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Summary

The No. 1 Sunday Times best-seller and WHSmith Book of the Year 2016

People are capable of almost anything.

Fast-paced and addictive, The Couple Next Door announces a major new talent in thriller writing.

You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you live only next door. You'll have the baby monitor, and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of when pushed past your limit?

©2016 Shari Lapena (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"2016's most talked-about new thriller." ( Stylist)
"Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page." (Harlan Coben)
"How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you'll never guess the truth...until it's too late." (Lisa Gardner)

What members say

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An enjoyable listen

I liked the twists but it was slow to start.
Narrated well and a clever ending.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

I have no idea why anyone would give this a bad review! Each to their own I supose. I thought this plot was top notch. Lots of twists and a few red herrings. Very clever. Kept me hooked from the very start, and couldnt stop listening. Narrator excellent too. No trouble in understanding her, she read beautifully. No hesitation in giving whole package 5 stars.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Lots of Twists

Just when you think you are accusing one person another comes into the frame. Very much enjoyed how it all linked together in the end. Wasn't sure about ending.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great story beautifully written

Love this book! I bought the audio so I could listen in the day and read the book at night. The reader ruins it, her voice is very irritating!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A few hours I won't get back

Truly ridiculous story line. I'll be getting a refund on this book. Ludicrous story line and so many repetitive 'he says' that it drove me mad. Surely a decent author comes up with other words and ways to narrate speech between characters? Poor story. Just can't recommend

32 of 36 people found this review helpful

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good book bit long winded in places

good story with a twist. keeps you guessing for most of the book but then it all falls into place

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Is this meant to be a joke?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better plot, more believable characters, an ending that did not feel as if the writer had become desperate to finish it!

Has The Couple Next Door put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all!

Would you be willing to try another one of Kirsten Potter’s performances?

Almost certaintainly not.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

..Anger that something so poor could have received recommendations from publishers and reviewers.

Any additional comments?

A good idea wasted is my reaction.

30 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Amazing book

I love the book as it was full of surprises the reader was amazing as she has the ability to change from character to character she really add personality to the book definitely would recommend to everyone
Millie doyle age 13

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Thoroughly enjoyable

An interesting plot which was well narrated. I enjoyed listening. None of the characters are particularly likeable but that didn't seem to matter with this story.

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Loved it

Really enjoyed this book! Exciting , smartly written great till the end . Definitely recommend this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • barbara
  • 23-02-18

The Couple Next Door

I could not put this reading down, what an excellent book in all ways, suspense, narration, story everything, loved it from start to end, looking so forward to the next book.

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  • ranika
  • 11-12-17

Repetitive and boring

The characters in this book made me want to bash my own head in. So repetitive, nothing new happens until the last chapter.

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  • Savanna Aver
  • 14-08-17

Good read

Where does The Couple Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first audiobook. It won't be my last.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Couple Next Door?

Realizing the plot and who was involved. Don't want to give anything away to the readers who have not yet read the book.

What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

Great narrator. Enjoyed her voice, found it quite expressive.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm afraid not.

Any additional comments?

Good read/listen. Nice twist at the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-17

Awful

This was the worst book I have read this year. The storyline is bad. The characters are one dimensional. What a waste of time

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  • Gwendolyn Westbrook
  • 06-03-17

Enjoyed tremendously!

Great story that kept me entertained and anxious to know what was next. Lots of twists!!

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  • barbara
  • 22-10-16

An excellent thriller with many twists and turns

If you could sum up The Couple Next Door in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, believable, fast-paced

What did you like best about this story?

It has many unexpected twists. The plot attracted me but the actual story was even better than I anticipated. The story was very well told with plenty of detail but not so much that it was boring or monotonous.

What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice brought the characters to life. They were all well developed and believable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The incident in the school bathroom. Without giving anything away it was quite shocking.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book. I enjoyed the whole story. The baby's mother's story was well thought out and had a lot of depth.