Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Couple next door - Shari Lapena - taut debut thriller

My Review

Oh what a tangled web we weave – when first we practise to deceive.

For this masterfully engineered debut novel is ALL about deceptions, untruths, secrets, concealment and lies. If you can’t trust your family, friends and neighbours who can you rely on?

New Mum Anne has the baby blues, what I know as post-natal depression and in this book is called post-partum depression, she feels fat and frumpy and a bit of a failure as a Mother, little wonder she’s not really looking forward to a little dinner party next door with friends and neighbours, Scintillating Cynthia and quiet Graham, but they’re the friendly folk next door, they have no hidden agendas, or do they?

Her handsome husband Marco has a successful business but is he struggling with more than he let’s on about? Anne’s Mom and Dad – seriously wealthy, she can rely on them in a crisis – or can she?

But during the fateful dinner Anne makes an ill-advised decision to leave her babay at home alone, it’s only next door and she takes the baby monitor with her so nothing can go wrong.

But the unthinkable DOES happen, little baby Cora disappears from her cot. Who took her and why, who was responsible for this tragedy and will she ever be returned alive?

Everybody is quick to lay the blame at the grief stricken parents door. And it appears nobody is what they seem to be, when you begin to scratch the surface and multiple hidden layers emerge.

This is a taut plot driven story, fast paced and terrifying. It’s about the lengths to which people will go, to try and put things right after a tragedy, whilst everything around them crumbles.

Its twisty and cunning and full of juicy red herrings. The writing style reminds me very much of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay, so if you enjoy books by these 2 epic thriller writers, add Sahri Lapena to your must read authors.

My gratitude goes to the publishers Transworld who kindly provided me with a free review copy.

The Blurb and accolades (taken from Goodreads)


‘2016’s most talked-about new thriller’ Stylist

‘Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR lingers long after you turn the final page’ HARLAN COBEN

Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing.

You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

'How well do we ever know those around us? THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you'll never guess the truth...until it's too late' LISA GARDNER

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