img_0808     THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena

The premise of The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is about a couple who decide to leave their six month baby at home after the babysitter cancels to attend a dinner party at the neighbours next door. Between their half-hour checks, their baby mysteriously disappears from her crib.

This book was just mediocre. It started off with a lot of promise, but started to lose its lustre about halfway through with thin and oftentimes guessable plot turns and characters that lacked depth and believability. The writing was also too simplistic for my taste and almost written like an instruction manual; like I wouldn’t be able to figure things out on my own. The ending was unsatisfying, contrived and left me feeling jilted. I read quite a few mystery thrillers so the plot has to be gripping, realistic and sadistically surprising to get a 5 star rating. I rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed: December 29, 2016. Novel Publish Date: August 23, 2016.


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