The Couple Next Door

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by Shari Lapena
Published August 23rd 2016
Mystery/Thriller
3.5 Stars

 

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.
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.
What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

The blurb promised so much more than what was delivered. The story caught my attention, just a bit. There was no part of it I was going crazy. In fact, by the end of it I was sure I would not review it but I just need to rant a bit. This book was not meant to be funny I think but I ended up laughing so much.

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Let’s start with how pretty the cover is. I saw it and I had to get it, it just looks so lovely and the title doesn’t hurt either. It has this mystery to it. I did not even bother checking out the blurb. Whoever is responsible for this did a good job. i was very impressed. I even set it aside so that I could read it when I had no distractions because I just knew I would love it. Never judge a book by its cover. Can’t believe it bit me in the ass this way.

Anne and Marco have been invited for dinner next door but their sitter cancels on them. They were asked not to bring the baby and so Marco convinces Anne that they can leave her behind and check on her frequently, it’s just next door anyway. Stupid! But stupid people do exist in this world so I let that one slide. They have the baby monitor with them and they check on the baby every half hour.

I found that logic so ridiculous but then I was at a party over NYE weekend where a couple of people were doing the same thing. Difference is, these couples live in a gated are with security guards but then it ruled out the impossibility of the situation.

“He stares at her back and thinks about how much she has changed since the baby was born. It was entirely unexpected. They’d looked forward to the baby so much together–decorating the nursery, shopping for baby things, attending the birth-preparation classes, feeling the baby kick in her tummy. They had been some of the happiest months of his life. It had never occurred to him that it would be hard afterward. He hadn’t seen it coming.”

And of course you have to have the suspects. There is Anne who suffers from post-partum depression meaning she could have harmed the baby. There is Marco whose business is not doing so well so he could have done it to get the ransom money. The suspects in any missing child case will always be the parents first followed by anyone in the family.

“He has learned in his years on the job, it is that people are capable of almost anything.”

The drama!!! Drama everywhere. One ends, another one starts. It was crazy to be honest. Some of them I did not see coming, others I felt like they were not exhausted and some I saw coming and I hated them. This book was the equivalent of any lifetime movie. Or hallmark movies. You know they are not good but you still end up enjoying them. This was exactly that.

But that bloody ending ruined it completely! WHY??? So much drama throughout the book and that had to be added? Disappointing.

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I recommend this to anyone who can tolerate Hallmark/Lifetime movies. It’s a short fast paced read.

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