“The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena

Publication Release Date:  August 23, 2016

Publisher:  Penguin Group Viking

A baby girl is kidnapped.  Who did it?  Every family member appears to be grieving in a manner of total belief.  At the same time, every family member is suspect for good reasons.   The mom has episodes of violence accompanied with a memory loss after her actions.  The father may be having an affair and is definitely having financial problems that he is not sharing with his wife.  The controlling maternal grandparents (the only ones around) despise their son-in-law and would love nothing more than to find a way to get him out of the family.

Needless to say, there were more twists and turns in this book than a rollercoaster.  Some are so extreme that it made them questionable.  The reader discovers who kidnapped the baby about halfway through the story.  Still, the author has new secrets with their own mysteries keeping us involved.

This is not the best psychological thriller that I have ever read.  Nor was the writing particularly stellar.  But, this is a good beach book requiring no serious thinking.  And I was in the mood for a beach book when I downloaded this review copy onto my Kindle.  So, take out your beach chair and as long as you are not expecting another “Gone Girl” I think you will enjoy the tale.  I did.



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