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The Couple Next Door

A Novel

Publisher: Seal Books
An instant New York Times and Globe and Mail bestseller. Look out for Shari Lapena's next thriller, A Stranger in the House, coming August 2017.

"Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page." —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once

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. . . .

How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself? 
     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 focuses 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, duplicityand unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.


Anne reaches clumsily for her cell phone on the dining table and checks the time. It is almost one o’clock in the morning. She’d checked on the baby at midnight. Marco had gone to check on her at twelve thirty. Then he’d gone out for a cigarette on the back patio with Cynthia, while Anne and Graham sat...
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#1 National Bestseller
#1 International Bestseller
New York Times Bestseller
A Globe and Mail Best Book
WH Smith Book of the Year

"Not only a deliciously addictive whodunit, but a why-did-they-do-it as well." —The Globe and Mail

"The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages." —People

"Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page." —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once

"Provocative and shocking. One crime, an entire neighborhood of suspects, secrets and lies. How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you'll never guess the truth . . . until it's too late." —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

"I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!" —Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X

"I thought the read-it-in-one-sitting thing was a cliché. Not any more." —Linwood Barclay, bestselling author of the Promise Falls Trilogy 

"Gripped me from the very beginning to the very end!" —Becky Masterman, author of Rage Against the Dying

"Expertly paced and finely crafted, The Couple Next Door is a gripping thriller of the highest order. I couldn't put it down."  —A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor

"Shari Lapena has written a stunning debut thriller. Turn on the night lights and lock all your doors and windows. The Couple Next Door grabs you with each twist and shocks you with every betrayal." —Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Killer Look

"A plot that doesn't stop surprising until the very last page." —Metro (Toronto)

"The Couple Next Door opens brilliantly. . . . I continued at a breakneck pace to the end." —The Guardian (UK)

"The best white-knuckle ride of the year." —Daily Mail (UK)

"It's hard not to read to the end. . . . The twists waiting there are gratifyingly clever." —USA Today

"Twists are subtly revealed with aplomb, taking the story to increasingly unpredictable levels. . . . The Couple Next Door is a well-sculpted domestic thriller." —Associated Press

"The tension is high and remains to the last, stunning page." —The Times (UK)

"[A] suspenseful, heart-wrenching debut. . . . After numerous twists and turns, 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." —Booklist 

"Exquisitely torturous tension." —NPR

"Lapena unfolds a twisting tale of deceit, betrayal and murder." —Quill & Quire

"The many never-saw-them-coming twists and questionable characters. . . will keep you on the edge of your seat. First-time novelist Lapena's writing is spare and tense, and it makes The Couple Next Door a compulsive read. The last line is absolutely killer." —Good Housekeeping