When I Read a Book in 5 Hours

I enjoy reading a lot more now that I’m not forced to read something and write a report afterwards. I especially enjoy reading while traveling. There’s something about being on a plane that makes me want to read, something about being forced to do something other than scrolling through Instagram or watching tv.

Before our trip to Dublin I bought a new book, The Couple Next Door, specifically to read on the plane. It got incredible reviews on Amazon and is categorized as a mystery/thriller, which is a favorite thanks to Gone Girl. On our two hour flight home, I started reading the book and found myself so interested I then read it during the two hour drive home and then stayed up until 1 AM to finish it. I read the entire book in 5 hours, in one sitting. It’s that good!

I’ve only ever done this once before and it was in the third grade with an American Girl book about Addy who lived through the Civil War. It was only like 80 pages and it was the first time I felt so engrossed in a book that I looked up and forgot where I was. The Couple Next Door is the first time this has happened to me as an adult, so I just have to write a book review about it!

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The premise of the book is pretty simple: a married couple with a 6 month old baby go to dinner at their neighbors, leaving their baby at home and check on said baby every 30 minutes. But when they return to their home after dinner, their baby is gone! You find this out within the first five pages. The rest of the book dives deep into each character and unfolds exactly what happened that night. It is a transcript version of an episode of Law and Order: SVU. 

The author, Shari Lapena, does an incredible job of twisting and turning all the viewpoints of the night. You get the perspective from each character, from the mother and father to the neighbors and the mother’s parents and the detective in charge. My favorite was the perspective of the detective. In my mind he looked just like Elliott Stabler. He knew something was going on and that there was much more to the story than meets the eye.

The book goes through the events of the night, tackles the couple handling the media, how the very wealthy in-laws impact the investigation and whether or not the father had anything to do with the disappearance of his own baby.

I tried to put the book down to go to bed but just couldn’t sleep without finding out the ending. And the ending did not disappoint. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loved Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. This is the next big book and you will not be able to put it down. The biggest issue I have with the book is that I don’t know what book to read next! This is such a hard act to follow.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Any book recommendations?

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