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DC Refined has launched its very own book club! We will "meet" digitally on Facebook Live once a month. For January, we will be reading Shari Lapena's "The Couple Nex Door." Grab a copy and get reading and then join us on Jan. 23 to discuss! Happy reading :) (Graphic: Lee Umali)

January Book Club: The Couple Next Door

Hello again book lovers! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and are getting ready for a fresh start in 2017! We'll be starting the year off with a real page-turner, and hope you will be joining us again for another edition of DC Refined's Book Club. If you've missed our first three digital book clubs, catch up now on Facebook and then be sure to tune in next month.

In case you need a refresher, the rules are simple: Each month we will choose a book to read and announce it to you all on social media, along with the date by which you must finish the book if you want to participate in our digital meetup. We will then "meet" on Facebook Live along with two members of the WJLA on-air team to host "book club." We will start the discussion off, but we encourage you all to ask your own questions or leave your own comments on the Facebook Live video so we can interact with you. Throughout the month we will check in with those of you participating with page goals and to solicit your comments along the way.

So what's up next? For January, we are going to start 2017 off with a thrilling New York Times bestseller that we have heard described around the office as "Woah... So creepy I don't even have words." Shari Lapena's "The Couple Next Door" will take us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as we witness the unraveling of a family navigating deception, duplicity and betrayal all the way through the final shocking twist.

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.

To recap, if you want to participate in DC Refined's Book Club, grab a copy of Shari Lapena's drama-filled debut "The Couple Next Door" and get to reading! Our Facebook Live discussion will be January 23 with anchor Autria Godfrey, so you have a little less than a month to finish reading. We've been having so much fun with our digital book club so far, and hope you have too! If you're interested in reading along with us, comment on our Facebook page or tweet/Instagram using #DCRBookClub. We often bring in special guests as well, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for any and all big announcements. And if you'd like to make a book club suggestion, please reach out to us on social media!

Bookworms, unite!