The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

Book - 2016
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A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors, a twisty rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. They seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby. 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.
Publisher: Toronto, ON :, Doubleday Canada,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780385686945
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAP
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 23 cm

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A baby is kidnapped while her parents are at a dinner party next door. This story is a wild ride of emotions combined with plot twists that I never saw coming. If you like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train and are looking for a quick read, this book is for you! —Michelle


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empbee
Dec 08, 2017

Good beginning, slipping, repetitive page fillers at times and an ending that feels just put there. A fast read all the same.

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Yoo_hoo5
Nov 05, 2017

With all the twists in the book, I was expecting a bit more of a surprise ending, but, as others have said, the ending is a bit disappointing.
The storyline was intriguing enough, but it didn't really go anywhere after the initial plot started revealing itself. Sort of predictable.

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bucky_j
Oct 23, 2017

Super easy and enjoyable read. The ending, as several others have said, was weird and I feel it could have been left out.

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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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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