Books, Thriller/Mystery

Dear Daughter and The Couple Next Door Book Review

Being busy is not an excuse for me to put off reading. Yes, it is not immediately apparent that I am one of those bookworms out there. Reading and collecting books were two of my favorite pastimes. I’m downloading ebooks for that reason, but doing so isn’t the same as really reading the book.

I recently completed reading two mysteries and suspenseful books. That particular genre is one that I particularly love reading since it leaves you wondering whodunit and what actually happened to the main character. Elizabeth Little’s Dear Daughter and Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door are the names of the two novels, respectively.

DEAR DAUGHTER by Elizabeth Little is about an “it girl” named Janie Jenkins who went to prison ten years ago due to the crime accused to her. She was charged with killing her socialite mother, a distinguished lady renowned for her excellent beauty, reputation, and wealthy husband. When she was released from jail, she made the decision to conduct independent research to identify the true murderer. The only issue was that she wasn’t sure if she was the person she was looking for. The investigation into the circumstances behind her mother’s murder continues (I will not reveal the story; it is up to you to figure out who the true killer was).

Actually, I bought this book because, after reading the blurb, it reminded me of “Gone Girl.” Additionally, reviewers claim that the book was written similarly to “Gone Girl,” which is one of my favorite books. That’s why I purchased it, but to be quite honest, it’s not even close to being my favorite. It’s indeed true that unless we delve deeper into the book, we won’t know what’s within. I did not find any parallels, and as I read the book, I grew weary and wanted to put it down as soon as possible. Other than the primary character, I had forgotten about the others. This, however, is just based on my reaction, so it may not apply to other readers. To those who wish to start reading, I will certainly not suggest it.

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena is about the story of a baby stolen from her crib while the baby’s parents attended a party. The baby’s mother, Anne Conti, is experiencing postpartum depression and has questions about what actually happened to her child. Marco Conti supported his wife while she looked for their lost daughter. The issue was: who stole or perhaps killed the baby when Anne’s renowned and wealthy parents were out partying with their neighbor next door? All the media, detectives, and Anne’s parents showed up at their home. Was the infant still alive or had it passed away? (Again, the answer is up to you; I won’t say what actually transpired because I know some book readers out there are considering reading this book.)

As I was reading this novel, it truly occurred to me what sort of parents they are to leave their infant home alone with nothing but CCTV running in order to attend the party. If this happens in real life, I will blame the parents since, while they can leave to the party whenever they want, leaving the newborn alone is a different issue. There are many unexpected turns in this book’s plot, but as you keep reading, you’ll start to wonder who the true adversary is. Still, it’s a good read. You’ll ponder and delve more after reading the book. The story’s ending was fine in my opinion, although it might have been more striking. To other readers out there, I will most surely give it my recommendation.

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

So those are the books I’ve read. I hope this helps you decide what novels to read. But once more, I want to warn my readers that this is solely based on my own perspective and that other book readers may have different reactions. Some novels may not be very impressive to me, but they may be to others. So here is a marvelous aspect of books: we must read them before passing judgment on them.

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