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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapeña
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The Couple Next Door

by Shari Lapeña

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SWEDISH REVIEW

Wow, vilken bok. Jag måste erkänna att jag inte trodde att boken skulle fängsla mig så mycket att jag i slutändan skulle ge den en 5:a. Jag hoppas att den den skulle vara underhållande, men jag trodde aldrig att den skulle vara så underhållande att den skulle vara svår at lägga ifrån sig på kvällen. En riktig blandvändare med andra ord! Jag svär, om jag inte hade haft jobb dagen efter jag började läsa boken så skulle jag nog läst klart den troligtvis samma kväll.

Vad jag verkligen älskade med boken var känslan av att alla dolde något, och det visade sig vara korrekt. Även när händelser avslöjades som kanske inte alls var så överraskande så kände jag aldrig att det var för lätt, utan det var snarare så att jag hade en misstanke och när den visade sig vara rätt så var det med belåtenhet jag insåg att jag hade gissat rätt. Självklart var det händelser som jag absolut inte hade räknat med. Som det briljanta slutet. Wow!

Jag vill inte avslöja något av handlingen, men jag måste bara få säga att jag är verkligen imponerad över hur mänskliga karaktärerna i boken är. Lapena har verkligen lyckats med att skapa karaktärer som jag kunde känna sympati för (tja de flesta människor, de fanns några vidriga som jag inte gillade speciellt mycket eller kände sympati för). Genom att karaktärerna blev så levande så kändes handlingen verkligen levande. Jag drog in i berättelsen och sedan släppte den inte taget om mig.

På andra sidan väggen var en fantastisk läsupplevelse. Shari Lapena är ett namn jag bara måste lägga på minnet och jag ser fram emot att läsa framtida böcker av henne!

Tack till Modernista och Louise Bäckelin Förlag för recensionsexemplaret!

ENGLISH REVIEW

Wow, what a book. I have to admit that I did not think I would love it as much as I did. I was hoping to be entertained, but I never thought that I would find it so engrossing that it would be hard to put it down. I swear, if I hadn't had work the day after I started the book would I probably have read most of the book that evening that I started it.

What I really loved about the book was the sense that everyone is hiding something, and sure they did and even when things were revealed that perhaps was not so surprising did I never feel that it was too easy, it was more of a getting right when you are getting suspicious about something. Of course, there were events that I didn't expect at all. Like the brilliant ending. Wow.

I don't want to give the story away, all I want to say that I'm very impressed how Lapena managed to make the characters so real that I really could feel for them (well most of the people, some I did not like because they were quite frankly awful human beings). By making the characters feel alive did this story come alive. I was pulled into the story and it didn't let go for a minute.

The Couple Next Door was a fantastic reading experience. Shari Lapena is definitely a name that I need to keep track of for future books!

Thanks to Modernista and Louise Bäckelin Förlag for the review copy! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Anne and Marco Conti are the perfect couple. They are beautiful, successful, and they just had their first baby, a beautiful daughter. One night, when their daughter is six months old, they go next door to a party at a friends’ house, they bring the baby monitor and check on the baby every half hour, so what could go wrong, right? The baby is kidnapped! What a nightmare!

This story has so many twists and turns! Just when you think you have it figured out, everything changes. And this happens again and again! It is quite a ride!

To top it off, this book is filled with realistic, diverse, and interesting characters. The imagery of the some of the scenes is amazing! The ending is a shocker! This would make an amazing movie! ( )
  Sandralovesbooks | Apr 30, 2019 |
I was maybe 5-10 pages into the book when I had to put it down and look up where the author was from. Sure enough, she provoked one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to writing - don’t write about a subject, person, or location that you’re not familiar with.

Don’t get me wrong, the dialogue was terribly written on its own. Add to that the fact that the vernacular used felt so literally foreign and I just couldn’t get over it.

The only thing the author seems to be good at is exposition, and she probably knows it since she piled it in there. It was certainly a page turner but not in the good way. More than once, I almost skipped to the end just to get it over with.

Not a 1 Star since I did end up finishing it but I thought the ending was so ridiculously convoluted and the final twist at the end was predictable. ( )
  jesmlet | Apr 23, 2019 |
The Couple Next Door is about a young couple, Anne and Marco Conti, who have dinner at their neighbor's house but fatefully decide to leave their newborn baby at home. Although they check on the baby every half hour, when they get home for the night the baby is gone. Anne is hysterical but Marco was in on the plan to have the baby abducted and then safely returned once his wealthy father in law paid the ransom. When Marco goes to pay the ransom, he is hit over the head and knocked out. Next his partner in crime is found dead. Marco, confused and upset because all he wanted to do was get some money to dig his business out of debt, confesses his crime to Anne. There are twists turns along the way as the plot unfolds. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Apr 13, 2019 |
Excellent book. Quick easy read ( )
  shazjhb | Mar 16, 2019 |
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...the set-up is fantastic – it’s just when Lapena has to deliver on the answers that the novel starts to slip.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0735221081, Hardcover)

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. . . 

“Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp.  THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR lingers long after you turn the final page.”—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once


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.

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 08 Apr 2016 19:41:01 -0400)

""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"--… (more)

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