The Couple Next Door

"The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages." —People

"Provocative and shocking.” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

“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

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 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.

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  • Arah-Lynda
    Oct 23, 2016


    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 th...

  • Sue
    Oct 16, 2016


    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 suspen...

  • Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
    Oct 13, 2016

    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, shoul...

  • Dannii Elle
    Sep 29, 2016

    Dannii Elle

    I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Shari Lapena, and the publisher, Pamela Dorman Books, for this opportunity.This book has made me a paranoid mess! I suspected each and every character due to the darkness and deception that was th...

  • Karen
    Sep 27, 2016


    This book kept me reading and interested, it was good for the genre that it is, but it's not really my sort of book. It was a pick of BOTM and many where reading it. So, if you like whodunnits, it's good. ...

  • Lori
    Sep 24, 2016


    Once I started reading this I couldn't pull myself away. Not perfect, but it really kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen. Much like the characters in Gone Girl these characters were not likable, however, they made the story what it was... entertaining. 3.5 stars. ...

  • Linda O'Donnell F.
    Sep 11, 2016

    Linda O'Donnell F.

    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 w...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Sep 9, 2016


    3.5Strange title for this book, I think. Although the neighbours are part of the story, I expected more next-door involvement.Anne is the daughter of a very wealthy woman and her second husband, Anne’s stepfather. Anne is expected to study, behave, and marry well. They’ve nev...

  • Jennifer Masterson
    Sep 7, 2016

    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 thriller...

  • Suzanne
    Sep 7, 2016


    Most of my friends loved this, but I wasn't as wrapt. 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 t...