The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Publisher: Penguin Audio, 2016
Format: 8 hours and 40 minutes, audio book download
Genre: psychological thriller, mystery
Summary: Anne and Marco Conti go next door to a dinner party and leave their baby home asleep in her crib. They bring the baby monitor with them and check on her every half hour. When they get back home from the party, their baby is gone.
Thoughts: This psychological thriller was not as good as the last couple I read. The characters were all terrible people- all of them. Usually if there is an unlikeable character that is interesting, that doesn't matter to me, but having all the characters unlikeable was just plain depressing. The world that was created was grave and I felt that I was not rooting for any of the characters and didn't really care how the story ended. The writing style was good in that the story was easy to follow, the pace was good, and I wanted to know what was going to happen. The down side was that it was more like someone was telling me a story than I was experiencing it. I also felt that the writing style was almost too simple and definitely too repetitive- like the author thought her audience was not too bright.
The narrator was just okay. She spoke clearly and I could follow the story. She did not seem to add much to the experience, though.
All in all this was a simple, entertaining story, but if likeable characters are important to you, this is not for you. Also, if repetition is annoying to you, don't even try this one. Would I read something else by this author? Absolutely.
Company: Plum Deluxe
Tea: Dragonfruit Desire Herbal Tea
Obtained: sample with tea of the month club
I received this sample of Dragonfruit Desire Herbal Tea with a monthly subscription from Plum Deluxe. The ingredients were green rooibos, mango pieces, apple pieces, hibiscus, orange peel, lemon peel, strawberry pieces, blue malva flower, and calendula. The leaves had a fruity scent, and were different shades of brown. They were small, thin, and short, and there were chunks of fruit mixed in with the leaves. I poured about 12 ounces of water that had been boiled over about one and a half teaspoons of leaves and let this steep for three minutes. The liquid was a brownish yellow and the scent was of tart fruit. The taste was a blend of tart berries and fruit with floral mixed in. There was a sweetness after swallowing that balanced out the tartness of the fruit. This was a soothing, refreshing blend for those that like fruity herbal teas.