The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena

16 Aug
the couple next door shari lapeno

FIVE of Five Stars

So excellent!!

This book is like an amazing onion. Every page pulls back another layer and you don’t get to the core until the very end. Some layers expose mental illness, some show characters with their backs up against the wall, some layers have really bad decisions that spiral out of control, and you’re never quite sure who the real sociopath is.

Early on there is a kidnapping, and it’s not hard to figure out who the kidnapper is. That person is revealed early on, so the non-surprise is not a big deal. However the problems in the lives of these characters go far beyond the missing child, and every page turned, every layer peeled away, exposes another motive, another question, and another clue.

The narration jumps from character to character, and like an Agatha Christie novel, each character seems to be guilty of something. But WHAT? Is it possible that everyone is involved somehow in this kidnapping? No, it is not, but there are very few innocent people here.

I read this in 2 sittings. The drama never stops and the story is a constant flow, so it’s almost impossible to not read Just One More Paragraph.

I could take off half a star for a somewhat abrupt ending. Once we figure out the final evil character the book is pretty much over (except for one last, final event) and that evil character is dealt with without much excitement. But the other 99% was so great, I really can’t take off anything. It was a really enjoyable ride and I’m so happy that Netgalley gave me the chance to review an early copy.

One more really minor issue I had: What the hell ever happened to [Graham]??? We go deep into every other character, but this one disappears quickly and we never hear another word. This really is a flaw, as EVERY other character is dealt with thoroughly. But again – this fun ride is good enough that I’m just going to forget it.

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One Response to “The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena”

  1. Annie August 17, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    I wondered the same thing about that character, but I loved this book 😀

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