Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena has generated wild enthusiasm from every corner.  Editor Pamela Dorman recalls, “When Brian Tart handed me Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door, he told me that once I read the first chapter, I wouldn’t be able to put it down.  He was right.  I read straight through, on my commute, when I got home, when I got up at 5 am to finish it before work.  It’s absolutely compulsive and the twists never stop.  I think that’s what distinguishes Shari’s work from so many other suspense novels.  She can plot like nobody’s business.  And clearly, we weren’t alone in thinking so—some of the best writers in the business have raved about The Couple Next Door.  Best of all, Shari is already at work on her second novel, which is just what an editor hopes when you discover a commercial talent like Shari Lapena.”

Pondering the origins of her book and its path to publication, Ms. Lapena says, “When I first sat down to write The Couple Next Door, I wrote it for myself. I knew I could write a book, but I wanted to see if I could write a thriller. I had no idea that the book would resonate with so many people.”

Here are some of the raves from among the chorus of A-level authors:

“I read this novel at one sitting absolutely riveted by the storyline.  The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!” Sue Grafton

“Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page.” —Harlan Coben

“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

“A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman.” —Tess Gerritsen

 “Real men read women writers – because of books like this.  Trust me.”—Lee Child

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