The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door

By Shari Lapena

  • Release Date: 2016-08-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 2,999 Ratings



Shari Lapena’s new thriller, A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, is available now from Viking Books!

The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages. People

Provocative and shocking.” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

“I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline.  The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!” —Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X

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 wives. . .

Anne 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 lands on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside 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 years. 

What 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.


  • Wow, what a read !!

    By leftster
    This is a great read, every other page, my suppositions changed, just when I thought that I had it figure out. This story would make a great made-for-TV movie. I highly recommend this story
  • What a ride...

    By Intookst
    I have to say I’ve read a lot of books and this one is a great read. I had trouble putting it down. The author makes you believe one thing and then twists and turns it. If you like Mary Higgins Clark you’ll love this book. I plan on reading more from this author as they become’s a MUST read..
  • Sadly convoluted and predictable

    By Mn8335
    I just finished reading this novel, and the lack of creativity in storytelling is astonishing for a NYT Bestseller. The author tells you what you need to know and think, rather than letting you piece it together and make your own connections, leading to a lack intrigue or depth. As for the ending, it was sudden and flat and only served to put a Shamalan-esque twist where one was totally unnecessary. The only reason for my rating’s second star was the plot line was at least somewhat original.
  • The couple next door

    By summer_lights
    Must say kept my interest, very good storyline, however was disappointed at the way it ended, thought maybe Anne mother was the one who.....don’t want to spoil it.
  • It should be made into a movie!

    By ...not a lot of playing time
    Spectacular from start to end! I did not see it coming.
  • Edge of Your Seat

    By Jackieeee!
    I sat and read this book in one day, I couldn’t put it down and needed to know what would happen next! So good!
  • What a thrilling ride!

    By Kiarra Monique
    Well! This book was not at all what I was expecting and I'm glad for that! The writing style threw me off a bit (the book reads very much like a to-do list example: this happened, then this happened, then X was sad about it.), but once I got used to it, the plot itself sucked me in. Assume NOTHING until the last thirty pages. Because you don't/won't. That's my reader-to-reader advice for you. What a thrilling ride this story was!
  • Very impressed

    By Bunmom88
    I was very impressed by the story. Just when I thought I had it figured out. Bam! Plot twist. It’s very very rare that I close a book with my mouth hanging open from surprise at what’s just happened. Definitely worth the read.
  • Twists & Turns

    By Tmrvica1225
    I hate when I can predict what happens along the way, but that doesn't happen in this book! So many twists & turns.. it was hard for me to put the book down. The only bad part about this book is I wish it wouldn't end!! Even the ending keeps you wanting more!
  • Suspenseful fast read!

    By Fat superman
    I didn't want it to end! Fast read, well written and engaging. Can't wait to read the next book