⏲ Read Time: 2-5 minutes
In Shari Lapena‘s The Couple Next Door, Anne and Marco Conti attend a dinner party next door and leave their baby, Cora, at home. They wouldn’t be gone all night, with the baby monitor close in hand and a rotating schedule of checking up on her every half hour, what was the worst that could happened?
When they return home, the worst, in fact, has happened: baby Cora is missing. Both sides become quick to point fingers and dish out the blame, becoming hostile. Who would do this? Why would they steal their baby? What did they do to deserve this?
The cards quickly fall as the investigation into Cora’s abduction comes to the surface. We learn that Anne suffers from mild postpartum depression and suspects that her husband is cheating on her with Cynthia, the neighbor with her own secrets. Marco’s business is failing and after asking Anne’s parents for financial assistance, he gets turned down and becomes desperate enough to forge the idea of kidnapping his own daughter for ransom money.
Yeah, a turn I wasn’t expecting. Strap in, because there’s a lot of them in here.
Lapena’s style of writing wasn’t anything to brag home about, but yet I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to find out what happened next. It wasn’t because I was that engrossed into the story, it was more so I just wanted to finish the damned book and see if these parents were actually that batsh!t crazy. The story was made up of a lot of far-fetched scenarios that almost seemed to hard to grasp.
Without giving it away, I definitely didn’t see the end coming, but felt that it seemed rushed. The whole story felt as if it was hurried and that we didn’t really get to know the characters as well as I hoped. It was hard to feel sympathy for the characters because there wasn’t any sort of backstory, but for the sake of a quick guilty pleasure read, I say it would suffice.
This is definitely a good pick-up if you’re on the beach or flying on a plane (which is actually why I bought it!), but I wouldn’t rave about it. It was a quick read to pass the time and cross another book off my To-Read list.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5