Sunday, July 17, 2016
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
4.0 out of 5 stars -- Domestic thriller that will keep you guessing as you frantically turn the pages until the chilling end.
I didn't set out to read this cover to cover over a couple of hours today. But, once I got to the part where baby Cora was missing from her crib, I was hooked and didn't take a breath until I finished. This is about a kidnapped baby, yes, but it is also about neighbors, about family, about marriage, and about the damage caused by secrets and deception. Goes to show, once again, how little people know about each other no matter what their relationship.
Marco and Anne Conti are adjusting to life with a newborn and having a bit of fun next door at their neighbor's place. Since the babysitter had canceled on them, they left Cora at home but were keeping watch via a baby monitor and checking on her every 30 minutes. When they finally go home after 1 am, Cora is missing. Anne makes the 911 call and sets an exhaustive investigation into motion. Detective Rasbach is immediately suspicious when certain details come to light. He is sure he can figure this out but keeps finding things that don't add up. Maybe there will be a ransom demand as Anne's parents are wealthy. The Conti family watches their world fall apart and everything spirals out of control. Revelations. Betrayal. Everyone is hiding something.
Enjoyed this and can almost see it as a movie.
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Viking for the e-book ARC to review.