This is a wonderful novel by Shari Lapena. This is a story that will keep you glued to the pages. It is like no story that I ever read in that it is at once haunting and yet very honest and penetrating.
This story also makes me want to step back and really wonder how well I know the couple next door or even my spouse. In the same vein, do we really know ourselves so well that we can predict all our behaviours at all times? Or are we just as capable of evil and mischief as our neighbour, spouse, and everyone else for that matter?
These are very thought-provoking questions that I find very fascinating as a philosopher. I love novels that make me think and that take me to the edges of what people are capable both good and bad.
This story is about Anne and Marco Conti. They seem to have it all — a loving relationship, a wonderful home and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one hot summer night they are invited to a dinner party next door and a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the Contis’ curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets too, secrets they’ve kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family — a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
This is a book that I will read and reread often.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth