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review 2019-01-13 17:12
A Thousand Nos
The Couple Next Door: A Novel - Shari Lapena

Sometimes you read a book that you can't believe is so bad you just keep reading it. This was one of those books. The shifting narratives don't work, you pretty much know who did what it's just a wait for the cops to figure it out. The only reason why I didn't zero star this thing was the ending which made me go, huh. 


"The Couple Next Door" follows Anne and Marco Conti. A happily married couple (or it appears to be so) with a new baby girl at home, they are out of the house for the night. They are next door at their neighbor's helping to celebrate the husband's (Gregory) birthday. Anne is distressed though, she didn't want to leave their daughter Cora at home, and their neighbor forbid them to bring the baby (who does that?) and when Anne and Marco return home, they find their daughter missing. The book follows the investigation of who could have taken Cora and why. 


I think if Lapena had stayed with following Anne and including some narrative from detective Rasbach that it would have worked. Rasbach was investigating things and coming up with information on Anne and Marco. I rather it would have been delivered without readers knowing about it, or without us hearing about it from other characters first. The whole book read as lackluster as anything.


Lapena provides POVs from Anne, Marco, Detective Rashbach, and the Conti's next door neighbor, Cynthia. And we get some narration from Anne's father. I think he popped up twice. I only really liked Rasbach's POV. Though in the end he didn't solve much of anything since he is told what really went on in the end.


The writing was a disappointment. I just felt at times I was being spoonfed everything and it just got boring. The flow was pretty bad too. Probably because we kept jumping around to these four people with some additions from Anne's father here and there. I think we even got Anne's mother too. I just can't even remember anymore since this book just had a bit too much going on. 


The ending was a surprise. Probably the only thing that was while I was reading this. 

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text 2019-01-12 17:37
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Couple Next Door: A Novel - Shari Lapena

Wow. This was next level terrible. 

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text 2018-09-05 13:46
My August 2018
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena
Romeo and Juliet - Crystel S Chan,William Shakespeare
Wilde About The Girl - Louise Pentland
The Couple Next Door - 3.5 stars
Romeo and Juliet - dnf
Wilde About The Girl - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Wilde About The Girl


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Harry Potter, Moxie


Apparently the less books I read, the more time I need to actually post my wrap up. When it comes to reading this year, I just feel off. I love reading, I read all the time, but I don't finish any books and it's driving me up the wall. I mean I'm still one/two books ahead on my reading challenge, so I'm not THAT bad, but it still bothers me a lot.

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review 2018-08-17 13:51
The Couple Next Door!!!
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena

German and english review (spoilerfree)
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.


Inhalt: Jedes Paar hat seine Geheimnisse. Manche sind tödlich ...

Deine Nachbarin möchte nicht, dass du dein Baby zur Dinnerparty mitbringst. Dein Ehemann sagt, das sei schon in Ordnung. Ihr wohnt ja gleich nebenan. Außerdem habt ihr ein Babyfon und könnt abwechselnd nach der Kleinen sehen. Deine Tochter schläft, als du das letzte Mal nach ihr siehst. Doch jetzt herrscht Totenstille im Haus. Du rennst ins Kinderzimmer - und dein schlimmster Alptraum wird wahr: Die Wiege ist leer.

Es bleibt nur eins: die Polizei zu rufen - doch wer weiß, was sie finden wird ...


Fangen wir mal mit dem Positiven an. Ich mochte den Schreibstil total, es war spannend und es war wirklich sehr unterhaltsam. Vor allem ließ sich das Buch wirklich unheimlich schnell lesen, man ist nur so von einem Kapitel zum Nächsten geflogen. Gerade ich als Fan von kurzen Kapiteln, war super zufrieden. Ich fand das sich die Spannung bis zum Ende hin gehalten hat, es gab so viele Wendungen, die man zwar teilweise hat kommen sehen, die aber trotzdem schockierend waren, dass sich die Story wirklich in die Richtung bewegt.


Für mich persönlich ist es ein Buch, dass ich von der Story her total klasse fand und das mich wirklich begeistert hat. In dem Buch geht es für mich nicht um die Charaktere, denn die waren einfach sowas von unnahbar. Ich mochte keinen von ihnen. Die Entscheidungen die getroffen wurden, die Geheimnisse, die offenbart wurden, und die Dinge, die getan wurden. Nope.


Trotzdem werde ich auf jeden fall weitere Bücher der Autorin lesen. 'A Stranger In The House' ist schon auf meinem Tablet. Ich finde den Schreibstil einfach wirklich gut.




Summary: It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster 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.


Let's start with the positive. I really liked the writing a lot, it was suspenseful and just really entertaining. This book was such a fast read, I just flew from one chapter to the next. I'm such a big fan of short chapters and this book delivered. I think the suspense was there until the very end, there were so many twists and turns, most of them I saw coming, I still think it was shocking that the story developed like that and went there.


For me personally, this is a book that I loved for it's story and that really intrigued me. It wasn't about the characters, cause they were just unapproachable. I didn't like a single one of them. The decisions that were being made, the secrets that got out, and the things that were done. NOPE.


Still, I totally wanna read more books from the author. 'A Stranger In The House' is already on my tablet. I just really like her writing.

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text 2018-08-10 21:05
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena


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