Couple Next Door

Book & Author

The Couple Next Door
When a terrible crime committed on the night of a dinner party casts suspicion on a young couple who seemed to have it all, Detective Rasbach discovers that the panicked duo had been hiding dangerous secrets from each other for years.

Shari Lapena
Shari Lapena was a lawyer and an English teacher before turning her hand to writing fiction.
She currently lives in Toronto, Canada
Hear Shari share about how she came to write this book in this video interview posted by Canadian Living

Quote from the book

The wife is always the last to know, right?


Topics this book will bring up for discussion include:

  • The biggie: What do the group members think of Anne and Marco leaving the baby home alone to attend the party next door?
  • What keeps couples like Anne and Marco together?
  • Rasbach says “It’s much easier to make money if you don’t care who you hurt. If you have scruples, it’s much harder to get rich” (p.284). Do you agree?

More discussion questions are available from Penguin Random House and LitLovers


The Paper/Plates blog has a great entry on The Couple Next Door which includes more discussion questions and a pairing menu.  They chose a seven layer dip “which serves as the perfect complement to this multidimensional suspense novel and is as simple to make as this book is to read.”  Building off of that, they also suggest Mexican rice and crispy shrimp tacos if you are serving a full meal at your book club meeting.  If you are just having drinks, their suggestion of sparkling clementine-raspberry floats sounds scrumptious.


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