The WHSmith Book of the Year 2016: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The WHSmith Book of the Year 2016: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Shari is a Canadian author previously known for her critically acclaimed literary novels with a comedic element to them. Her first thriller novel was written as a way to rekindle her love of writing before starting her next book, but Shari found she enjoyed delving into the complicated twists and turns of suspense more than she expected. And when asked whether she’d be resurrecting any of her old books after the success of The Couple Next Door, she replied “Oh no. No. No. I want to do thrillers. It’s way more fun.”

The Couple Next Door begins with a well-meaning decision to leave baby Cora alone in the house while parents Marco and Anne attend a house party next door. They bring the baby monitor with them and take it in turns to check on her every half hour, but when the couple get back to the house in the early hours of the morning they find the front door ajar and the baby missing. As the police and the press descend upon their house, Anne and Marco are scrutinised for any sign of suspicion and it isn’t long before the cracks in their picture-perfect life begin to show. [Read the full WHSmith Review here].

“I am absolutely delighted that The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena has been selected as the winner of the WHSmith Book of the Year for 2016. Lapena’s debut thriller is the most exciting I’ve read this year! It is completely un-put-downable, (I read it in one sitting) with twists and turns that will keep you hooked until the very last page. There has been a buzz about the book since it hit the shelves earlier this year which has been building amongst our staff and customers. We’re delighted to present the marvellous debut as a beautifully bound special edition.” WHSmith Fiction Buyer

To celebrate our Book of the Year 2016, we’re releasing a special gift edition with a gorgeous blue and silver limited edition hardback cover. Get yours today to get stuck into the thriller that had everyone talking in 2016.

313 thoughts on “The WHSmith Book of the Year 2016: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

  1. ~ Sounds a really good read ~~ I would give it to Dad, he is the one who started me off on my book loving journey. I can’t imagine my life without books or Dad! ~~~

  2. I would give it to my mam to encourage her to start reading again, she used to be a great book lover so it would be nice to get her back into the swing of reading

  3. I would gift this gorgeous book to my Daughter who loves to read especially thrillers and this sounds a gripping read. Thank you for the lovely chance x

  4. I would gift it to my sister, she loves books for Christmas. She always says that it’s nice to have something chosen for you, because its probably going to be something you wouldn’t normally read.

  5. my mum, she is a complete bookworm and no matter how much i try to introduce her to a kindle she much prefers a normal book. So she would love this 🙂

  6. I would give the book ” The couple next door” to my daughter (aged 26) as she would love this as it is her kind of read, but it would make it that bit more special as it would be signed. She loves a good book but a signed one is always that bit more special in my eyes…a great gift idea. ( I would also want to read it myself).

  7. Oooo this sounds a fab read. i would give it to my sister to read on the condition i get to read it next 🙂 thanks for the chance to win a copy x

  8. I feel like this will look like I am copying Tina – below – but I was going to say I’d love to give this to my sister….for her enjoyment but also because books always circulate around our family!

  9. This sounds like an absolutely fascinating read. I would gift this to my mum who is just as big a book addict as I am and by giving it to my mum, I can ensure that I can read it too!

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