The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena Book Review

I kept seeing this book on the bestsellers shelves in various stores, and after seeing it on a ‘Richard & Judy Best of the Year’ list, as well as The Sunday Times overall bestselling novel of 2017, I was convinced to give it a go.

The short blurb sounded very intriguing where not much is given away, simply setting the scene perfectly. In a nutshell, a couple go next door for a dinner party and leave their six-month old baby at home, checking on her every half hour, and then suddenly after midnight, the baby has vanished. The added line, ‘What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?’ was the icing on the cake, and the short and simple, yet effective summary made me excited before I’d even turned a page.

What initially unfurls is a story of suspense, with the twists and turns being peeled back at a steady tempo as the plot thickens. But I felt that as the story wore on it became a little predictable and a little more far-fetched as the answers unfolded, and by the end I was left a little disappointed at the rushed way it all came together.

The Couple Next Door has had excellent press coverage, including praise from fellow big named authors and magazines citing its brilliance, and the overall reviews on amazon are very positive. At first it’s a real page turner, and there is an underlying suspense that carries on right to the wire, pretty much until the final words that does leave a thought provoking finale.

I think the fact that this is the bestselling novel of 2017 is a little bemusing, and there’s a part of me that struggles to understand why the title is called, The Couple Next Door, but I’d still recommend this book to a friend. It’s easy to read and the intrigue element of the overall plot means the reader will fly through it in no time at all.

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