The Couple Next Door; Shari Lapena
Pamela Dorman Books -2016
How well do you know the people closest to you? You just may ask yourself that question after reading this book.
Anne and Marco Conti are a nice young couple who seem to have it all; a good marriage, nice home, and now a 6 month old daughter named Cora. One evening they are to have dinner with their neighbors next door (picture attached brownstones). At the last minute the Conti's babysitter cancels and, their neighbor had told them earlier that it was an adults only party. Against their better judgement, they go to the party, taking the baby monitor with them and then checking on the sleeping Cora every 30 minutes. Of course in the course of the evening things go horribly wrong.
Without giving any spoilers the couple comes under suspicion regarding what had transpired but, as the police dig deeper it seems as though not only the Contis but, their family and the neighbors have plenty of secrets of their own.
This is one of those psychological thrillers that sucked me in immediately and never let go. The writing felt pretty simplistic but, the twists make the story interesting and fast paced. For a while I wasn't sure who was the guilty party but, eventually figured it out. There was also a stunner of an ending which felt weird and thrown in for extra effect. This wasn't perfect but, I loved it for the quick read it was.