The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Published by Penguin Audio on August 23, 2016 (first published July 14, 2016)
Genre(s): fiction, crime, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: audiobook, 8:40:29
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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.
I borrowed The Couple Next Door from my library on audiobook, looking for something light, fun, and easy to listen to. Well. This wasn’t exactly light, but it was entertaining.
“She can’t trust anyone to tell the truth unless she goes first.”
Kirsten Potter narrated this fabulously. Her reading was clear, with voices for each character that were unique enough to be distinguishable without being overdone. I don’t typically choose audiobooks solely based on the narrator, but based on her long resume, she’s someone I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for when looking for one.
As far as the story itself, this was compelling if somewhat unbelievable. I found it difficult to connect with any of the characters; at any point I may have started to feel sympathetic towards someone, they would do something to make me dislike them again. Although the plotting was fairly intricate with plenty of twists, I saw them all coming. Maybe it’s just because I’ve read or watched so many domestic thrillers, but every what if I imagined actually did come to be. That being said, Lapena created an amazing atmosphere that left me feeling on edge and needing to find out if my guesses were right. And that ending! It was so perfectly appropriate and fitting with the rest of the book.
Overall, this was not the best nor the worst story of domestic intrigue I’ve ever read, but it was quite engrossing. Do you think you can suspend disbelief long enough to just be taken on the ride of a domestic suspense? Then I’d suggest giving The Couple Next Door a shot! And I highly recommend this one on audio.