Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

C80Sy5EW0AAW7RW.jpg largeAnne and husband Marco Contis are asked to their next door neighbors, Cynthia and husband Graham Stillwell for a dinner party. No babies allowed, so Anne hires a babysitter, who cancels at the last moment. On Marco’s suggestion, they take the baby monitor and take turns checking on the baby every half hour. When Anne and Marco left the party, they find the front door partly open…but she had locked it! Anne races up the stairs to the nursery…and now a parent’s worst nightmare –the baby was gone!
The story then follows many lies, betrayals and cover ups.

The first 75% of the book was terrific–lots of twists and turns, well-paced, interesting character development and relationships, I was eager to return to my book every time I was away from it. Most thrillers save the big reveal for the end, although in this book, you find out who kidnapped the baby halfway through the book–so you get to watch everyone scramble and unravel from there on out. Towards the end, things get a little messy, however, and there were a few too many convenient connections to make it as satisfying as it should have been.

Still, I would say this was a fast-moving intense read that has a bit of everything…including evil.

Buy this book on Amazon!

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