In The Couple Next Door, we meet Anne and Marco who have a six month old baby Cora. When their babysitter lets them down at the last minute, they deliberate as to whether they should still attend their next door neighbours dinner party or not. They decide to still go, leaving Cora asleep in her cot, each one of them returning to the house in 30 minute intervals.
We meet Anne at almost midnight when she has had probably one glass of wine too many, however she is still listening intently to the baby monitor she has taken with her. She knows it’s time for them to go home, however Marco is still thoroughly enjoying the party with their neighbours Cynthia and Graham. Marco and Cynthia are definitely the louder of the group, whilst Anne and Graham are more reserved.
By One O Clock in the morning they return home to find the cot empty and Cora is missing! The book unfolds very quickly from this point into finding out what has happened to baby Cora.
Having to explain to the police that they left their baby home alone is upsetting as Anne blames herself for Cora going missing. Marco checked on Cora at twelve thirty and she was sleep and safe then, so whatever happened, had happened in the last thirty minutes before they returned home. It was One O Clock wasn’t it? Perhaps a few minutes after?
It’s a long night for Anne and Marco as they are quizzed by the police and forensics searching the house for clues as to what has happened to Cora. Was she kidnapped? For money? Anne’s step father is very wealthy, perhaps that was the clue? Is she still alive? There are so many questions floating around. Who would want to take am innocent baby?
We learn snippets about Anne and Marco’s life through the book that sways the police in their thinking more than once. There is sympathy for the couple to begin with but questions are soon asked that makes them both look guilty and innocent all at the same time.
I enjoyed reading The Couple Next Door despite knowing it’s story line before starting it. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read about a missing baby, however the book was very well written and there were plenty of twists and turns through the book to keep the reader guessing. The author was very good at letting us into Anne’s state of mind as a parent, wife and mother. Will baby Cora be found safe and well?
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