The Couple Next Door Book Review/Rant

This is one of those books that I saw a lot of in 2017. It seemed like it was always accompanied with The Woman in Cabin 10… like seriously, I always saw these two books together! Anyways, I prefer paperbacks over hardcovers and so I waited awhile to get my hands on this one. Barnes and Noble recently had a sale going on so I snagged it up! I was very excited to start this book but I ended up being very disappointed.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Characters

0/20 There are 9 characters that I can think of and not a single one was interesting. Seriously, they were all boring and very flat. I will give the author credit for trying to give the two main characters some depth and dark secrets but it just didn’t work. I didn’t like any of the characters and because of that it was very difficult for me to have an interest in the story.

Writing Style & Flow

10/20 I like how the author writes but the flow of the story did not work very well. I hated that this was in third person and I truly believe that the book would have worked a lot better if it had been in first person perspective with alternating character POVs for each chapter. The writing itself was okay although in chapter 31 in the fifth paragraph well…we get this gem… and yes, I’m being sarcastic.

*MAJOR SPOILERS* Highlight with cursor to read.

He must have rearranged for someone, for the dead man, to be waiting in his car in the garage at twelve thirty…… He planned it. With this man who is now dead…. (few sentences later) *CHARACTER* abducted their baby, with this other man, who is now dead.

Story/Plot Lines

5/20 The tagline on the front cover is 100% lame. “It all started at a dinner party” made me giggle when I read it. And cringe. I actually had not read the back cover of this so I did not know what the book was going to be about but it is about a baby being kidnapped from a couple’s home while they are away. The whole concept of a child being kidnapped is legit terrifying so I was actually really intrigued, drawn in and spooked in the first chapter when all of this was unfolding. Sadly, that was about the only time I was intrigued. I give it 5 points because the story itself is a good idea, it was just poorly executed in my opinion and the entire thing left me very underwhelmed.

Overall/Ending/Emotional Value

5/20 One word describes the ending: weak. I actually figured out who dunnit towards the beginning of the book and half way through the novel the author reveals to you who did it (and I was right!) but because it’s so soon and there is still 50% left of the book she tries to write a twist to shock you… which is sort of a twist but it was so lame and cheap. It didn’t make me *gasp* so I count it as a fail. I didn’t feel anything when reading this except annoyance. Yes in chapter 1 I was very intrigued and scared because hellooo a child being kidnapped is scary!! Sigh. This could have and should have been a great, suspenseful read but *throws up hands* …it just wasn’t!

Would I recommend this book? No 0/10

Would I re-read this book? No 0/10

Overall Rating: 20/100 (1 out of 5 stars)

I would not recommend this book. I also did not like The Woman in Cabin 10 so I find it very interesting that the two books I constantly saw paired up together turned out to be two of my lowest rated books on Goodreads. Even though I didn’t like this one I will definitely be getting another book by Shari Lapena (The Stranger in the House) so I hope I enjoy that one more!

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13 thoughts on “The Couple Next Door Book Review/Rant

  1. I am loving your honesty! I remember seeing this book pop up constantly last year but never got around to reading it. I did read The Woman in Cabin 10 and I didn’t mind it, I thought that it was interesting. There were parts that I was not a fan of, but it was okay. I can’t say that I am going to actively try to read The Couple Next Door ha ha!

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      1. I would go ahead and give it another try if you have time! I felt that Laura’s downfalls were believable, but I remember rolling my eyes a lot at her actions and commentary. When you mention that she made you feel like you were going crazy it reminded me of a book I read that the main character who was extremely paranoid made ME feel super paranoid! I just spent twenty minutes trying to remember which book it was… and I think it is Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes!

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      2. Yeah I think I definitely do need to read it again! Maybe I can even try an audiobook version, just so it’s a little bit different… hmmm!!! I read the book in the beginning of December so I can’t remember every bit of why I didn’t like it, but I do know that the silliest reason of me not liking it was because of her name “Lo”, I didn’t like that nickname or how many times she introduced herself OR that every character seemed to call say “Hi there Lo Blacklock” instead of just saying “hey”… lol! If I remember correctly, it WAS such a mystery to me as to who the mysterious woman in cabin 10 was and I DID like that part of it… also I remember feeling spooked when I kept seeing those missing person reports (because I was like OH EM GEE DID THEY JUST KILL LAUREN? was it Laura or Lauren??? lol) so yeah I think you’ve convinced me to definitely give it another chance!! 2x is the charm!?! hehe

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      3. For some reason it won’t let me comment on your latest reply, so I am commenting here. I’ve never tried an audiobook version of any book so you will have to let me know how you like it! I think I remember her getting called Lo Blacklock a lot and it being annoying to me as well. I felt that the author did a great job mystery wise because every time I thought I knew who it was I was proven wrong. Now I can’t remember if it was Laura or Lauren ha ha!!

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    1. So funny, I also can’t find the reply button now either! lol! OMG, I grabbed my book to double check and legit could not find her name anywhere but I saw so many “Lo Blacklock”s! lmaooo oh man!! but you were right, it’s Laura! this entire time I kept thinking it was Lauren, lol. I JUST started listening to audiobooks. I listened to the 1st harry potter last month and right now I’m actually listening to a book by Ruth Ware (author of the woman in cabin 10) it’s called The Lying Game and TBH I am LOVING it!! This is why I think I miiiiight just enjoy The woman in cabin 10 audiobook-version, but I will definitely let you know 😉

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      1. Oh how strange! Well, the reply button showed up for this comment ha ha. I laughed out loud at your comment about not being able to find the full name of the main character. She was referenced as Lo so many times! The Lying Game is on my “to read” list! I am going to have to bump it up and try to get my hands on it soon! I think that starting out with Harry Potter as an audio book would be the way to go since it is already so loved!

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  2. Last year when I started to get into reading again, this is the first book I read and I loved it! But a year and many books later I read Stranger in the House and hated it… definitely good ideas in theory but I agree, now that I look back, this is such a poorly wrote book which is a shame because the concept is a really good one!

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    1. Oh I’m super bummed that you didn’t like Stranger in the House. I am still super intrigued to see how that one turns out… I’m still going to keep my fingers crossed and hope it’s a good one, hehe. thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 🙂

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  3. Meh. Kinda bummed this book and Woman in Cabin 10 didn’t live up to expectations. I saw them a lot too last year and actually added them to my Amazon wishlist… good thing nobody got it for me for Christmas cause that would’ve been a waste. Have you read Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh? I actually liked that one!

    cabin twenty-four

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    1. I knowwww I really wanted to like them! :/ I think I’m going to re-read the woman in cabin 10 though… or at least listen to the audiobook. Maybe if I read it again I will enjoy it!?! IDK!! lol

      I have not read that book but it sounds like something I would enjoy. I just added it to my Goodreads list to read later!! thanks for the recommendation 😉

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  4. I was really underwhelmed by this book too. Like you said the premise made it sound really intriguing, but the way the book was written didn’t really work for me either.

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