THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR BY SHARI LAPENA
Psychological Thriller & Mystery
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Rating: 3.5 stats
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?
Shari Lapena has certainly wrote a good debut novel with The Couple Next Door. Now, while it may not be the best psychological thriller that I have ever read, it does show promise for the genre. Why? Because it is driven by tension and leaves readers gripping the book with all their strength. It oozes with untold secrets and lies, and is downright suspenseful until the very end. Readers may find that they have some sort of clue as to what is going to happen only to be torn from their suspicions when they find out what is really going on... The high stakes tension is unnerving and readers wish for the best but knowing the worst it yet to come... And the author does all of this justice.
Now, some may wonder why if I think so highly of this novel that I have given it only 3 stars. First, in my reviewing, 3 stars means the book is good. Although, I did feel like something was either missing or something with the characters bugged me. In this case, I feel like I was expecting something different when I went into the story. First, the title is The Couple Next Door. This immediately lead me to believe that someones neighbors has some sinister agenda that would play out through the novel. While this may be true, it's not exactly 100% accurate in my opinion. Sure, a couple is hiding something, and there is definitely some sinister stuff going on, but the title doesn't necessarily due it justice. Once you read it you will probably understand what I mean.
Other than this I definitley enjoyed the novel and am looking forward to the authors next release in August. Yes, the next book (another standalone) is coming and it is called A Stranger in the House