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The Couple Next Door

Warnings: swearing, sexual references
Author: Shari Lapena


‘How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even – yourself? People are capable of almost anything…
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all – a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one hot summer night they are invited to a dinner party next door, and a  terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the Conti’s 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.’

This is one of the books that I read in an evening (much to my mum’s dismay).

I didn’t like any of the characters (I don’t think you’re supposed to) but that just added to the story in my eyes. The only character I really liked was Cora, the baby. Uncovering all of the twists in the story connected to the characters was really interesting, and I got the sense that things were only revealed when Lapena wanted them to be, you couldn’t guess what was going to happen.

The different theories that arose from the crime were really fascinating and I felt compelled to read the conclusions of the detective for each of the speculations and the rise and fall in suspicion for each of the characters, along with their dark backstories and motives that could have led them to commit the crime.

The only downside to this novel was that I didn’t think that the ending fit with the rest of the book, which was disappointing, and the resolution of Anne and Marco’s relationship wasn’t as explosive as I thought it was going to be.



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