The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
It’s been a while since I’ve rated a book 5 stars! All of the mysteries and thrillers I’ve read lately start off very promising, but then don’t end up making the cut. This story had me hooked from start to finish. I actually finished it in one day because I just did not want to put it down.
Marco and Anne Conti are invited to a dinner party–but the baby sitter cancels at the last minute. After a heated argument, they finally decide to leave the baby at home and they’ll take turns checking on her every half hour since it’s right next door. This set up is fine until the baby disappears.
This tale is weaved so well that I really wasn’t sure “whodunit” at all. I had even been texting my boyfriend about each development in the story and how I definitely would not have guessed what was going to happen with each new arc. With this being Shari’s debut novel, I am highly impressed. I cannot wait for her to write more books so I can spend a day devouring them.
I don’t even want to tell you more about this story because I don’t want to give anything away. I was just so distressed and excited with each new page. Read this book–it’s so well worth the time.