Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Genre: Mystery Thriller
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 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.
Starting off this review, I’d like to point out that this was the first time I ever read a third person narrative in present tense. It took me a good few chapters for my brain to process the style of narration. But in the end, it grew on me. I think I can give another book like this a chance.
In terms of storytelling, I think it was very compelling. I was suspicious of every character after the baby went missing. So, that was a plus for me. My brain requires quite a bit of literary stimulation from time to time. There was a plot twist of sorts in there that wasn’t so shocking but it was executed pretty well. I think it’s a good book to get wrapped up in if you like the tease of mystery thrillers. The characters were explored well enough in my opinion. They elicited feelings of acceptance and annoyance at times. There is more I want to share about what I liked but it’ll spoil it for you. My only hang up was the writing itself felt lazy at times. The story could’ve been told in a more structured and refined way. Overall, a good read and it’s not too long either.
Hope you liked this review. I have another psychological thriller review coming soon so be on the look out for that.