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The Couple Next Door Audiobook

The Couple Next Door

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Publisher's Summary

The No. 1 Sunday Times best-seller and WHSmith Book of the Year 2016

People are capable of almost anything.

Fast-paced and addictive, The Couple Next Door announces a major new talent in thriller writing.

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 live only 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?

©2016 Shari Lapena (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"2016's most talked-about new thriller." (Stylist)
"Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page." (Harlan Coben)
"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)

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    Fiona 27/12/2016
    Fiona 27/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Predictable and implausible"

    Two dimensional characters, weak plot and totally predictable pretty much from third chapter.
    Impossible to like or empathise with any of the characters.
    Pleasant narration the only plus

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 07/03/2017
    Helen 07/03/2017
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    "Corny"

    I thought this story was too contrived. It was obvious who the baddie would turn out to be. The author tried too hard to write a thriller but I wasn't thrilled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 12/05/2017
    Margaret 12/05/2017 Member Since 2016

    Avid listener of audio books since I became unwell. Always check reader reviews and am often disappointed. Makes me want to write my own.

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    "Great story with clever twists"
    If you could sum up The Couple Next Door in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, addictive, brilliant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Couple Next Door?

    When the plot unraveled


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The second twist, which I was not expecting at all


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but the lead female character moved me. From what should or could have been a perfect life, so much deceit to deal with. No wonder she was depressed.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. It will be made into a movie. I guarantee it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jolene 11/05/2017
    Jolene 11/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it. Full of suspense!"

    Excellent ending you don't expect. I was very annoyed after reading the reviews as someone said WHO was involved 😡which ruined it for me. It was a brilliant read. Definitely one of my favourites! I thought the reviews would have been checked before being allowed ☹️

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    15/04/2017
    15/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Chilling. Excellent characters and storyline."

    Excellent book. Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alia 15/03/2017
    Alia 15/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Starts great! But narrator starts too fast.."

    Then the narrator slows down and it's really well read but the story lacks any great GOTCHA moments..
    I still happily listened to the end. A fun listen overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie 13/03/2017
    Jessie 13/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Short but satisfying"

    I did like this book but it felt predictable at times and I didn't really care for any of the characters.

    There was something about the way the book was written which reminded me I was always listening to a story rather than being able to sink into it and forget where I was. Maybe it was the repeating of the policeman's name everytime he spoke "said Rasbach" "said Rasbach". Maybe it was that I never really believed how the characters were behaving.

    However I still enjoyed this book and there was a lot of mystery and would recommend if you are looking for a quick and easy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    danielle 23/02/2017
    danielle 23/02/2017
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    "One of the best audio books of all time!"

    So full of suspense that I couldn't put it down for a second it was an emotional roller coaster with such a shock ending. Would recommend to everyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 15/02/2017
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    "Brilliant I really enjoyed this fast paced book."

    Loved it. I never knew what would happen next!

    fast paced and we'll written! Brilliant will recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Alison M. Harman 11/02/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Keeps you guessing "

    I really enjoyed this book. I looked forward to driving to work every day because I could listen to it! There are so many twists and turns, just when you thought you had worked it out another piece of information turned up. Easy to listen to and follow and a lovely voice reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Savanna Aver
    14/08/17
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    "Good read"
    Where does The Couple Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook. It won't be my last.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Couple Next Door?

    Realizing the plot and who was involved. Don't want to give anything away to the readers who have not yet read the book.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Great narrator. Enjoyed her voice, found it quite expressive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm afraid not.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read/listen. Nice twist at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/04/17
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    "Awful"

    This was the worst book I have read this year. The storyline is bad. The characters are one dimensional. What a waste of time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gwendolyn Westbrook
    6/03/17
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    "Enjoyed tremendously!"

    Great story that kept me entertained and anxious to know what was next. Lots of twists!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • barbara
    Brookside, Australia
    22/10/16
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    "An excellent thriller with many twists and turns"
    If you could sum up The Couple Next Door in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, believable, fast-paced


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has many unexpected twists. The plot attracted me but the actual story was even better than I anticipated. The story was very well told with plenty of detail but not so much that it was boring or monotonous.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice brought the characters to life. They were all well developed and believable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The incident in the school bathroom. Without giving anything away it was quite shocking.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. I enjoyed the whole story. The baby's mother's story was well thought out and had a lot of depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • jacks247
    10/08/16
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    "A few hours I won't get back"

    Truly ridiculous story line. I'll be getting a refund on this book. Ludicrous story line and so many repetitive 'he says' that it drove me mad. Surely a decent author comes up with other words and ways to narrate speech between characters? Poor story. Just can't recommend

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    13/08/16
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    "Is this meant to be a joke?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot, more believable characters, an ending that did not feel as if the writer had become desperate to finish it!


    Has The Couple Next Door put you off other books in this genre?

    Not at all!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirsten Potter’s performances?

    Almost certaintainly not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ..Anger that something so poor could have received recommendations from publishers and reviewers.


    Any additional comments?

    A good idea wasted is my reaction.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/09/16
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    "Painful to listen to!"

    the narrator was very annoying, the story very repetitive in places. would not recommend!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Gloria James
    6/09/16
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    "Narrator poor"
    Where does The Couple Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed the book and thought the storyline very good. However I kept getting confused with the characters actual names as the narrator sometimes said "Marco" and sometimes "Margo" also "Razback" and "Razbag",I found this very offputting and it spoilt the overall listening experience for me.


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy Mazzoncini
    25/02/17
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    "Narration irritating!!!!"

    I persevered but it was tough going as the readers voice was so irritating!!! Storyline was good though

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    25/05/17
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    "An enjoyable listen"

    I liked the twists but it was slow to start.
    Narrated well and a clever ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    20/05/17
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    "Lots of Twists"

    Just when you think you are accusing one person another comes into the frame. Very much enjoyed how it all linked together in the end. Wasn't sure about ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • TyMawr
    UK
    20/05/17
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    "A page turner"

    I loved it. One twist followed by another and another. kept you guessing! Good read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Liza Carr
    18/05/17
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    "Far from predictable. I loved this story."

    I must admit I thought this would be a predictable story, but I was totally wrong. I can see this being a best seller (if not already) and a movie. Enjoy everyone I totally recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hayley Brazill
    3/05/17
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    "Disturbing."

    As a parent, this tale does prey on our worst fears. A little predictable but I enjoyed it and still had to keep page turning, just to find out...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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