The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

Book - 2016
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"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."--
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2016]
ISBN: 9780735221086
0735221081
Branch Call Number: FIC LAPENA 2016
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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“This book is so full of twists and turns that my head was swiveling. Who took baby Cora? Marco and Anne decide to leave their baby home alone. After all, they share a wall with their neighbors, with whom they are partying. They would take turns checking in on her baby monitor. But when they retu... Read More »


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Dexter_Morgan
Jun 20, 2019

This book grabbed me right at the first page. Even after a few pages I decided to give this book 5 stars. Quite the page turner. Lots of twists and turns.

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Kristen MERKE
May 14, 2019

Wow, what a let down. Truly. Talk about the most boring couple on EARTH, boohoo we were invited to a dinner party with the neighbors. Really that's the whole issue right from Chapter 1. Anne is beyond annoying, and I hardly feel bad her child was taken. Half this book is just her wailing about Cora and then reminding us she's depressed. Actually she's (comically) obsessed with her mental illness; really I just think the author assumes depressed people only think about their depression. Hint: that's not true!! We have other thoughts too.

Marco is a useless pile of dirt who blames his failing marriage on his wife's depression, which given how it's all she talks about I almost can't blame him, but it's clear he's been less than supportive of her through it all. Tip-toeing around and treating her like a fragile little baby animal. The portrayal of mental health in this book is abysmal if you haven't already gathered that. Between Anne's obsession with her own depression and Marco's conviction it's the problem of everything; it's clear the author has no clue about the subject matter.

The only mildly interesting character is vilified because she's "sexually deviant." Shocker. This book isn't full of twists, it's a spoon-feeding of events; all tell and no show. It's predictable and there's nothing to figure out on your own. And what a cliched ending.

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justahunch
Apr 26, 2019

I read this a while back and I can say now that it has one of the more memorable last pages I can remember.

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jaybird443
Apr 08, 2019

This is an entertaining read. Keeps you interested in turning the page. The only criticism is it is a little bit too predictable.

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FarmerDJ
Mar 07, 2019

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I'd rate it more than five stars if I could. I loved the ending.

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Catwriter
Feb 23, 2019

Good read.
I like the writing style. Clear and concise. There are twists as expected but I didn't expect the twist at the very end.

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BaileyandCasey
Feb 21, 2019

Terrible book. Too slow moving!!

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dannimcq
Feb 15, 2019

Predictable, repetitive and frustratingly unrealistic. I did make it through to the end, but rolled my eyes about a million times to get there. If you like a quick easy read with some twists and turns, go for it.

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beetlebaily
Jan 31, 2019

Enjoyable fast read. Overly complicated but the writing is nice.

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spudwil
Jan 14, 2019

Although much of the plot was predictable and often implausible, I did enjoy it and found it entertaining. Some of the characters were not well developed but in general the story went along at a good pace until the end, which seemed rushed. A quick read for sure.

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Jun 04, 2019

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Kristen MERKE
May 14, 2019

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

Sexual Content: A flirtatious scene

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

Violence: Murder

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

Coarse Language: Cussing

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jaxsrose
Jul 01, 2018

What the heck was up with that ending?

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

A couple's baby is kidnapped while the parents are at their neighbors' party.

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

"He's very agitated. He wipes his sweaty hands on his pants."

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