The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

January 23, 2023

“Such kindness, and such thoughtless cruelty.”

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a hold-onto-your-seat kind of book! With the story unraveling so quickly, and one plot twist after another, it was nearly impossible to put this book down! Lapena nailed the suspense aspect of this book! I read until about 4am one morning because I couldn’t put it down. It’s that suspenseful!

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Title: The Couple Next Door

Author: Shari Lapena

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Intended Audience: Adult

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense

Mood: Dark, Mysterious Suspenseful

Pages: 308

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The Couple Next Door Story Summary

Anne and Marco Conti are seemingly the perfect couple — they have a stunning home, a loving relationship, and a beautiful baby. One night, their neighbors invited them to a dinner party at the apartment next door. Since Anne and Marco’s babysitter canceled last minute, they decided to get the baby to bed and check on her every hour while she slept. Anne suffers from a health concern, causing her timeline to be hazy. She remembers nursing her baby at 11pm, and then she doesn’t remember anything thereafter. 


Upon returning home after midnight, they realize a terrible crime had been committed. The truth is a complex hold-onto-your-seat story but to get to the truth, we must first find the motive. And that is where The Couple Next Door really gets juicy.


Throughout the investigation, the Conti family is brought through the wringer. Their relationships are tested, and their lies are brought forth. Answers are found in places where you least expect them.

The Couple Next Door Review

The Couple Next Door is one of the most suspenseful books I’ve read. Not because it is the best but because of how well it is written. Each chapter leaves you hanging on for just one more answer — just one more clue as to who the perpetrator is.


This isn’t my favorite book because of the plot. I feel like the last quarter of the book sort of lost me, but the suspense never stopped.


If you’re someone who likes suspenseful, mysterious, action-packed books, add this one to your reading list!

The Couple Next Door Final Thoughts

While I didn’t love the ending, I can’t deny the suspense of the book had me hanging on to my seat. If you’re like me and you enjoy a good suspenseful good, I recommend this one for you!


I’m a margarita-mixing, kitten-rescuing, plant-hoarding, pumpkin-spice-everything-obsessed, homeschooling book lover. You can pretty much always find me in my favorite chair, under my cozy knit blanket, with a good book.


2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Amity has read 46 books toward their goal of 100 books.



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Great! Will Review.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Good. May not review.

⭐️⭐️ – Okay. May not review.

⭐️ – Did not finish (DNF). Will not review.

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