The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I could appreciate that this was written in a very fast-paced way, and it definitively got me out of my reading stupor. There was some sort of action on almost every page, and it definitively kept me engaged enough that I couldn't stop flipping the pages. With that said, the writing was not enjoyable, I felt like it was an amateur teenager that was writing this, which would fit the book better. Not only that, but I felt very disconnected the main characters, and I didn't care about what happened to them, in part because of the way that the writing style was written in.
At the beginning, the story all focused on the kidnapped baby, on getting Cora back. During the middle/three quarter way, it strayed from that main path. It went to being all about the kidnappers and who they are and what their motives are instead of it being about the baby which the mother was so desperate to get back. And I think that it's at that point that the book lost my attention and I got frustrated with the direction that it was going in.
The mental illness representation was just portrayed inaccurately in this book, and that really put me off. I believe that postpartum depression and dissociative disorder should be represented in a more "real life" way, and not in the way that it was.
I'm not understanding the ending, because for me it was very unnecessary and why did the author write that in? It's kind of an open-ending, but that's what annoys me about it the most.
**I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review/opinion.**
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