Just the Nicest Couple - Mary Kubica

Just the Nicest Couple

By Mary Kubica

  • Release Date: 2023-01-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,663 Ratings



“Grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go until you reach the end.” —Laura Dave, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

A husband’s disappearance links two couples in this twisty thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing, Mary Kubica 

Jake Hayes is missing. This much is certain. At first, his wife, Nina, thinks he is blowing off steam at a friend’s house after their heated fight the night before. But then a day goes by. Two days. Five. And Jake is still nowhere to be found.

Lily Scott, Nina’s friend and coworker, thinks she may have been the last to see Jake before he went missing. After Lily confesses everything to her husband, Christian, the two decide that nobody can find out what happened leading up to Jake’s disappearance, especially not Nina. But Nina is out there looking for her husband, and she won’t stop until the truth is discovered.

"Rich with detail and a mounting, almost suffocating sense of dread, Just the Nicest Couple is a dark and twisted exploration of loyalty, family, and how far we’ll go to protect the ones we love." —Andrea Bartz, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Never Here

Look for these other edge-of-your-seat thrillers by New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica: The Good Girl Pretty Baby Don't You Cry Every Last Lie When the Lights Go Out The Other Mrs. Local Woman Missing She's Not Sorry


  • A good easy read

    By Lfinley3
    I won’t lie I found bits unbelievable. Like for instance it not seeming like a big deal when the husband went missing. If my husband didn’t come home I’d be shouting from the rooftops for help. I also didn’t like not getting resolution on the beeping outside Lily and Christians house. Nina seemed like a 1970’s wife not a woman in her 30’s in the 2020’s. BUT, it was a good plot and kept things moving. Not my favorite but glad I read it and stayed interesting the entire time.
  • Excellent read

    By dstnes
    Very good. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out the plot twists. This book has very surprising and exciting twists and turns you’d never expect. A very good read.
  • Unlikable Characters, Good Mystery

    By Fastprof
    An otherwise interesting mystery was ruined for me by the nearly totally unlikable characters. In fact, the only character who has somewhat redeeming virtues is not the character who has a somewhat uplifting positive outcome. It’s not just the disgusting choices made by several of the characters, but the stupidity of those choices too. Otherwise, the central mystery is well constructed.
  • Sooo boring

    By dorianpoppy
    I try not to harp on a book just based on my opinion but my goodness this book was SLOW. By the time the "big plot twist" came around I was begging to just finish so I could move on to read something else. Save yourself the time .. you aren't missing much
  • Don’t pay full price for this book

    By sbarr26
    I cannot believe this is a NYT best seller! The writing is clunky, the characters are kind of annoying, and the ending is rather disappointing. There is so much needless description and this book makes the mistake of telling the reader everything instead of showing the reader through action and natural sounding dialogue. There is also a lot of needless descriptions about things that don’t really matter. The ending of the book comes abruptly. It’s like the author got tired of writing or got bored of the story. The ending of the book contrasts with the beginning of the book where chapters are wasted with little character or story development. If you find this book somewhere for a couple dollars, it might be worth picking up for a quick, mindless read. But it is definitely NOT worth $14.99
  • Fast read towards the end.

    By Ev Pope
    It was a slow burn and MANY twists and turns at the end. Could’ve used the earlier part of the book to flush out some of the story lines.
  • Don’t bother.

    By Goodwins2217
    Didn’t even finish it.
  • Not a hit

    By Kalixoxo
    I agree with other reviews. It started out good. I liked the alternating POV. There was so much unnecessary details and it dragged on. And some of the things did not make sense - like hello bag of Christian is just hanging on to for days even though they had a fire one night!!! I have watched way too many crime docs to see each stupid thing they did wrong. I guessed one of the twists but not the big one so that’s cool. The ending was very abrupt. So much detail in the whole book and the last two chapters it felt like the author went “eh… I’m over it” If this was free or under $5 I would enjoy. But not worth full price.
  • I had to power through this one

    By kervial
    If you’ve already purchased just skim and power through.
  • Don’t bother!

    By tinawelle
    Brutally over written with detailed useless descriptions that aren’t pertinent to the story. How this has 4 stars I will never know.