Book review: The Couple Next Door

There are good books and there are great books and, every now and again (usually due to my mum picking them out and sending them halfway across the world to my doorstep), I have the opportunity to open one of these gems and get so engulfed in a story I don’t ever want it to end. And that is exactly what happened with the book I just finished, titled ‘The Couple Next Door’. 

Written by Sharli Lapena, The Couple Next Door is an unpredictable thriller that draws you in page-by-page and has your imagination going wild from the get-go.

From the first few pages, I found myself emotional and, without spoiling anything, I am going to give you an idea of what the book is about and why I think every bookworm should read it.

What ‘The Couple Next Door’ is about

In short and without spoilers, The Couple Next Door is about a husband and wife who leave their baby alone at home while they enjoy dinner with friends at the neighbouring house. While next door sipping on wine, their baby gets kidnapped and panic ensues!

Throughout the book there are twists and turns that I did not expect, horror as their baby’s disappearance is investigated, and an emotional rollercoaster that has your eyes (or at least my eyes) bulging in shock, horror and sometimes relief as you get halfway through the story.

Having never read a book by Shari Lapena before, I did not know what to expect, but The Couple Next Door takes you on an ‘adventure’ you would never want to experience yourself and exposes the fact that you never really quite know anyone as well as you think!

If you are a reader who enjoys a really good thriller that will throw surprises your way in each and every chapter, The Couple Next Door should be next on your reading list. Seriously…


For those in South Africa, you can find if on Takealot and it retails for R175 (but is currently on special for R145). 

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  • Reply Tammi

    Thank you! From your first pic of that one page, I honestly couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. It’s definitely on my list after this review though 😀

    July 31, 2018 at 3:18 pm
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