This year, I’m on a quest to read 15 books! Last year, I made it and read 12 books (which was more than I’ve done in a long time). I’m trucking along pretty well this year, and have read the following books:
- You Need a Budget
- Two Girls Down
- The Circle
I ended up picking The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena as my next book. As always, before I get into my recap, here’s what the synopsis is:
It all started at a dinner party. . .
A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night, when they are at a Dinner Party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately lands on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked Couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
Honestly, I was disappointed by this book.
I was about 150 pages in (which is about halfway, it’s a short read) and pretty much had it figured out… and since I wanted to check it off as a completed book, I kept pushing through to finish it. I read it mostly in the airport and on the plane, but I am not quite sure I would even recommend it for that… meh. I usually like easy thrillers like this because they are fast reads and intriguing, but The Couple Next Door definitely missed the mark for me.
(I am interested to hear from anyone who has read this book — I have learned that my mood while reading a book impacts how I feel about it… and maybe I was just in too optimistic of a mood while reading to enjoy it. ;))
What are you reading now? What’s the last book that you finished?