Title: The Couple next door by Shari Lapena
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?
So I got given this book as a present for my birthday and I started reading it because I’ve been reading so many ARC’s and ebooks that I haven’t read a physical book in about a month!
It’s a mother and father’s worst nightmare, your baby going missing in the middle of the night and as a mother myself the thought terrifies me (my son is nearly a teenager but the thought of him going missing…it doesn’t bear thinking about).
Anyway the story is told from three perspectives, the mother Anne, the father Marco and Detective Rasbach. It’s so seamless the way it moves from one view to another but each character was so well thought out I never found myself wondering who’s viewpoint it was.
My favourite character had to be Anne. She is on the edge, both physically and mentally, she has a condition where she blacks out and can’t remember what she’s done. Did she murder her own baby? Did her husband cover it up?
The only thing I would say, that on occasions it was quite painful to read her downward spiral mentally.
I have mentioned this before and I will mention it again, I don’t do spoilers, which makes it quite hard to review a book like this. All I can say is when I thought it was going in one direction or getting a little predictable, there’d be a twist to made me want to carry on reading it.
As for the ending, it was a typical happy ever after kind of thing, it was a bit ambiguous really, but I loved it. All I can say was the bad guys get what they deserve!