The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

Book - 2016
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When a terrible crime committed on the night of a dinner party casts suspicion on a young couple who seemed to have it all, Detective Rasbach discovers that the panicked duo had been hiding dangerous secrets from each other for years.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2016]
ISBN: 9780735221086
0735221081
Branch Call Number: FIC LAPENA, SHARI
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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JCLMeganK Oct 10, 2017

While this book was definitely one that I had to keep reading to find out what happened, I felt something lacking. Perhaps it was the simplistic writing style, or the fact I did not find any of the characters especially likable. Nevertheless, that's fairly easy to look past as the story itself is engaging enough that it kept me interested. I would recommend this for a quick, suspenseful read, but would not say it was an outstanding book.

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ilaschmaltz
Aug 31, 2017

Loved this book! Such a page Turner, I could not put it down. I gave it 4.5 stars because the last 10 pages or so I found took away from the book a bit. Still a great read.

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cassmazza
Aug 28, 2017

This book could have been a bit more realistic, but it is overall a great read. It really is a 'page turner'- I finished the book in just a few hours! I loved the general idea of having a kidnapped baby with the disturbing twists to the story. But I expected a little more from the ending.

Pat2686 Aug 26, 2017

A real page turner. Didn't like the ending.

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natalieklann
Jul 26, 2017

This book did not do it for me. It started out great, but I really thought the real perpetrator in the end was silly. In the end it read like a soap opera.

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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

This book is honestly somewhat difficult for me to rate. I was rather captivated, but the ending was so...random??

I was super annoyed that the parents could be so selfish and completely victimize their baby as the outcome of their personal problems (i.e., finance and health). However, at times, I couldn't help feeling bad for them and sympathizing.

The tone was fine for me. Straightforward, right to the point. BUT I was getting annoyed at all the sentences starting with pronouns.

The Couple Next Door gave me some pretty significant messages too. It's a reminder that money can be blinding, causing people to make some awful choices.

Anyway, I really can't say much about the book—seeing that it's a mystery and I don't want to reveal too much—but I did like it.

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ralwal
Jul 22, 2017

Too plodding and repetitive for the first half.

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balakumarnair
Jul 15, 2017

A good read with a decent plot. I liked the twists and turns in the second half of the book.

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Kmum1
Jul 12, 2017

I picked up a used copy of this book, my main characters went by the names of Marco and Anna. Starting this book, I was hooked by chapter two. Having had no idea what the book was about but having seen it on the book charts I figured I was in for a good read. The first half of this book is decent, the last half is terrible. I have a sneaky feeling that the author figured out the ending after writing the first half and in an attempt to make sure everything fell into place, starting adding in all the applicable information to make the ending work. I found the storyline unbelieavable and the twists lame.

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amandaselene
Jul 11, 2017

The characters were not likeable, but it did have some interesting parts. I felt that the plot was actually fairly predictable due to the fact that there weren't many characters in the story so it wasn't that hard to figure out the "who done it". The quality of the writing was just ok. It's a good book to read at the beach, but didn't offer much beyond that.

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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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jmli
Jul 23, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Nutty
Jun 21, 2017

Nutty thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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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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