The Couple Next Door

We’re back on a book review. I’m reviewing the Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena.

I can confirm, the reason for choosing this book was witnessing a woman read this on the tube. You could tell from the way she was reading she was gripped. I too wanted to be gripped.

I can confirm. It is gripping.

As a book, it only has a few characters – the family, the neighbour and the police. Even with a small set of characters there are plenty of developments in their character, creating a lot of twists as the book goes on.

I think one of the interesting things about the book is how it unearths how little we truly know about our neighbours. A lot of things can be happening on the other side of a wall and we don’t have a clue what is going on.

And this is when the revelations develop more. On the surface, the main family look like your perfect couple. However, as the book goes on it becomes clearer there are less savoury items lurking under the surface.

I think the other perk of this book comes from the “who done it” aspect. Usually, it becomes clear who the perpetrator is. I must have guessed all characters did it at one point. A sign of a good mystery!

Well worth picking up off the shelf, but much harder to put it back!

Next up, I’ll be reviewing On my Life by Angela Clarke.

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