Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

11 June, 2018 / 0 Comments

This book is filled with twists and turns and I really enjoyed that part of it.  I love it when books surprise me and this book did just that.  However, throughout the majority of the book, I wasn’t all that impressed.  While I was reading, I was into it and wrapped up in the story waiting to see what was going to happen next, but when I set the book down there wasn’t much incentive to pick it back up.  It was an interesting dynamic, my feelings toward this book.  Captivated while reading, but not really caring to go back to it after I set it down.  It definitely didn’t call to me and it took me quite a while to finish the book as a result.

It is very easy to sympathize with Anne, even though she does have her own issues.  How could you not feel for her?  She’s already suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) and then her baby is kidnapped?  How awful!

It felt to me like the author was laying down the foundation for Anne’s PPD too thick.  She had complications giving birth and a colicky baby?  Okay, yes, of course both can happen.  However, you can have a completely perfect birthing experience and an extremely calm baby, or any combination of good or bad experiences, and still have PPD. In fact, it happens all the time.  More often than most people think because people don’t talk about it.  It’s frowned upon by some and that’s why mothers with “no excuses” for the condition feel like they need to hide it or else face judgement.  My point is that I wish Anne’s experiences would have been written differently instead of everything going wrong and that’s why she had PPD.

Overall, this book was decent.  I did enjoy it for the most part, even though I didn’t feel that pull toward it.

Best Aspect: Characters/Story
Worst Aspect: Captivity

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About the book

My Copy: Paperback, 308 pages
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Source: Borrowed

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.

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