The Couple Next Door
An instant New York Times bestseller. Look out for Shari Lapena's next thriller, A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, coming August 2017.
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.
Winner of WH Smith Book of the Year 2016.
"Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page" Harlan Coben "'A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman'" Tess Gerritsen "'I thought the read-it-in-one-sitting thing was a cliche. Not any more'" Linwood Barclay "'2016's most talked-about new thriller'" Stylist "'Real men read women writers - because of books like this. Trust me'" Lee Child "Shari Lapena furnishes a clever array of motives and suspects. The tension is high and remains to the last, stunning page" The Times "Entirely compelling, utterly realistic and told in a wonderfully effective spare narrative. You will not see the twists coming" Daily Mail "Provocative and shocking. One crime, an entire neighborhood of suspects, secrets and lies. How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you'll never guess the truth...until it's too late" Lisa Gardner "A gripping page-turner" Bella "A treat of a thriller that careers along at breakneck page" Good Housekeeping's Good Reads "The Couple Next Doors hits all those thriller sweet spots, with its characters acting in the worst ways possible and a plot that speeds through to a hell of a climax...you can't not read it this summer." Stylist "Lapena leads us on a cunningly plotted cat-and-mouse trail to the truth while building a horribly queasy portrait of a marriage under terrific strain" Metro "Gripped me from the very beginning to the very end!" Becky Masterman, author of RAGE AGAINST THE DYING "I read this novel at one sitting absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!" Sue Grafton "...stark, bluntly told emotional thriller. Dizzying hairpin twists and turns." Sainsbury's magazine "Gripping, pacy, with characters that keep you guessing and second guessing. Loved it" Tammy Cohen "A riveting thriller." woman&home "[A] suspenseful, heart-wrenching debut" Publishers Weekly "The new The GIRL ON THE TRAIN." I MAGAZINE "Every chapter poses another question in this gripping thriller documenting every parent's worst fear" Essentials
Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before writing fiction. Her debut thriller, The Couple Next Door was a global bestseller.