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The Couple Next Door Audiobook

The Couple Next Door: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even yourself?

People are capable of almost anything....

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors - a twisty roller-coaster 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 focuses 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.

©2016 Shari Lapena (P)2016 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!" (Sue Grafton, New York Times best-selling author of X)

"Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page." (Harlan Coben, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Fool Me Once)

"Provocative and shocking." (Lisa Gardner, the New York Times best-selling author of Find Her)

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    Ruth Bain 10-12-16
    Ruth Bain 10-12-16

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    "Plot twist overload"

    So, yes, this is a page turner, but the plot twists are so numerous that the plot becomes overwhelmed by the next "surprise", and the outcome is almost predictable. As for characterization, it's non-existent. Entertaining but shallow.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    GinaLatte CA 08-24-16
    GinaLatte CA 08-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    Yes, twisted.

    I have been searching for a page-turner for awhile now. Many books have not caught my attention. I took a chance by pre-ordering this book. I must say it grasped my attention from the beginning.

    This story has some twists to it although it may seem obvious who did what. In the end, my reaction was "Ah hah."

    Need I say more?

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Phil OKEMOS, MI, United States 09-15-16
    Phil OKEMOS, MI, United States 09-15-16 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "melodramatic, shallow, unsatisfing"

    skip this book, the.premise is exciting but the book does not deliver a satisfying experience

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    Tim San Jose, Costa Rica 09-18-16
    Tim San Jose, Costa Rica 09-18-16 Member Since 2016

    For simply incredible prose and superb fiction check out the Louise Penny novels featuring Chief Inspector Gamache.

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    "Simply dreadful."

    There are so many good reviews that I thought perhaps this book had some potential. It has no potential and I have no idea how anybody could give it more than two stars. I suggest you read the honest reviews from those people who really canned this book. They know whereof they speak and I am so sorry that I wasted a credit for this trash. The characters are thoroughly unlikable. The narrator is beyond bad in fact she might must practice being bad . The plot is just stupid. As for twists and turns, if anybody was fooled then I have to think that they just were not using their brains. As normal audible Will place this review so far down that only those people who follow me will ever see it, still don't wish to credit my friends. You will not be happy. As an afterthought. The book is too long by at least 30%. It just goes on forever and you hope against hope that it will improve. It does not.

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    This books grabs you from the first page. Excellent writing and story telling. Great job.

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    At first I was really put off by the narrator but got used to that as I became engrossed in the story. it is really good in spite of the unbelievable idea that parents could leave their baby alone, even if they were only going next door. not a spoiler as this is revealed in the beginning. That really tainted my view of the parents. But there are nice twists and I didn't figure the ending out. I recommend this read, it certainly cost me some sleep not wanting to turn it off. Worth a credit.

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    Cayla Lockard 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    The Narrator was horrible. Story lacked everything. Save your credit and pass this one up.

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    ngreen 09-07-16
    ngreen 09-07-16
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    I really enjoyed the story line, although it was annoying to listen to. ...Anna says, ...Marco says, ...Hasback says, Anna says, Marco replies, says Hasback... if the narrator could have stayed in the correct character, all the he said she said could have been eliminated it was really frustrating and annoying. Half way through I considered not continuing, however, I am partly glad I did because the I enjoy a good mystery. Again the plot was good and I really enjoyed the ending, although it was a bit predictable. But i did struggle to listen at times.

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    Heather 08-27-16
    Heather 08-27-16
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    "Great Twist!"

    I didn't see that coming!!! What a very suspenseful book. Twists and turns around every corner. What a great read!

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    Shelley Dorman 08-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent mystery novel"

    This was a really great mystery novel. I was able to figure out the perpetrators about halfway through the book. But, this did not deter me from finishing. The plot is intricate and the narrator was simply wonderful. I would highly recommend this book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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