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So back in June I reviewed a book that went on to be a bit of a Marmite book for lots of reviewers. But The Couple Next Door proved to be one of my most viewed blog pages this year and I absolutely blooming loved it!

About this book…

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

My review…

Just…wow!!! I have just finished this debut novel and its one of the twistiest twisty plots I have read for a very long time! After taking a little time to get used to the way it was written, I physically couldn’t put this book down. The premise of a stolen child isn’t a new one but this book brought a fresh approach to what can be an overused storyline these days. There were several gasp out loud moment and I feel like I have been through the washing machine and then the drier and I am still spinning!

There has been a lot of hype around about this book and I also think it is one of those books you will either love or hate mainly due to most of the characters being the most awful, unsympathetic narcissists you are ever likely to come across and that’s really unusual in a missing child story where you are normally totally empathetic with the family left behind! But in a market full of “missing child” books this will certainly be remembered by me and that takes something pretty special. So love it or hate it, it’s one you won’t forget in a hurry!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Publication date 16th July 2016

The Couple Next Door is available to buy at Amazon UK

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before writing fiction. TheCouple Next Door is her debut thriller.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.