Monday 23 January 2023

Book Review | The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | prettylittlewriter

‘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.’

This was gripping from start to finish. I read it in two days, hours really as for half the days I was working, and I just couldn’t put it down!

My first Shari Lapena novel, I’d heard great things about her books so I picked this one up with high hopes and I certainly wasn’t disappointed!

I really felt for Anne, suffering from post-partum depression to start with, and then having her baby taken away and having to deal with that really would have sent anyone over the edge into a breakdown. I hated that Marco was flirting with her neighbour all night too, it really pissed me off as flirtation in general is one thing, but to do it in front of your other half, is just cruel.

So when we get into the story, and we find out that it wasn’t just a bit of flirting, I wasn’t surprised.

I also wasn’t surprised when we found out what Marco had done.

What I was surprised by, was how the story ended. I wasn’t expecting that at all. Well, there were two aspects I wasn’t expecting. The person who orchestrated the entire kidnapping plan, and the murder that took place after.

Shari really knows how to pull you in and throw in some absolute shock factor content!

I won’t say anything else as I wouldn’t want this review to have any real spoilers, all I will say, is that if you love a crime novel, then definitely read this!

5/5 stars

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