The Couple Next Door by Shari LapenaIt 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 theyve 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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Having organised to join their neighbours for dinner their babysitter cancels. After much debate they decide to put Cora to bed, take the monitor next door with them and check on their daughter, who is after all just next door, every half hour. However between their last check at We are then drawn into the utter terror that must be a nightmare and fear for all parents. The initial question is who on earth would steal their child, the second question is why? Then we start to learn of the secrets they may have been keeping.
How many first-time mothers feel the shock of childbirth has rocked their world to its foundations? How many get the baby blues, or worse, post-natal depression? An adorable baby girl, now six months old? Anne Conti, the mother of little Cora, is vulnerable and afraid. But against her will, Marco persuades her to join the party. After all, they will be in the house next door. Only yards away from Cora, and they have a baby monitor….
Published last August, I spotted it on the shelves of many book stores so I was intrigued as to what it was all about. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. Your daughter was asleep when you checked her last. But now as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. Anne, born into wealth, falls in love with Marco.
I thought it was going to be a mystery novel like something out of Agatha Christie with Hercule Poirot. Let me tell you, Detective Rasbach is no Poirot. Lapena sets up the scene immediately, right out the gate. I feel like the first few pages are incredibly overwhelming with their direct-action scenes. The main character is drinking.