Shari Lapena, The Couple Next Door

“Real men read women writers because of books like this. Trust me.” 

Lee Child


“[A] suspenseful, heart-wrenching debut . . . just when everything appears to be resolved. Lapena delivers one final deftly-crafted surprise.”

Publishers Weekly



“Brisk prose style and character development are almost beside the point in Lapena’s suspense-fiction debut; this is a plot-driven page-turner, and even the most character-focused readers will find it hard to put down.”



Shari Lapena’s explosive suspense debut THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking; On-Sale: August 23, 2016) inspired enthusiastic praise from #1 New York Times Bestselling authors like Sue Grafton, Harlan Coben, and Lee Child—almost from the moment it was sold.  THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is a chilling psychological thriller about a young couple whose lives are changed forever when one night, a snap decision leads to every parent’s worst nightmare. An addictive tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is the perfect read for the doldrums of summer. 


Anne and Marco Conti have a new baby, a beautiful townhouse, and a growing company with the right investors. One night when the sitter cancels, instead of skipping the dinner party they’ve committed to—just next door at the neighbors’—they decide to bring the baby monitor and check on their young daughter every thirty minutes. In the short time between their shifts the baby is snatched without a trace. 

In the following days, the Contis must cope with their grief and self-doubt, as well as the growing suspicion of the police. Their every move and private lives scrutinized by the media and Detective Rasbach, the Conti family begins to unravel. As layer upon layer of lies and deception are peeled back, Marco is driven to desperation and Anne to the brink of madness.


Lapena’s chilling tale pits the banal decisions and failures of everyday life against the pressure to do everything right as a parent. Using this very relatable material, Lapena then pumps up the volume and transforms the story into a seat-of-the-pants thriller. This is the kind of book you tear through in one sitting, only to find it popping up unexpectedly in your dreams months later. 


THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR will thrill you just as it makes you wonder, how well do you know your neighbors, your family, your spouse—or even yourself?  Who can you ever really trust?  



Shari Lapena was a lawyer and an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two previous novels: Things Go Flying, shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award, and Happiness Economics, a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. She lives in Toronto. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is her suspense debut, and has sold in more than twenty-two markets.


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ISBN: 9780735221109
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 30th, 2017


Shari Lapena's new thriller, A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, is available now from Viking Books

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