For all the parts of The Couple Next Door that I loved, there were some similarities:
1. The action begins right as the book takes off. No slow buildup getting to know characters or backgrounds. You open this book and the story begins. With a bang. Literally.
2. Short chapters. It’s so nice when life gets busy and I have minimal time to read for pleasure that I can get more reading in because chapters don’t drag. They are quick and succinct.
3. Always a surprise. Even when you reach the conclusion and discover the truth, there’s still another surprise lurking.
So fans of her debut will enjoy this book as well. It’s the story of Karen Krupp, a bookkeeper, who races out of her home one night without her purse and her phone and while dinner is still cooking. When her husband, Tom, arrives home, he has no idea what happened to her or where she went.
I give credit to the author for this unique storyline, which seems to be getting harder and harder to provide in the mystery/thriller genre. I have not read a book like this before. She continuously drops surprises throughout but does so with subtlety.
About the author:
Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two award-winning literary novels, and her suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, was a New York Times and an international bestseller. A Stranger in the House is her second thriller.
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