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The Couple Next Door

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  108,200 Ratings  ·  10,815 Reviews
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
Audio CD, 308 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published July 14th 2016)
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Lola  Reviewer
A baby is kidnapped while the parents are next door.

Mayhem ensues.

It’s a captivating story, I’ll admit. At first, at least. Then, it becomes too convoluted to keep its realisticity.

So the story isn’t bad per se. If you don’t mind crazy, nefarious scenarios with outcomes that lead to more crazy, nefarious scenarios, you might just love this.

I couldn’t.

I couldn’t because it didn’t sound right to me. Especially not the ending. What a stupid one. The character would never have done such a thing. N
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

It's 3am....I just finish reading this -'sleep-killer'-story....
My final HONEST REACTION?.......
**HYSTERICAL**!!!! SO MUCH FUN!!!!! I could roll on the floor laughing right now....

Really...I'm not sure if I'm laughing at myself - or the story - or both!

A few random thoughts - as you know I'm not going to give anything away:
......This is a question for my women friends: When you are str
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

A swanky rich couple have a six month old baby. The babysitter cancels at the last minute, buuuutt the husband really wants to go to that dinner party next door with the hottie neighbor. He convinces the wife Anne that it will be just fine to leave the baby by herself and check on her every thirty minutes.

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They return home to find the baby is now missing.

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Then all the secrets...gotta have secrets. Mom is struggling with post-partum depression. Could she have done something to the baby
THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is an outstanding debut psychological thriller novel from author Shari Lapena, and one of the best reads I have read this year! This novel, a child-abduction case, races along at an amazing speed, full of twists and turns, totally gripping the reader for the suspense ride from beginning to end. I kept flipping the pages as I had to know what had happened. I loved it!

“They left their six-month-old baby (Cora) home alone and went to a party next door.”

But with the monitor on
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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I still haven't listened to very many audiobooks. While I prefer to read on my e-reader or read a book, I really do like having the option to listen to an audiobook now and then. It's a nice change and I can close my eyes (as long as I'm not driving). But I don't close my eyes often as usually it doesn't matter how exciting the audiobook is, I could very well fall asleep.

However, I didn't have that problem with this one. I w
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

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 audiobook every time I was away from it. I also loved that contrary to most thrillers that save the big reveal for the end, 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. I liked it so much that I was mentally composing my 4-star revi
Wow . . . what was that ending?! OK, let me back up.

There's no denying that this is a compulsive page-turner. At the heart of the story is a frenzied pulse running rampant and it’s addicting. Ending chapters with shocking revelations, casting doubt and making me waver on my belief of who was behind it all, time and time again, was pure magic. I read this book over the course of one day, simply because I couldn’t bear to put it down. I had to know who took baby Cora and WHY.

With that being said,
Jennifer Masterson
3.5 Stars. This book turned out just meh for me. I was completely sucked in from the start and then at about the 65 % mark the characters started annoying me and I wasn't thrilled with the ending. Some other people might like this more than I did. I read a lot of psychological thrillers so now very few are 5 Star reads for me.

A special shout out to Kirsten Potter the narrator. She was awesome!!! This is very easy to follow on audio.

HA! What a wild and "crazy" ride!

Sometimes when I read a crime-thriller, I become bored with the pace or exasperated with the clues and detective types, but not so this time. Each character had their own complex personality, and/or presence here, and there is never a dull moment.

Without giving anything away, I'll just say, be prepared for a shocking crime and horrendous secrets revealed, some of which, you will find terribly disturbing!

I entered this mystery not knowing anything about the plot s

Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Wow! This is one of my favourite reads of 2016 and is long-listed for my Top Ten Books of 2016. This totally took my breath away and from start to finish I was totally lost in this book and the desire to know the truth. I HAD to know the truth. I guessed the ending so many times, should not have bothered, it was brilliant and had so many twists I was feeling motion sickness!

Honestly, check out the blurb:

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

Your neighbour told you that sh
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, debut, 2016
Most of my friends loved this, but I wasn't as wrapt. At all. Yes, very, very edge of your seat worthy reading, but the end result was a little flat for me. As a debut, this was brilliant work and I commend the author for writing a book that most of us just could not put down.

I felt it was a train wreck of completely messy, unscrupulous and totally moral lacking characters! I know we are not meant to always love the characters we read about, but I was eye rolling many times. Marco. What a spinel
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
First of all, I'm a skeptic by nature. By going into a thriller, I go in grudgingly knowing I'm going to be critical. Suspending belief shouldn't be required for a story done well.
As I'm reading, this is the constant chatter going on in my head recalling Elaine in a Seinfeld episode - "maybe the dingo ate your baby." I'm thinking anything is possible at this point - including the dang Dingo!

This is warped. Let me preface it. A baby is missing. Stolen from her crib while her parents sat at a din
Apr 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Cynthia and Graham invite next door neighbours Anne and Marco to a small dinner party but tell them not to bring their small baby. Cynthia and Graham, themselves childless, are not child-friendly. The pre-arranged babysitter cancels at last minute so Anne and Marco decide, reluctantly. to go anyway, leaving baby Cora alone, taking a baby monitor and agreeing to take turns checking on her every half hour. So far so good.....until....

Anne and Graham return home at one in the morning and to their h
Hajar Benmazhar
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Schemes, lies, deceit, despair, and many many stupid decisions!

This is a fast-paced, page-turner that managed to hook me up from beginning to the bloody end.

The plot is well-written and the characters are interesting enough. In order words, they make such stupid mistakes, mostly out of despair and foolishness, to the point where it verges towards the comical. Throughout most of the book, I kept switching between feeling sorry and distressed and just being amused.

There were many twist and turns,
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I never read drama like this before
Was almost to be worst book of 2017
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
*Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishing, and also to Shari Lapena for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Goodness me, this book was so full of twists and turns, I don't know whether I'm on my head or my heels right now!

Imagine the horror of discovering your 6 month old baby has been abducted from her crib in the early hours of the morning. Imagine also the myriad of emotions you'd experience. Well, that would be bad enough, but what multiplies that horror
Pouting Always
Anne and Marco's babysitter cancels at the last minute when they have a dinner party next door. Marco talks Anne into leaving their six month Cora alone because they can bring along the baby monitor and check in on her at half hour intervals. When the two arrive home shortly after 1 am though Cora is no where to be found and the police are called in to investigate. As the investigation proceeds it becomes increasingly clear that the kidnapping was orchestrated by someone close to the couple or t ...more
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a 2016 Pamela Dorman Books publication.

A hypnotic and atmospheric thriller.

This story starts off with a familiar- ripped from the headlines- setup where a couple, Ann and Marco, decide to leave their young daughter home alone while they attend a dinner party next door. They bring the baby monitor and check on the baby every half hour. However, when they return home from the party they discover the child has been kidnapped.

After reading the first chapter
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Dense particles of deception are scattered in every nook and cranny. What you think that you see with your own eyes is not necessarily what you see.

Anne and Marco Conti must really have an intense thing for dinner parties. Marco talks Anne into leaving their newborn infant next door with a faulty baby monitor. They will take turns checking on her every 30 minutes. Sounds like a great plan, huh?

Our model parents have also taken to tipping back on the wine goblets, too. Not a sober soul in sight.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
Shari Lapena has tapped into a universal fear among parents.  

Just imagine,  your 6 month old baby is sleeping upstairs, the babysitter has cancelled at the last minute and the dinner party you have been invited to attend is literally just next door, one shared wall away.  You can take the baby monitor with you.  No problem.

It is in keeping with human nature I think,  that once tragedy strikes we are all inclined  to sit back and say “How could they have possibly?”  Don’t misunderstand me, I am
Josu Lorenzo Grilli
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-1-enero
Pues oye, lo he disfrutado un montón.

No soy mucho de leer novelas de este género, pero he de decir que cada vez estoy leyendo más y estoy encontrando una vertiente más que interesante que de primeras no era mi favorita. He leído varios comentarios respecto a la voz narrativa, porque no es muy utilizada en este tipo de novela: es en tercera persona, sí, pero narra en presente. La verdad es que yo estoy acostumbrado a leer novelas en presente, aunque en esta ocasión había alguna cosa rara (como si
ReadAlong With Sue

Yes, yes yes yes yes!

I love it when there is a up and coming author who just produces such an amazing book it looks like they have been a best seller for years. I am not kidding, this is truly a remarkable read.

I know us reviewers, we say things like 'twists and turns'
'unputdownable', stayed up all night to read it, but I tell you, its so true.

If you are a passionate reader, and I know that you are because you are on Goodreads writing reviews, then you will certainly understand my gushing on th
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
So there's a couple named Marco and Anne Conti who have a baby called Cora. They are deprived of outgoing social activities, and when the neighborly couple are inviting the Conti couple to a party, it's hard to resist.

There are some twists involved in the plotting of this book one or two of which are ponderous. Like, the babysitter cancels at the last moment. That means the baby is going to be alone. The latter is still going to be monitored audibly. So the young couple go to the party.

I gave th
j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
One star is for me because I finished it. One more star because the author came up with some good character names. Cora Conti, Cynthia Stillwell, Detective Rasbach I'm looking at you.

Well, that's about all the nice nice I can make.

I can't get past the clunky, amateurish writing! If I heard "Marco said" "Anne replied" "Cynthia stated" ONE MORE TIME....oh my gosh. If you, as an author, are going to write a book that is almost entirely dialogue, wouldn't you make sure you were a damn fine dialogue
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller, arc
I've read this book before.

Well, ok, not this book, but I've read many of its fraternal twins, and the gene pool is starting to feel a bit shallow to me.

The Couple Next Door has an interesting hook: a six month old baby disappears from her crib while her parents are next door at a dinner party. It reminded me of the Madeline McCann case, and I was interested to see how the plot would develop. However, reading this book was at times like playing thriller bingo. The couple that seems perfect from
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm actually relieved that I had a previously scheduled appointment the morning after I finished this book or this review would have been entirely different! Whew... It's taken me this long to calm down, after THAT ending!!!


I became involved after page one. It never slowed down or got boring, as most books tend to do. For a lot of you speedy readers, I imagine you could read this book in one day or want to--I wanted to.

Beg, borrow, (no stealing, PLEASE) or p
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I read this book because everyone was reading it. We’re talking EV.ER.Y.ONE. Think I’m kidding?

Yep. I’m still 30th in line at the non-porny library (and yes I just removed this request – I’m an old lady and forget these things sometimes).

Since this is a mystery you’re going to get an even crappier review than I normally barf out. The basic premise of The Couple Next Door is that Marco and Anne’s babysitter cancelled at the last minu
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me ha FLIPADO. Increíble. Hacía tiempo que no me enganchaba tanto a una lectura.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
I suppose I should write a coherent review after my previous one of "Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh" upon finishing this.

I really, really dislike writing negative reviews, so let me start with the positive here. This story was full of so many twists and turns and red herrings, I actually really enjoyed not knowing who to trust or what was going to happen. It definitely threw me for a loop quite a few times and I love when a thriller can keep me on my toes like that.

However. It appears that I have become a b
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had heard so many good things about this book from Goodread friends that I felt compelled to read it for myself. This is the debut novel of author Shari Lapena, a psychological thriller that iappears to be a fairly simple read and plot but is full of twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing throughout.
The novel features married couple Marco and Anne Contis who leave their six month old baby alone next door when their baby sitter cancels late in the day. While they are entertained by
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