The Couple Next Door

                                                                    The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
First Published in the UK: 2017
Publishers: Corgi 
Pages: 368
Prices on Amazon: Kindle: £3.85 Paperback: £4.99
ISBN: 0552173142

Do you know the couple next door? Are they who you think they are?

The couple next door follows couple Anne and Marco and there baby daughter Cora. One night when their babysitter cancels at the last minuet. Anne and Marco decide to leave the baby home alone while they go next door to a dinner party, agreeing to check on her every half an hour. When Anne and Marco return home in the early hours however, they discover that Cora is gone. Phoning the police to report the kidnapping Detective Rasbeck is the lead on the case and arrives with uniformed officers to search the house and the street. They soon discover clues as to how Cora was taken out of the house and its not long before Rasbeck is questioning everything hes been told. 

Is this kidnapping something to do with the parents or has a third party taken the child for ransom like the parents are claiming. As more and more truths are unraveled and more time goes by the odds on getting Cora back alive and well are getting lower. 

Well alot of people are saying that this book is the next The Girl on the Train and well i certainly don't agree with this. For starters i don't know why this book is called The couple next door as to me it lead me to believe the book was going to head down a completly different road to what it did. Secondly, i found this book to be very repetative, i found it constantly seemed to repeat the characters names over and over within a couple of sentances. I also found that the type of writing seemed to change one minuet it seemed to refer to the characters by there names all the time the next it was using words like him and her then it would jump back to using there names all the time again almost like it was changing to first person and back again. 

I found this book started off quiet believable the parents guilt of leaving their child along and there grief off her being taken and then as things went on i found the book got more and more unbelievable and im afraid it lost me. I did finish the book and i found the ending to be really out there and just a really bad ending. 

I gave this book 3 stars out of 5. I would not recomend this book and i would not be reading it again. This book was chosen as part of my bookclub. 

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