The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

Book - 2016
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""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 "Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR lingers long after you turn the final page."--Harlan Coben, #1New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once "Provocative and shocking."--Lisa Gardner, the New York Times bestselling author of Find Her How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even--yourself? People are capable of almost anything. 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 focuses 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780735221086
0735221081
9780735221109
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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talk2terih
May 07, 2018

It isn't easy to write a top notch suspense thriller. There are more moving parts here than in most other genres, and all of them have to mesh perfectly for the book to work. Ms. LaPena has an interesting concept, a multi-layered plot, reveals secrets gradually to keep the reader interested, and develops her main characters beyond the two-dimensional. But this is a debut effort, and she has more growing to do as an author. I think she will continue to get better as she continues to write and look forward to reading her future efforts.

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lornagee
May 05, 2018

SPOILER ALERT!

Intriguing plot premise which moved the story along quickly. Briefly: A twisted tale of twisted characters. Think 'Fargo' meets 'Girl on a Train' without the brilliance of the first or the competence of the second.

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sharonhmyers
May 04, 2018

Waste of time even as a quick read.

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swheeler89
Jan 31, 2018

Reminiscent of Gone Girl / Girl on the Train - but perhaps not as well written. Ending was slightly predictable, but this was a fun quick engaging read. If you want a "beach book" this is more than enough. Don't long for more.

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Eye_of_the_Potato
Jan 30, 2018

Works as a novel as well as it would a phone text conversation.

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wilbertjack
Jan 30, 2018

I read this book and wished I had not. So many questions the characters ask themselves during the book, really annoying. Ending was daft.

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toddhansen1
Jan 23, 2018

While I really liked this book, I'll agree with others on here that it got a little weird at the end. Of the 308 pages, 275 of them were spectacular IMO... 4 out of 5 stars

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melissaherman_77
Jan 04, 2018

Loved everything about this book!!!!

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nannianni
Jan 01, 2018

5 stars until the ending. Ending was disappointing - it could have been so much better. It fell flat.

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empbee
Dec 08, 2017

Good beginning, slipping, repetitive page fillers at times and an ending that feels just put there. A fast read all the same.

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

Sexual Content: A flirtatious scene

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

Violence: Murder

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

Coarse Language: Cussing

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Nutty
Jun 21, 2017

Nutty thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

A couple's baby is kidnapped while the parents are at their neighbors' party.

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

"He's very agitated. He wipes his sweaty hands on his pants."

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