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The Couple Next Door

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Shari Lapena

Narrated By: Kirsten Potter

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: August 2016

Duration: 8 hours 40 minutes



The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages.' --People

'Provocative and shocking.'--Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find HerI read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline.

'The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!' - Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X

It all started at a dinner party. . . 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. . . 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.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.


  • monique c

    I would listen to this book in the car and didn't want my drive to end because i wanted to find out what happened next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • cianna M


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mauri Pioppo

    Poorly written, none of the characters were convincing. I thought the narration was overly dramatic and found her voice grating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Heather walker

    The story repeated itself over and over. Would not recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Shannon E.

    Ugh. What a mess. The story started out entertaining and suspenseful enough, but the conclusion was idiotic. Very over-dramatic and unrealistic. *Spoiler Alert* I hated that at the end you are supposed to be rooting for the husband, who cheated on his insecure and depressed wife who had just had a baby-a baby that he set up to be kidnapped in order to get MORE money from his in-laws that he apparently felt entitled to for some reason. I mean come on. In real life would you really forgive this guy? And the wife SLAPPED her six month old baby. Multiple times. And at the end you are supposed to be happy that the baby was returned to these psychos? Please. What a waste of 8 hrs.

  • Andrea m

    Shari Lapena was on the right track. This book could have been great but she didn't quite pull it off. Just not realistic at all. I was left disappointed. In the 1st couple of chapters the narrator seemed nervous and read way to fast. The sentences seemed jumbled and ran on and on. She did improve as the story continued.

  • Martha T

    OMG!! I loved this book. Started it on a five hour trip in my car and had to finish it the next day at home!! I didn’t want it to end!!!

  • Carman C

    really enjoyed this book ... I couldn’t stop listening

  • Katie C

    *****SPOILERS BELOW**** I almost didn’t read this novel after reading some of the negative reviews. I hate unlikable characters that make incredible stupid decisions and characters that don’t communicate. This is what you’ll get here. A cast of unlikable characters, some are a cliché (Marco) and others will surprise you. Anne is struggling with postpartum depression and her 6 month old baby, Cora, is kidnapped. She feels awful because she and her husband, Marco, decided to leave Cora home alone to go to a party next door. The couple next door has a secret… everyone has a secret. It’s a psychological thriller with a lot of plot lines. There’s so much going on with each of the characters that I found it thoroughly compelling. I really like the writing style and third person omniscient point of view. You got to read what each character was thinking and it made it so much better. It keeps you guessing and even when you think you’ve reached the climax, it throws another surprise at you.

  • Kristen N

    This book was just ok.. There were too many gaps and holes in the story to make it legitimate. The narrator has a heavy emphasis on her tone and enunciation of many words and is annoying and pedantic at times. A page turner for sure, and acceptable if you want a quick crime drama without having to commit cerebrally