THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR: A REVIEW by guest author Savanna Sanchez, student in my Advanced Writing class

As a huge fan of the TV show, Law and Order:SVU, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a novel that held my attention from the very beginning. The Couple Next Door is a riveting tale about a seemingly ordinary couple. While at a party next door, Anne and Marco Conti’s baby, Cora is kidnapped. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents.  But the truth is a much more complicated story. The detective assigned to case, Detective Rasbach, believes the couple is hiding something. As he works to discover the truth of Cora’s disappearance, Anne and Marco discover they are both keeping secrets from each other. Are the Conti’s actually responsible for Cora’s disappearance? What unravels in this novel  is a story full of secrets, deception, and lies.

Shari Laperna writes from the point of view of all the characters, revealing details to the reader that the other characters do not know yet. This keeps the reader constantly on edge, waiting for the other characters to discover the secrets you just read. Unfortunately, this also makes the book a bit slow-moving.  Scenes often occur twice, from the viewpoint of two different characters. However, the conclusion of the novel was not at all what I expected, and a chill still runs down my spine when I think about it. Does Detective Rasbach find Cora? Are the parents responsible? What are Anne and Marco hiding? Next time you are at the bookstore, be sure to pick up The Couple Next Door. You will not be disappointed.

Note from Rae: Please use the “leave a response box” to comment on Savanna’s review and encourage her to possibly begin a book review blog of her own. Thanks.