Rating: 3.5 / 5
THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR begins with a scary premise. Anne and Marco Conti are scheduled to have dinner next door for a rare adults only night out. At the last minute the babysitter they hired for their baby girl Cora backs out and they’re left with a difficult decision. They finally decide that being just one door over from their sleeping baby (with a shared wall at that) with a baby monitor in hand and a check on the baby every half hour is acceptable. When the evening winds down, they’ve both had a bit too much to drink, but the realization that their baby is missing sobers them up really quick!
Detective Rasbach steps in to investigate and it is soon clear that there are more than a few secrets at play in this marriage and the family in general. Did one of the parents do something to the baby? How do the neighbors and their families fit into the story? No one is exactly who they first appear!
I found this to be a fun easy read, though it didn’t necessarily blow me away. It is absolutely a scary idea that someone can walk into your home when you’re just feet away and make off with your child. It is a situation that quickly brings the cracks in the relationships between Marco and Anne and those around them to light. Clearly the picture perfect image they present is just on the surface.
I found a few of the twists to be predictable, though I didn’t figure out every detail. Overall it was exactly the quick thriller that I was in the mood for when I picked it up. I would definitely pick up more from Shari Lapena in the future.
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