The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

eBook - 2016
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How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even--yourself?  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. . . "Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page." --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once 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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Doubleday Canada, 2016
ISBN: 9780385686952
Characteristics: 320 p
Additional Contributors: 3M Company

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Eil_1
Aug 15, 2018

The second book I've read by Lapena - I enjoyed both very much. The intrigue and suspense made it a difficult one to put down.

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clerkgal
Aug 13, 2018

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Everytime I thought that I had it figured it out, it turned out I was wrong. It was an enjoyable read!

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Dreamstime
Aug 07, 2018

Started great building a who-done-it but fell apart as it progressed to the point of becoming silly. Plus I HATED they whiney stupid mother. Have you ever read a book slowly, savoring the wonderful prose and its imagery? This is not one of those books.

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trickbag22
Aug 04, 2018

Average suspense. Characters are pretty wooden and plot is thin. Probably would be a good movie just because it is a very simple plot and the twists in the tale are fairly predictable

loonylovesgood Aug 01, 2018

Highly unrealistic, but a fascinating read nevertheless. I couldn't put it down!

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MrsGentry2011
Jul 26, 2018

Interesting book, lots of twists, I thought the ending a bit cheesy but overall a good quick read.

neyoscribbles Jul 24, 2018

It is a good thing this book was a quick read, because I hate to say it, but I kind of wasted my time with this one. It was very predictable with cliché characters that seemed very one dimensional. I didn’t sympathize with anyone and it felt like the author really tried to sell redeeming qualities for the characters but it just fell flat. Even when you have an inkling as to who had done it and why, it felt like textbook solutions were used to sell their motives. I felt like so many aspects of the investigation could have gone somewhere, but it was stuck in an unending loop. I will say though the very end of the book was an “ooh we might go somewhere with this” moment, although not enough to truly act as a cliffhanger.

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SuzeParker
Jul 14, 2018

I finished this book moments ago. Thank God.

Points to the author for a good premise. There's that. But the writing is jerky and amateurish, the dialogue (and the characters' inner dialogue) unrealistic and repetitive and the characters one-dimensional. The whole, unbelievable scenario disintegrates quickly into implausibility. And then there's the ending... The entire book is pretty much a big eye roll.

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cmich8281
Jul 04, 2018

Quick Read - I couldn't put it down. There were several things I suspected throughout, but definitely a plot twist in the end. And as a previous review states - is Anne for real?

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McAnnieG
Jun 24, 2018

At the half way point the disappearance of Cora is disclosed, only to have that plan change, turning her into a truly kidnapped child.

Figuring out who did what, who set-up-who, why people did what they did - or didn't do, made this a book that I couldn't put down.

The characters are strong and easy to bond with, the plot twists are dramatic cliff-hangers, the cop is one very smart man.

I loved the ending - is Anne for real?

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

Sexual Content: A flirtatious scene

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

Violence: Murder

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

Coarse Language: Cussing

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Nutty
Jun 21, 2017

Nutty thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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jaxsrose
Jul 01, 2018

What the heck was up with that ending?

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

A couple's baby is kidnapped while the parents are at their neighbors' party.

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

"He's very agitated. He wipes his sweaty hands on his pants."

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