Thursday, November 14, 2019
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena ~ Book Review
For the most part, I enjoyed the mystery element to this book, however it did have it's ups and downs for me and some were insurmountable. It is definitely filled with twists and turns throughout that keep you turning the pages. Some of the twists I figured out but then another would come along that surprised me. The thing that I found difficult with the read, however, was that there was not one likeable character to root for. As more and more is revealed and the suspicion of everyone deepens, my dislike for them all grew. The writing suffered from a bit of clunkiness in parts and repetition at times that kind of broke up the flow. And there is one character that is prone to dropping f-bombs and in one instance coupled it with the Lord's name at which point I almost quit the book for that reason. I HATE when that is done and in my point of view there is NEVER a reason for it. It's never done with any other historical/religious leader and I am highly offended that this author thought it is ok to do it with Christianity's Son of God. Had it happened again, I would not have continued on no matter how good the story was. The rating from me most definitely reflects my deep offense at that. And I will probably not read another from her if that is the "surprise" I will be getting.
I gave it a 5/10