A good thriller will make you nervous. It’ll make you grip your book with white knuckles and palpitating breaths. A good thriller makes you hunger for more long after you’ve finished reading. The Couple Next Door however was just an okay thriller. Here’s an excerpt from Goodreads.
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.
The first half of the book was actually very good. I flew through it. I was hooked and all I wanted was for the reveal to shock me. About halfway through the book the bomb is dropped, with the whole plot is basically revealed. All I can say was that’s when the story went downhilll for me. I was so disappointed, rest of the book was extremely predictable and I couldn’t get over the halfway reveal. I was also quite confused with the last chapter. It seemed so out of place and very far fetched.
Clearly I have mixed feelings about this entire book. I liked reading it as the author was a good writer, kept you on your toes, but at the same time I was disappointed because it was easy to guess what was going to happen next. Some parts were thrown in for shock value which made me roll my eyes and then other parts were uncomfortable and forced. What confuses me the most is that although I didn’t like it I was still entertained and liked the pacing of the book. I’m seriously conflicted on what to rate this book. I think I will settle with a 3/5? Even as I say that I still am unsure. This is one book that you’ll have to give it a shot yourself as I definitely don’t trust myself with this one. You can find it at Book Depository !
I guess the takeaway message here was that I liked it, I didn’t like it, I was confused, it was very predictable, but ultimately I was entertained and that’s all we can ask for from an author.
Rating – 3/5 stars
Page count – 320 pages