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  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (515 ratings)

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The Couple Next Door

By: Shari Lapena
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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

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Horribly written book

I honestly can’t believe this book passed through an editing process! I almost gave up after the first few chapters. All dialogue and character actions were ended with “Marco said” or “said Anne” etc. the worst example of this was “‘Ms Fogle, I’m detective Rasback’ Rasback says” really? Of course Rasback said that! Who else would have identified themselves as Rasback? The author obviously has no idea how to write dialogue and whoever edited the book had no idea either! It was incredibly annoying and totally detracted from the story. The story was OK, but there are plenty of better books around. The performance was very forced and at times over enunciated. I would not recommend this book and I think I am going to ask for my money back on this because I wish I had not wasted my money. Couldn’t wait for it to be over!

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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.

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Terrible.

Slow moving boring and predictable ... oh with a ‘twist’ at the end which was obvious half way through.

Must remember the authors name so I never buy anything from them again - come to think of it the readers name too 🤨

Just a hideous listen all round.

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Not worth your money

I finished this book for the sake of finishing but the story was so ridiculous it was a chore.

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The twists

I am not normally into Crime stories and l really dislike American accents (not a good start for this one) but l really enjoyed listening to this - the narrator was really good with just the right expressions in her voice all the way through - the story kept me interested and it was hard to predict the outcome until very close to the end l was looking for something different that would hold my attention to what l normally like in books and this provided it.

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Teious

Mono dimensional, preposterously selfish and evil characters. Almost no physical description of anything. No mood, atmosphere or sense of feeling. Every beat of the story is predictable and boring. The narration is histrionic and excruciating at times.

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No bad

The story lacked a bit for me. The amount of times they refer to the baby as “the baby” rather than the actual babies name I found very annoying. Was interesting enough for me to listen to the end.

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Bad.

Badly written, the story has holes and the ending is predictable. Feels unfinished, like the writer had to wrap it up asap.

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Good read

Enjoyed this book, dragged a bit mid story but definitely didn’t expect the twist at the end!

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  • Rajib Chowdhury
  • 02-02-2020

Excellent writing

As storytelling processes it very well plan and excellent execution of the plan as story unfolds you enjoy every bit of it.love this very much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-2018

The Couple Next Door

Would prefer to have read this myself, as the accent put me off from the start. Persevered as I had paid for the recording.
RESULT: Storyline was good, but I found the initial drawling accent of the narrator irritating. She settled into more plausible individual character voices towards the end.

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  • barbara
  • 23-02-2018

The Couple Next Door

I could not put this reading down, what an excellent book in all ways, suspense, narration, story everything, loved it from start to end, looking so forward to the next book.

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  • ranika
  • 11-12-2017

Repetitive and boring

The characters in this book made me want to bash my own head in. So repetitive, nothing new happens until the last chapter.

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  • Savanna Aver
  • 14-08-2017

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2017

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

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  • GY Wright
  • 06-03-2017

Enjoyed tremendously!

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

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  • barbs333
  • 22-10-2016

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.

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  • Frances Steele
  • 13-08-2016

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.

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  • jacks247
  • 10-08-2016

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

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  • Ms Gloria James
  • 06-09-2016

Narrator poor

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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.

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  • Joanne
  • 25-05-2017

An enjoyable listen

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

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  • Lucy Taylor
  • 03-02-2017

Has potential to be much more

I am definitely not an ace detective but this was an obvious plot line with a lot of repetition of narrative. The characters are a little too gullible for belief. I'm disappointed really but that's because it was on a lot of 'must read' lists.

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  • Amazon99
  • 20-07-2016

Compelling page turner!!

Story was full of twists and was utterly gripping!Heard it all over 24 hours as desperately wanted to know what happened! Highly recommended.

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  • mrs
  • 20-05-2017

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.

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  • Louise
  • 02-05-2017

good book bit long winded in places

good story with a twist. keeps you guessing for most of the book but then it all falls into place

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-2016

Painful to listen to!

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

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  • georgia lindsay todd
  • 31-01-2017

Great story beautifully written

Love this book! I bought the audio so I could listen in the day and read the book at night. The reader ruins it, her voice is very irritating!

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