The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Published by: Pamela Dorman Books on August 23rd, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Source: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from Goodreads): You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.
Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.
Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.
Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.
You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.
What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?
Review: When I work the morning shifts the transit in the city is pretty bad. You’re squished like a sardine in the subway with no room to stand let alone hold a book so I sought out an audiobook to listen to on my commutes. I find that listening to this as an audiobook was an interesting experience. As the story was panning out you got to follow along and try to figure out who dunnit and just when you thought you were close it changes again.
It’s not the best or most suspenseful book I’ve read but it was entertaining nontheless. It is very plot driven and the characters are really just all over the place. What took place also seemed super unrealistic and felt very very convenient when things did turn up. The first 60-70% was quite fast-paced and interesting but the big reveal and ending was just rushed and meh in my opinion.
I feel like if you’re looking for an audiobook to listen to that’s pretty quick and you’re in a bit of a reading slump I would recommend this. I wouldn’t recommend the physical copy as I feel like what made this enjoyable was listening to the narration.