Wendy Cartmell

Author of the Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers

The Couple Next DoorThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone. You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.
The writing style is different, more of an omnipresent narrator and the first half of the book focuses on the parents Anne and Marco. But slowly but surely the view widens to include the couple next door. The author has a way of imparting small amounts of information, upping the suspense and keeping the reader turning the pages. A great psychological read!
I received a review copy of the novel via Netgalley.

The Couple Next Door is available from Amazon here.

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