You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.
Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.
Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.
Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised She’s gone.
You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.
What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?
When I read the description for The Couple Next Door it certainly piqued my interest and I just knew I had to read it. After a couple leave their six month daughter alone to attend a dinner party next door, the baby is taken, and what follows is a taut and at times a gripping read. I know a lot of people have been raving about this book, but I hold my hands up and admit I struggled with this one at times. I found the style of writing irritating, it was simple and lacking in description and written in a very matter of fact way, at times I felt it read like I was reading a script for a play.
I found it really difficult to feel any real sympathy for any of the characters, they were selfish, self centred and very manipulative, and appeared very one dimensional, and the dialogue between the characters felt very stilted. A baby going missing is every parents worse nightmare, but I felt the author didn’t manage to convey fully the emotions the parents would have felt. On the positive side the plot is well executed with so many twist and turns, it was difficult to second guess where the plot was leading, and this is what kept me reading The Couple Next Door.
I can see why some readers are writing such glowing reviews for The Couple Next Door as it certainly is an intriguing tale, which highlights the uglier side of people’s nature greed, self preservation and manipulation to name but a few, which did make for an uncomfortable read at times as the characters lies and dirty dealings become apparent. I think because I struggled with both the writing style and making a connection to the characters, this made The Couple Next Door a challenge for me to read, but as I mentioned earlier the actual plot was very good, I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I’m sure many readers will disagree with me whole heartedly and hey whose to say my opinion really counts, but as a blogger I do feel I need to be totally honest in my opinion.
3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Transworld Digital (14 July 2016)