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Review: The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door
By Shari Lapena
Pamela Dorman Books, Hardcover, 9780735221086, August 2016, 320pp.

The Short of It:

A story made-up of lies and secrets makes for a good page-turner.

The Rest of It:

Marco and Anne Conti attend a dinner party at their neighbor’s house while their infant daughter sleeps next door. Bad idea. Cora disappears and because Anne and Marco are too intoxicated to remember details, they can’t remember if they left the door unlocked or exactly when they saw her last. As the disappearance is investigated, secrets are revealed and no one can be trusted.

This is a book that is really hard to put down because every time you turn the page, someone is lying or blame quickly switches from one character to the next. NO ONE in this story can be trusted which is a little aggravating but somehow makes for good reading. Plus, Anne is suffering from postpartum depression so her take on the situation is rather skewed at times which makes you doubt what’s going on.

If you are sensitive to convenient story lines or tire easily of red herrings, you could grow bored with this one. I am typically that type of reader but it was a fun read and a great book to take my mind off of my first week back at work.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Sunday Matters: Happily Reading

Sunday Matters

This is a great year for books. I’ve read some really good ones and my list of “want to reads” is long. I seriously just want to pile each one up next to me and just read the day away. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Right Now:

I am about to prepare a feta and spinach omelette and enjoy my cup of coffee and then we are off to church.

This Week:

Nothing big going on this week. Just rehearsals for the show and work but it will be nice to have an extra day off on Monday. Maybe my “one word” will come to me!


I am  in a good reading place right now. I read and reviewed The Turner House and The Most Dangerous Place on Earth. I am almost done with The Couple Next Door which is just wild. It’s a little out there but a real page-turner.

Stephen King has been raving about all kinds of books on Facebook, one of which I feel the need to get my hands on, You Will Know Me.  Anyone read it?


I finally got The Hub to watch Breaking Bad so we sit down and watch an episode or two each night. Even though I’ve seen it all before many of the little details I do not remember so it’s been fun to revisit.

It’s hard not to watch the news these days. I like to stay informed but I am seriously concerned for our nation’s future. That last press conference was disappointing. I’m not even talking about who the president elect is anymore. I just want information and not a three-ring circus.


I had a good two weeks of sheet pan delight. Of course, I was off those weeks and had all kinds of time to shop, prepare and cook all of the sheet pan dinners I pinned to Pinterest. This week was a work week but I  managed to cook every day. We had a chicken stir fry, breakfast for dinner, Mexican ground turkey bowls with brown rice and pizza!

My goal these days is to eat 85% clean. I am doing well so far but it really comes down to prep so I hope to stay on top of it.

Grateful for:

I consider myself to be a very happy person. I am happy with the basics and don’t really care to have more than I need but there are times where I find myself dipping a little. I’ll be going about my day perfectly fine and then… I dip. Like someone blew my candle out.

I’ve noticed lately that each time this happens, something else happens to remind me not to stay there. Divine intervention? Coincidence?  I’ve been growing closer to God over the last three years and I really do believe that He has his own way of picking me up. Without bashing you over the head with religion I have to admit that to me, it’s a comfort. For that I am grateful.

What do you have going on this week? Reading anything great? Let me know!