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release date: May 30, 2017
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The Couple Next Door: A Novel
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Shari Lapena’s new thriller, A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, is available now from Viking Books!

The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages. People

Provocative and shocking.” —Lisa Gardner, 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


It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night, when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately lands on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. 

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
release date: Aug 15, 2017
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A Stranger in the House
In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say,
Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, Glad to be home.


Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There's a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes.  Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good. 

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.
release date: Feb 28, 2017
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La pareja de al lado / The Couple Next Door (Spanish Edition)

Todo comenzó en una cena con los vecinos...
La pareja de al lado: «El thriller del que todo el mundo habla.» (Stylist)

Libro del año para WH Smith en Gran Bretaña.
En la lista de más vendidos durante semanas de The New York Times.
Número 1 en más vendidos en Canadá.
En la lista de más vendidos de The Sunday Times.
Uno de los mejores libros de 2016 para The Globe.
Finalista de los Premios Goodreads 2016.

Tu vecina te dijo que preferiría que no llevaras a tu bebé de seis meses a la cena. No es nada personal, simplemente no soporta sus llantos.

Tu marido estaba de acuerdo. Después de todo, vivís en la casa de al lado. Podíais llevaros el monitor infantil y turnaros para pasar a verla cada media hora.

Tu hija dormía cuando fuiste a comprobar por última vez. Sin embargo, en este momento, mientras subes corriendo las escaleras hasta su habitación envuelta en un absoluto silencio, confirmas que tu peor pesadilla se ha hecho realidad: ha desaparecido.

Nunca antes habías tenido que llamar a la policía. Ahora están en tu casa y quién sabe lo que pueden llegar a descubrir.

¿De qué serías capaz cuando has sobrepasado tus límites?

Críticas:
«Alta tensión que se mantiene hasta la última, y asombrosa, página.»
The Times

«Un thriller psicológico potente, nada sanguinario, muy visual y atractivo. Una novela que entusiasmará: fresca, dinámica, bien aparejada, cautivadora desde la primera página.»

El Periódico de Catalunya

«Un debut demoledor y lleno de suspense.»
Publishers Weekly

«Por completo fascinante, totalmente realista y contado con un estilo maravillosamente sencillo y efectivo. No verás venir las sorpresas.»
Daily Mail

«Un arranque impactante para un thriller ejecutado con maestría, lleno de giros y repleto de culpa, drama y engaño.»
Sunday Mirror

«Una lectura que te atrapa con una trama que te hará pasar las páginas a toda velocidad para averiguar qué es lo siguiente que va a pasar.»
Grazia

«¡¿Dónde está el bebé?! Es difícil no dejar de leer hasta el final para averiguarlo, y los giros que te aguardan allí son gratamente inteligentes.»
USA Today

«Un lujo de thriller que avanza a un ritmo de vértigo.»
Good Housekeeping

«Lleno de suspense... Los giros se van revelando sutilmente y con gran aplomo, llevando a la historia a niveles cada vez más altos de impredecibilidad.»
Associated Press

Los lectores dicen...
«El libro perfecto para amantes del suspense y la novela policiaca.»
Blog Nadando entre palabras

«Un thriller adictivo que hará con tu mente y tus teorías una bola, las enredará y desenredará a su antojo, y no contento con ello, cuando creas saberlo todo, ¡pum! Nada era lo que parecía... Vais a alucinar.»
Blog El primer capítulo

«Atrapa al lector en una atmósfera angustiosa e inquietante y en una lectura frenética... Una historia que se lee vorazmente, que nos atrapa por su ágil ritmo y que termina con un sorprendente final.»
Blog El templo de la lectura


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Instant New York Times bestseller
It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

This novel was the “talk of the town” during the 2016 London Book Fair.

A fast-paced, addictive thriller that you cannot put down.

The premise of the story will not leave an apathetic audience: Were the parents irresponsible by leaving a 6-month-old baby girl alone in the house? Was it necessary or was it all a planned?


release date: May 20, 2020
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[By Shari Lapena] The Couple Next Door (Paperback)【2017】by Shari Lapena (Author) [1879]
'Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR lingers long after you turn the final page' HARLAN COBEN Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing. You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone. You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.
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release date: Sep 06, 2011
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Happiness Economics

Shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

Will Thorne is a slightly published, stalled poet, married to Judy, a successful celebrity economist who doesnt understand him, or poetry, at all. Pressured by a fellow poet, Will starts The Poets Preservation Society, a genteel organization to help poets in need. But in order to persuade his high-powered wife to get him the necessary funding, Will must make a devils bargain with her: he will write advertising slogans so that he can, in Judys words, contribute to society. Writing slogans for toilet paper and spending his free time on the administrative work for the society, Will has neither the time nor the inspiration to finish his novel in poems. But when Will meets his muse, the enigmatic and athletic Lily White, he becomes inspired not only to write poetry, but to take guerrilla action in support of poets everywhere. Poetry meets parkour and culture clashes with commerce in this hilarious look at how we measure the value of art. Happiness Economics is a comic novel about a poets heroic struggle to create, in the face of cultural and domestic impediments.

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release date: Feb 28, 2008
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Things Go Flying
Shari Lapeña takes the wit of David Sedaris and the outrageousness of Douglas Coupland to create a dark, hilarious and wildly inventive contemporary comedy about how the past can come back to haunt you. Literally.
Harold Walker is desperately average and listless at mid-life, stemming in part from the abrupt death of his one-time best friend, Tom. Harold's wife Audrey, an increasingly frustrated housewife and mother to their two teenage sons, is a control freak silently harbouring an explosive secret. Things go flying in the Walker household when Harold's long-deceased mother comes back to haunt them. He finds he has her gift for opening the door to the past-and if there was ever a gift he wanted to return, it's this one! Audrey is similarly terrified-how is she to safeguard her secret now? If she can't control this world, how is she to control the next one? And how will she protect her good china? Harold, who has made a practice of avoiding things all his life, must confront two problems-how to find meaning in this life, and how to come to grips with the mostly terrifying idea that life just might go on forever!
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release date: Aug 15, 2017
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A Stranger in the House
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a new thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can't account for herself and unsettling questions that threaten to tear a couple apart.

You come home after a long day at work, excited to have dinner with your beautiful wife.
     But when you walk through the door, you quickly realize that she's not there.
     In the kitchen, there is a pot on the stove, and vegetables on the counter, abandoned.
     Her cellphone and her purse are still in the house, in the bedroom, exactly where she keeps them.
     It looks like she's left in a blind panic.
     You fear the worst, so you call her friends to see if they know where she is.
     Then you call the police.
     The police tell you that your wife's been in an accident. They found her in the worst part of town, after she lost control of the car while speeding through the streets. But why would she go to that neighbourhood? And why was she driving so fast? Was she running toward something? Or away from something?
     The police think your wife was up to no good.
     You refuse to believe it, at first.
     Then, as the stories and facts don't line up, and your wife can't remember what happened that evening, you start to wonder. You've been married for two years and you thought you knew her better than anyone else in the world . . .
     . . . but maybe you don't.
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release date: May 20, 2020
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O Casal do Lado (Portuguese Edition)
Cynthia disse a Anne que não levasse a filha Cora, a bebé de seis meses, para sua casa na noite do jantar para que ela e o marido Marco tinham sido convidados. Não era nada de pessoal. Ela simplesmente não suportava o choro de crianças. Marco não se opõe. Afinal, eles vivem no apartamento do lado. Têm consigo o intercomunicador e irão alternadamente, de meia em meia hora, ver como está a filha. Cora dormia da última vez que Anne a tinha ido ver. Mas, ao subir as escadas da casa em silêncio, ela depara-se com a imagem que sempre a aterrorizou. A menina desapareceu. Anne nunca tivera de chamar a polícia, antes disso. Mas agora eles estão lá e quem sabe o que irão descobrir... do que seremos capazes, quando levados além dos nossos limites? O Casal do Lado de Shari Lapena
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release date: May 20, 2020
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Casal que Mora ao Lado, O
Tudo começou em um jantar... Um thriller psicológico surpreendente da autora best-seller internacional Shari Lapena .

É o aniversário de Graham, e sua esposa, Cynthia, convida os vizinhos, Anne e Marco Conti, para um jantar. Marco acha que isso será bom para a esposa; afinal, ela quase nunca sai de casa desde o nascimento de Cora e da depressão pós-parto. Porém, Cynthia pediu que não levassem a filha. Ela simplesmente não suporta crianças chorando.
Marco garante que a bebê vai ficar bem dormindo em seu berço. Afinal, eles moram na casa ao lado. Podem levar a babá eletrônica e se revezar para dar uma olhada na filha. Tudo vai dar certo. Porém, ao voltarem para a casa, a porta da frente está aberta; Cora desapareceu. Logo o rapto da filha faz Anne e Marco se envolverem em uma teia de mentiras, que traz à tona segredos aterradores.
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release date: Jan 12, 2017
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La parella del costat
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