The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena follows Anne and Marco Conti as they are invited to a dinner party at their neighbors house. Their babysitter cancelled, so they decide to take turns checking on the baby every thirty minutes during the dinner party. They also use a baby monitor that they bring with them to the dinner party.
Some time later that night, they arrive home to their baby missing. With everyone lying and keeping secrets, who could have taken the baby? Can anyone be trusted?
I initially picked this book because I’m always on the lookout for a good psychological thriller. I absolutely love the twists and turns they take you on. The unreliable narrative is one of the best tools an author of this genre can use. Some of the best books I’ve ever enjoyed have been in this thrilling genre. This book may not have been the best psychological thriller I’ve read, but man, I really enjoyed it.
“She knows how judgemental mothers are, how good it feels to sit in judgement of someone else.”
My favorite thing about this book is the fact that you can’t trust anyone. Every character you’re introduced to has a secret they’re hiding, and could potentially be the one who took the baby. The characters aren’t all that likeable but, in my opinion, they don’t have to be. The story was thrilling and had me compulsively turning the pages. This was definitely a speedy read.
This book is quick-paced and full of twists and turns. I was excited to see what would happen next and couldn’t wait for the conclusion. The ending wasn’t what I was expecting, and I can gladly say I didn’t see many of the twists coming. I really enjoy when I can’t guess what’s going to happen next in a book. The unreliable narrative in this book is interestingly done and, although not my favorite, was very entertaining and surprising.
“The wife is always the last to know, right?”
Although the story isn’t completely realistic, it’s also not an impossible premise. There are some flaws throughout the story, and may require suspension of belief in order to fully enjoy it. The characters weren’t very well drawn out, and the story focused more on the thrill and mystery. I honestly wish there were more fleshed out characters in this book.
If I were to compare this book to something, it would be like a Lifetime movie, but better. There were some eye-rolling moments and even more nail-biting moments. The momentum of the story helps drive it forward. The mystery behind who took the baby only lasted about half of the book, but the momentum never stopped. There were still plenty more twists and turns remaining after the big reveal.
“It’s much easier to make money if you don’t care who you hurt. If you have scruples, it’s much harder to get rich.”
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast-paced thriller with plenty of twists and turns. As long as you don’t mind suspending your belief a bit, this story is very enjoyable. This book was full of unlikable and lying characters, twists-galore, and plenty of suspense. The story wasn’t the most believable at times, but I honestly enjoyed this book.