The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
What a delicious, quick read! The Couple Next Door has everything I love about a good thriller: shady characters, mystery, twisty plot and a lot of deception.
But! It also has quite a few things I consider a downer. The lack of character development is glaringly obvious, so if you like getting to know the people you are reading about, this book is probably not for you. It’s all about the plot, and any personal details from Anne’s troubled past seem to serve only as a device to cast some doubts about her involvement in the disappearance of her daughter.
Detective Rasbach? Dude’s nothing more than an ever looming presence, barely a person in spite of having quite a big role in finding out what happened to baby Cora, has his own chapters where he goes and does things on his own and everything!
Even though it’s not so hard to figure out what happened to the poor child, this remains a compulsive page turner. I mean, you just need to see what other wild stuff the author can still throw at you!
This is not one of those books I would go on and on about, raving and telling everyone they should read it. But if you are looking for some quick entertainment to take your mind off stuff, a story involving a bunch of dubious people caught up in something disturbing, you would most likely enjoy The Couple Next Door just as much as I did.
I look forward to reading the Shari Lapena’s next book.