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  1. says:

    A baby is kidnapped while the parents are next door.Mayhem ensues It s a captivating story, I ll admit At first, at least Then, it becomes too convoluted to keep its realism So the story isn t bad per se If you don t mind crazy, nefarious scenarios with outcomes that lead tocrazy, nefarious scenarios, you might just love this.I couldn t.I couldn t because it didn t sound right to me Especially not the ending What a stupid one The character would never have done such a thing Not af A baby is kidnapped while the parents are next door.Mayhem ensues It s a captivating story, I ll admit At first, at least Then, it becomes too convoluted to keep its realism So the story isn t bad per se If you don t mind crazy, nefarious scenarios with outcomes that lead tocrazy, nefarious scenarios, you might just love this.I couldn t.I couldn t because it didn t sound right to me Especially not the ending What a stupid one The character would never have done such a thing Not after what happened But then again, I m not the author What do I know I also couldn t because the writing is horribly amateurish It literally feels like a thirteen year old wrote this Seriously, maybe middle grade mystery books would fit this author better And then there s the narration Because the writing isn t enjoyable, the narration, in consequence, isn t either Plus, I felt extremely disconnected from the characters I didn t even care about their circumstances Sure, I wanted the baby found and brought back but, at some point, as the story becomesandconvoluted, the focus sharpens on who is the kidnapper instead of where the baby girl is The two are, of course, linked but the blame is put on so many people, while the baby remains unfound, that it starts to become ridiculous after a while Can I just say it again What a stupid ending We all know what s going to happen now Who invented open endings, though Curse them Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin


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    ZERO SPOILERS ZERO SPOILERS LESS THAN ZERO SAFE TO READ It s 3am.I just finish reading this sleep killer story.My final HONEST REACTION HYSTERICAL SO MUCH FUN I could roll on the floor laughing right now.SOOOOOO FUNNY..GREAT WILD RIDE ReallyI m not sure if I m laughing at myself or the story or both A few random thoughts as you know I m not going to give anything away This is a question for my women friends When you are str ZERO SPOILERS ZERO SPOILERS LESS THAN ZERO SAFE TO READ It s 3am.I just finish reading this sleep killer story.My final HONEST REACTION HYSTERICAL SO MUCH FUN I could roll on the floor laughing right now.SOOOOOO FUNNY..GREAT WILD RIDE ReallyI m not sure if I m laughing at myself or the story or both A few random thoughts as you know I m not going to give anything away This is a question for my women friends When you are stressed, do you start cleaning If ever fueled with anxiety, do you need to clean something, even if your house is already spotless I started laughing to myself of course my husband was sleeping when the character, Anne, had a cleaning episode moment She has to keep busy She starts in the front entryway, cleaning the antique grate that covers the air duct The scrolled ironwork is covered in dust and had to be scrubbed by hand She gets a bucket of warm water and a cloth and sits down on the floor by the front door, begins to clean it, getting deeper into the grooves It calms her That excerpt was simply a fun comic release I ve been guilty of the cleaning crime on occasion Lots of theories to choose from in this story pick your favorite a baby is gone kidnapped her from the cribWho could it be And why the mother who has been suffering postpartum depression Maybe she killed her Or maybe the father arranged the Kidnapping for ransom since his business was in serious trouble Or maybe the babysitter who cancelled at last minute was guilty Or maybe the couple next door with their messy entanglement to the parents of the missing baby are the kidnappers Or maybe the the entire neighborhood is guilty Regardless Shari Lapena s novel, The Couple Next Store , is a very fast readengaging.a FRICKIN KICK OF FUN


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    3.5 starsA swanky rich couple have a six month old baby The babysitter cancels at the last minute, buuuutt the husband really wants to go to that dinner party next door with the hottie neighbor He convinces the wife Anne that it will be just fine to leave the baby by herself and check on her every thirty minutes They return home to find the baby is now missing Then all the secretsgotta have secrets Mom is struggling with post partum depression Could she have done something to the 3.5 starsA swanky rich couple have a six month old baby The babysitter cancels at the last minute, buuuutt the husband really wants to go to that dinner party next door with the hottie neighbor He convinces the wife Anne that it will be just fine to leave the baby by herself and check on her every thirty minutes They return home to find the baby is now missing Then all the secretsgotta have secrets Mom is struggling with post partum depression Could she have done something to the baby and this is just an elaborate cover up Dad, Marco..the boy from the wrong side of the tracks that lucked up and married Miss Money..is he telling all the truth and only the truth There is ALL kinds of drama up in here, plus evil, stupid characters I totally ate it up The book reads so frigging fast and some of the twisty turns had my head reeling It s one that you want to read it one sitting even though you know there is no way the ending can do it justice Sometimes I like a Lifetime movie just waiting to happen


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    The entire plot relied on the male protagonist being the stupidest human being to have ever existed on the planet I just couldn t believe his poor logical reasoning at all The rest of the characters are also one note the mother is hysterical the entire time and doesn t use her brain once, their neighbor s only characteristic is being skanky, and the detectives are super unprofessional and aggressive The writing often relied on telling instead of showing by blatantly telling you a character s The entire plot relied on the male protagonist being the stupidest human being to have ever existed on the planet I just couldn t believe his poor logical reasoning at all The rest of the characters are also one note the mother is hysterical the entire time and doesn t use her brain once, their neighbor s only characteristic is being skanky, and the detectives are super unprofessional and aggressive The writing often relied on telling instead of showing by blatantly telling you a character s motivations and personality traits without actually describing it for you to decipher Overall, this was a lackluster thriller that doesn t have much substance with painfully idiotic characters


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    THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is an outstanding debut psychological thriller novel from author Shari Lapena, and one of the best reads I have read this year This novel, a child abduction case, races along at an amazing speed, full of twists and turns, totally gripping the reader for the suspense ride from beginning to end I kept flipping the pages as I had to know what had happened I loved it They left their six month old baby Cora home alone and went to a party next door But with the monitor o THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is an outstanding debut psychological thriller novel from author Shari Lapena, and one of the best reads I have read this year This novel, a child abduction case, races along at an amazing speed, full of twists and turns, totally gripping the reader for the suspense ride from beginning to end I kept flipping the pages as I had to know what had happened I loved it They left their six month old baby Cora home alone and went to a party next door But with the monitor on next door they would hear everything Anne and husband Marco Contis are asked to their next door neighbors, Cynthia and husband Graham Stillwell for a dinner party, to celebrate Graham s birthday No babies allowed, so Anne hires a babysitter, who cancels at the last moment Now what How could she possibly go But Marco said it would be fine, as it is only next door They can bring the baby monitor and take turns checking on the baby every half hour.Marco was having a good time at the party and wasn t in a rush to leave Anne on the other hand suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of their daughter, and was anxious to return home Then at 1 00A.M.when Anne and Marco left the party, they find the front door partly open but she had locked it Anne races up the stairs to the nursery and now a parent s worst nightmare the baby was GONE A frantic call to the police brings detective Rasbach and detective Jennings to the scene, to uncover the truth and find six month old Cory.So many lies, betrayals and cover ups in this novel How well do you know the people closest to you I am not going to say any as I don t want to give the plot away, but this is a very riveting and powerful story I loved it All I can say is read this book I don t think you will be disappointed.Many thanks to Shari Lapena, Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net Galley for my ARC


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    Wowwhat was that ending OK, let me back up.There s no denying that this is a compulsive page turner At the heart of the story is a frenzied pulse running rampant and it s addicting Ending chapters with shocking revelations, casting doubt and making me waver on my belief of who was behind it all, time and time again, was pure magic I read this book over the course of one day, simply because I couldn t bear to put it down I had to know who took baby Cora and WHY.With that being said, Wowwhat was that ending OK, let me back up.There s no denying that this is a compulsive page turner At the heart of the story is a frenzied pulse running rampant and it s addicting Ending chapters with shocking revelations, casting doubt and making me waver on my belief of who was behind it all, time and time again, was pure magic I read this book over the course of one day, simply because I couldn t bear to put it down I had to know who took baby Cora and WHY.With that being said, this is a case of a highly readable story being tainted by the ridiculousness of it all If you took away the frantic pace, I m not sure where that would have left me This wasn t a story that focused on the depth of the characters or even really forging a connection with them It was simply about unraveling the truth.Do I believe that anyone could ve pull off this scenario Absolutely not The probability that all of the pieces would fall together like they did in this situation is hard to swallow in fact, suspending disbelief is a requirement Who would go to this extreme And the endingI m just gonna say it was crazy and leave it at that.Is this the best book I ve ever read No way. Was it entertaining Absolutely. Would I recommend it Hmm, that s a tough one Maybe.


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    One star is for me because I finished it Onestar because the author came up with some good character names Cora Conti, Cynthia Stillwell, Detective Rasbach I m looking at you.Well, that s about all the nice nice I can make.I can t get past the clunky, amateurish writing If I heard Marco said Anne replied Cynthia stated ONE MORE TIME.oh my gosh If you, as an author, are going to write a book that is almost entirely dialogue, wouldn t you make sure you were a damn fine dialogue One star is for me because I finished it Onestar because the author came up with some good character names Cora Conti, Cynthia Stillwell, Detective Rasbach I m looking at you.Well, that s about all the nice nice I can make.I can t get past the clunky, amateurish writing If I heard Marco said Anne replied Cynthia stated ONE MORE TIME.oh my gosh If you, as an author, are going to write a book that is almost entirely dialogue, wouldn t you make sure you were a damn fine dialogue writer first It was killing me.There is no mood, no setting I can t even tell you what country this was set and no tone At all Oh, and zero character development which is kind of crucial to psychological suspense.Q Come to think of it, why did I finish this book A I like to rubberneck at train wrecks


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    Cynthia and Graham invite next door neighbours Anne and Marco to a small dinner party but tell them not to bring their small baby Cynthia and Graham, themselves childless, are not child friendly The pre arranged babysitter cancels at last minute so Anne and Marco decide, reluctantly to go anyway, leaving baby Cora alone, taking a baby monitor and agreeing to take turns checking on her every half hour So far so good..until.Anne and Graham return home at one in the morning and to their h Cynthia and Graham invite next door neighbours Anne and Marco to a small dinner party but tell them not to bring their small baby Cynthia and Graham, themselves childless, are not child friendly The pre arranged babysitter cancels at last minute so Anne and Marco decide, reluctantly to go anyway, leaving baby Cora alone, taking a baby monitor and agreeing to take turns checking on her every half hour So far so good..until.Anne and Graham return home at one in the morning and to their horror discover the front door open, the crib empty and Cora nowhere in sight The police are called and so this dreadful piece of writing continues.Where shall I begin it s difficult to pinpoint one particular aspect of this novel as it is all so dreadful Anne, suffering from post natal depression is constantly wringing her hands, turning sickly pale, sobbing, weeping, crying whilst pacing the floor Marco hangs his head, covers his face with his hands and turns a paler shade than his wife. A pallor that is quite striking They communicate with their eyes Here we have two distraught parents, whose baby is missing they are wondering if she has been kidnapped, and this is what Marco tells his wife I don t know Maybe he panicked Which scares the hell out of me because then maybe he ll kill Cora and dump her somewhere This from a husband in an attempt to make his wife feel better Our intelligent eyed detective goes next door to speak to Cynthia and Graham Cynthia is described thus ..She is perfectly made up, even though someone had stolen her guests baby while they were at her house late the night before Could anyone tell me the relevance of this peculiar sentence This whole book is full of this sort of rubbish.The characters are caricatures the depressed handwringing wife from old money the supportive but uncomfortable husband who is never good enough the neighbours next door who could be Up To No Good Then we have the wife s rich parents who want to take control, and finally Mr Plod in the shape of Detective Rasbach who has intelligent eyes well of course he does, he couldn t be a detective without them Oh please Written in the present tense this readslike directions for a play than a book Every single thing is laid out for the reader, every angle, every possibility, every theory, and reasons for certain police procedures Absolutely nothing is left to the imagination This is absolutely dreadful it is so bad I tried to read it as a spoof but even I can take only so much I feel as though I am being repeatedly hit with a sledgehammer I don t have the stamina to read anyof this truly awful book.Thank you , for a complimentary copy but for you I would not have known how truly, truly awful this is


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    My reviews can also be seen at still haven t listened to very many audiobooks While I prefer to read on my e reader or read a book, I really do like having the option to listen to an audiobook now and then It s a nice change and I can close my eyes as long as I m not driving But I don t close my eyes often as usually it doesn t matter how exciting the audiobook is, I could very well fall asleep.However, I didn t have that problem with this one I w My reviews can also be seen at still haven t listened to very many audiobooks While I prefer to read on my e reader or read a book, I really do like having the option to listen to an audiobook now and then It s a nice change and I can close my eyes as long as I m not driving But I don t close my eyes often as usually it doesn t matter how exciting the audiobook is, I could very well fall asleep.However, I didn t have that problem with this one I was pretty into it and it was very unlikely that I was going to fall asleep.Anne and Marco Conti are new parents to a six month old baby girl named Cora It seems they have it all The are financially comfortable, they have a great marriage and now they have a beautiful baby.Everything is perfect.Since having Cora, the couple don t go out very often So when their friends neighbors invite them over for a dinner party they are excited to go, well Marco is Anne Conti would prefer not to go, especially since the neighbors, Cynthia and Graham Stillwell don t want children at the party Anne agrees to go and they schedule a babysitter But the night of the party the sitter cancels leaving them with no one to watch Cora Anne tells her husband she s fine staying home with the baby Marco really wants her to come, he thinks it would be good for her to go It will be good for you to get out, you know what the doctor said Eventually Anne agrees to go, but only if they take the baby monitor and check on Cora every half hour They arrive at the party but Anne just can t seem to enjoy herself She has some wine but even that doesn t help She s miserableespecially as she watches her friend flirt with Marco Cynthia is gorgeous and beside her Anne feels horrible about herself, she s very insecure about the baby weight she is still carrying.On top of that, lately it seems that something has been off with her husband She s not sure if it s her imagination or something else Is he keeping something from her By one in the morning, Anne has had enough and wants to go home Marco wants to stay for another drink Quickly she becomes tired of waiting and tells him she s leaving with or without him Marco decides to go home with Anne.As they walk up to their from door, they notice that it s open Anne is positive she shut the door when she was last there to check on Cora.They both immediately run up the stairs and into the baby room They look into the crib and Anne screams..I will leave it at that as I really don t want to spoil anything.I really enjoyed this audiobook A great domestic suspense that honestly pulled me in right from the start The plot was great and I thought the story flowed well I didn t have any trouble keeping up or keeping track of who was who like I sometimes do with audiobooks.I m finding that the right narrator can make all the difference when it comes to listening to any audiobook and I think the narrator for The Couple Next Door was great.I look forward tofrom Shari Lapena


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The Couple Next Door 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 wivesAnne 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 focuses on the parents But the truth is a much complicated storyInside 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 yearsWhat 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

  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • The Couple Next Door
  • Shari Lapena
  • English
  • 10 March 2017
  • 0735221081

About the Author: Shari Lapena

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