Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. Her suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, as well as her second novel, A Stranger in the House, were New York Times and international bestsellers. Lapena's next book, An Unwanted Guest, is forthcoming in summer 2018.
"Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page." --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once "The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages." --People "Provocative and shocking. One crime, an entire neighborhood of suspects, secrets and lies. How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door will keep you glued the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you'll never guess the truth...until it's too late." --Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Find Her "I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!" --Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X "Real men read women writers-because of books like this. Trust me." --Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Me "Shari Lapena has written a stunning debut thriller. Turn on the night lights and lock all your doors and windows. The Couple Next Door grabs you with each twist and shocks you with every betrayal." --Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Killer Look "A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman." --Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Playing with Fire "Expertly paced and finely crafted, The Couple Next Door is a gripping thriller of the highest order. I couldn't put it down." --A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor "Gripped me from the very beginning to the very end!" --Becky Masterman, author of Rage Against The Dying "Brilliant! This utterly riveting psychological thriller hurtles along at breakneck speed, never giving you the opportunity to catch your breath. Twisty, turny, and unputdownable." --C. L. Taylor, bestselling author of The Lie "Exquisitely torturous tension." --NPR.org "Where did that baby go! It's hard not to read to the end to find out, and the twists waiting there are gratifyingly clever."--USA Today "The many never-saw-them-coming twists and questionable characters. . . will keep you on the edge of your seat. First-time novelist Lapena's writing is spare and tense, and it makes The Couple Next Door a compulsive read. The last line is absolutely killer." -Good Housekeeping "[A] well-sculpted domestic thriller . . . highly suspenseful . . . Twists are subtly revealed with aplomb, taking the story to increasingly unpredictable levels." --Associated Press "[A] suspenseful, heart-wrenching debut. . . After numerous twists and turns, Lapena delivers one final, deftly crafted surprise." --Publishers Weekly "Brisk prose style and character development are almost beside the point in Lapena's suspense-fiction debut; this is a plot-driven page-turner, and even the most character-focused readers will find it hard to put down." --Booklist