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The Couple Next Door

A Novel

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Look out for Shari Lapena’s new thriller, AN UNWANTED GUEST, available soon.

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 lands 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.

From Publishers Weekly

May 23, 2016 – At the start of Lapena's suspenseful, heart-wrenching debut, set in upstate New York, Anne and Marco Conti come home from a party at their neighbors' house to find their front door open and their infant daughter Cora's crib empty. They left Cora alone after the sitter cancelled at the last minute. Not a shred of evidence indicates that anyone entered the house after the Contis left for the party, though the police detectives on the case, Rasbach and Jennings, discover that the motion detector on the back door was disabled, the Contis' garage door was left open, and tire tracks, not from the Contis' car, were in the garage. Could the couple be covering up a kidnapping? Rasbach and Jennings suspect that they're withholding something, but they sense the Contis' anguish is legitimate. The tension grows as the united front that Anne and Marco have presented crumbles. After numerous twists and turns, just when everything appears to be resolved, Lapena delivers one final, deftly crafted surprise.

Customer Reviews


Had to suspend some reality, but have to say I enjoyed the book and it held my interest til the somewhat odd ending. No spoiler alert.
I would recommend this book for suspense lovers.

The Couple Next Door

Awesome! This is a great thriller! I read this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. All the characters are interesting, especially Anne and Marco. I retold the story line to someone and we loved thinking up alternative endings. I'm so happy Anne's mother could help the detective, but wonder what took so long. A lot of suffering could have been avoided if truth and honesty had replaced deception and fear! This book brings serious problems like dissociation, bullying, postpartum depression, greed, class differences, and sociopathic behaviors to one set of victims of evil acts! It's almost too much with surprising twists and turns, but still couldn't stop reading! Bravo!

The couple next door

Page turner for SURE! So many twist & turns…. Ending a little disappointing.

The Couple Next Door
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Aug 23, 2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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