The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door

By Shari Lapena

  • Release Date: 2016-08-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 5,073 Ratings



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The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages. People

Provocative and shocking.” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

“I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline.  The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!” —Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X

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 lands 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.


  • Waste of time

    By agirlwithnames
    Not worth the read tbh, wish I could get my money back
  • I recommend!

    By BabsReads
    A little slow in the middle, but loved the twists it took! I recommend reading!
  • Page-Turner

    By Unshaykable
    Couldn’t put it down.
  • Page turner

    By hegw919
    Read it in one night. Amazing
  • Her best!

    By NurseReader
    Her best book, very entertaining, lots of twists. Read on one sitting.
  • A Gripping Novel

    By Hermit189
    This is an intense page turner with twists upon twists Read it; enjoy the ride.
  • The beginning & end were good

    By lucky_in_lasvegas
    The beginning started off good. It was a good story. But the middle just dragged on and on. Did she do it? Did he do it? Did this person do it? And so on and so on.... About 2 thirds of the way through the book I finally realized who it had to be and I turned out to be right. The last few chapters of the book were great! Strong finish. Just wish the middle would have been a little more interesting. Not a book I would read again.
  • Wowza

    By Rmqz27
    So many unexpected twists!!!
  • Good Story...Poor Writing

    By *til death do us part*
    I can’t believe agents and publishers passed over hundreds of submissions for this. Flat characters, predictable storyline, and incredibly POOR writing. This began alright and the plot was intriguing at first—intriguing enough for me to overlook the writing. But then it just took a turn for the worst. Unnecessary and totally ridiculous twists and turns, no development, and really STUPID characters. This book feels like a high schooler wrote it for fun and ended up scoring a publisher by chance. Just awful, awful, beginner level writing that ruined what could have been a really good book. Total waste of money. Period.
  • The best book I’ve read in a very long time!!

    By jpcreamer
    One of the best books I’ve read in so long! I finished it in 3 days. She is such an amazing writer. The story line literally twists and turns every chapter.