Book Review - The Couple Next Door

by Shari Lapena (Bantam Press) ISBN: 9780593077399
 

How well do you really know the people close to you? 

The couple next door seems riveting. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. Anne suffers from postpartum depression and she has a teenage secret that only her mom knows. She comes from a wealthy family who helps Marco with his business, but there is certainly no love lost between Anne’s stepdad and Marco. 

Their friends, who live next door, invite them to dinner, but they are not allowed to bring the baby as Cynthia can’t stand the baby’s crying. Anne is reluctant to leave the baby on her own but Marco convinces her that the baby will be fine and they will check in on her every hour. At dinner, Anne is uncomfortable and her irritation increases as Cynthia openly flirts with Marco. Things only get worse when it’s Anne’s turn to check on her baby. She is gone. 

What unfolds next is twist after twist and all the secrets are slowly revealed. I felt like I was right there in the midst of all the characters. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. 

Shari Lapena writes beautifully. Absolutely brilliant! 

Tracy-Ann Damons
www.writerswrite.co.za
5/5

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