chapter, but I didn’t think like.... omg ! Love LOVE LOVE IT!! Definitely one of my new favorite authors! This is the first book I’ve read from Ms. Lapena and I am not disappointed!!❤️❤️❤️.Score: 5/5

The beginning & end were goodThe beginning started off good. It was a good story. But the middle just dragged on and on. Did she do it? Did he do it? Did this person do it? And so on and so on.... About 2 thirds of the way through the book I finally realized who it had to be and I turned out to be right. The last few chapters of the book were great! Strong finish. Just wish the middle would have been a little more interesting. Not a book I would read again..Score: 3/5

Page-TurnerCouldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

WowzaSo many unexpected twists!!!.Score: 5/5

Not as good as expectedI didn’t find the writing too interesting. Everything was predictable..Score: 2/5

TantalizingKeeps you hooked from the very beginning!.Score: 4/5

Page turnerRead it in one night. Amazing.Score: 5/5

Not a FanI had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it just dragged on and on. The storyline got so messy and unattractive. It became quite annoying to read. I was over it less than halfway through. However, I finished the book, hoping that it would get did not..Score: 1/5

Definitely recommendGreat thriller! You really don’t know what’s coming next!.Score: 5/5

Waste of timeNot worth the read tbh, wish I could get my money back.Score: 2/5

Good Story...Poor WritingI can’t believe agents and publishers passed over hundreds of submissions for this. Flat characters, predictable storyline, and incredibly POOR writing. This began alright and the plot was intriguing at first—intriguing enough for me to overlook the writing. But then it just took a turn for the worst. Unnecessary and totally ridiculous twists and turns, no development, and really STUPID characters. This book feels like a high schooler wrote it for fun and ended up scoring a publisher by chance. Just awful, awful, beginner level writing that ruined what could have been a really good book. Total waste of money. Period..Score: 2/5

Loved!This book was a great read very thrilling and kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more!.Score: 5/5

Don’t bother.Very predictable. Poor writing..Score: 1/5

Not worth itAs good as this book could have been, it did not get there. Poor character development. An odd switching of narrator, that made no sense. Also, the where was never addressed, just a nameless city..Score: 1/5

Shari LaPena Keeps the Story MovingFirst off, this is a gripping and tense and enjoyable mystery. As I found in “Someone We Know,” another book by Ms. LaPena, the author sacrifices long descriptions of settings in order to keep the action moving. So much happens in a Shari LaPena book! I mean it! So much unfolds between the characters—enough to fill two books—because ‘a trip to the police station’ is written as “…a trip to the police station.” Boom. You’re there. What does it look like, or how is the character’s emotional life reflected in the way the police station is described? Don’t bother: you’re there; get on with it. Your head will spin! But you’ll look for every opportunity to read and find out what happens next. I’m sandwiching one of LaPena’s books between every other book I read until I’ve read them all. You will too, I think..Score: 5/5

Couple next doorFast read, not a terribly creative plot.Score: 3/5

Page TurnerDefinitely great plot twists!!.Score: 5/5

The best book I’ve read in a very long time!!One of the best books I’ve read in so long! I finished it in 3 days. She is such an amazing writer. The story line literally twists and turns every chapter..Score: 5/5

UghhhhhWas a bit let down by the ending 4/5.Score: 4/5

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