Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

(Spoiler free)

By Stephanie Geary

Anna and Marco from the outside appear to be the perfect couple, with a lavish house, plenty of money and a beautiful baby girl. But that is far from accurate as we read further into the story.

We start at their next door neighbours house, where a party has been organised. Almost guilt-tripped into leaving her daughter Cora at home, Anna is forced to place a fake smile as she has a rubbish time watching her husband flirt with their brash, attractive hostess and feeling like a poor mother for leaving her daughter alone at home. Although they take turns checking on her, she still feels uneasy about the entire situation. When the time comes to return home, Anna almost runs the distance back despite the copious amount of alcohol consumed as she starts to feel distaste at herself for ‘abandoning’ her child. But all her fears are realised when she discovers that her daughter has been taken from her crib.

This book is a brilliant twist and turn story which leaves you wanting more with each page. There were times that I couldn’t put the book down (which isn’t easy with two little boys constantly wanting my attention) and it drew me in from the start. There were characters who I liked and then there were the characters who I didn’t. I was a fan of poor tortured Marco, the outsider of the family who had married for love into a wealthy, judgemental unit. And I was not a fan of Anna’s ‘father’ who is what can only be described as a ‘spoilt brat’.

On finishing this book I was very happy with how it ended; the story takes you through many twists and turns and each page leaves us asking, ‘what has happened to baby Cora?’

This was an amazing book by the very talented author Shari Lapena; I look forward to reading more from her.

I would give this 4/5 ⭐️

Author:

I am a 36 year old female from the UK. I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two beautiful boys, Ethan (6) and Oliver (3). We also have a gorgeous Pug called Harry, he is 11 weeks old and full of life. I currently work part time for the local authority but have run a small photography business for the past 10 years, where I provided a photography service for weddings, events and I also provided photoshoots for babies and small children. The business ran quite well and got great feedback from all of my clients who regularly referred me onto their friends and family. For as far back as I can remember there were two things I wanted to do in my life. 1 - Become a writer, whether it be write a fiction novel or writing content for newspapers/magazines, etc - It is always something that I have enjoyed doing. 2 - Become a photographer and run my own business. I conquered number 2. I ran my own business and tried consumer photography jobs. It was fun while it lasted but I felt that I wasn't using my camera the way I wanted to. Towards the end, I stopped enjoying it so much. I still take on the odd job, but I am now keen to try and conquer the other passion of mine. I am not saying that photography will be done with forever. I love taking artistic photographs and I am hoping to showcase some of that work on here, pieces that are just for me...and only me. But what I want to do more than anything is produce a piece of writing that is published. Whether it be short stories, a novel, content for newspapers, etc. So I figured I would produce a blog to showcase some of my work - review some books/movies and just get used to writing again and putting my own content out there. So this is me. The Mother, the wife, the Pug Mom, The photographer, The Writer

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