A Stranger in the House

A Stranger in the House

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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.
Publisher: Toronto, ON :, Doubleday Canada,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385686976
Branch Call Number: F LAP
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 23 cm

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Eil_1
Aug 13, 2018

This was a compelling page-turner for me. The challenge was to figure out how the charge of murder for Karen would be dismissed. A surprising ending for both women.

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molly
Aug 07, 2018

Her first book was wonderful BUT her second novel was almost identical ! and Publishers Weekly has given her third novel a thumbs down.

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McAnnieG
Jul 02, 2018

Excellent psychological thriller.
Karen Krupp and Det. Rasbach are worthy opponents.
Her amnesia after a car accident and his experience and skill as an investigator work to make this a truth vs. lies page-turner. The more you learn about Tom, Karen, Brigid & Bob the more your sympathies change.
Twisted relationships abound yet these are characters that become people you care about and cheer for.

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AUTUMNMMOCK
Jun 10, 2018

It was an okay read. It was very predictable and repetitive throughout most of the book, and the interesting parts seemed very rushed. Although, it was an enjoyable quick summer read.

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tuesdayfrog
May 23, 2018

Solidly predictable from beginning to end. I found this novel to be lacklustre and formulaic.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 07, 2018

After reading "The Girl on the Train," this book seemed very similar but lacking in certain aspects. This is a murder mystery focused on how a meek, obedient housewife (Karen) got into an accident in the sketchiest part of the city. Shortly after, a man's body is found nearby with too many questions to be asked. It appears that no one believes the wife, with her own husband suspecting something was up. Meanwhile, their safe haven of a "home" may not be only inhabited by the two of them... I'd give this a 3 or 4 out of 5 stars.
- @Siri of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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StephSophia
Apr 04, 2018

Couldn’t put it down! Great read

coroboreefarm Mar 06, 2018

“How well do you know your partner? “ This is the premise for Shari Lapena’s new psychological thriller, A Stranger in the House. The novel is characterized by a well developed, ever evolving plot, full of twists and turns, that relates the story of a wife who has no memory of a murder, and a husband who, surprisingly, seems to have even less knowledge of his wife. Solidly written in terms of plot, but somewhat under developed in characterization, this is one for devotees of anything labelled psychological thriller. I did not find it as engaging as Ms Lapena’s debut novel, The Couple Next Door.

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sloanelm
Feb 01, 2018

irritating -- I dislike stories based on characters making bad decisions to not communicate to others, including people they purportedly love. No character was believable or engaging. I'm not sure why I finished it -- from the mid point I skimmed quickly to the end -- when there are so many good books to be read. Creepy, and not in a good way.

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Alpha_zzz
Feb 01, 2018

This was an okay read and one that makes you want to continue to read to find out who is guilty. It sort of see-saws back and forth between “maybe this person is guilty, or maybe they’re innocent. No, they’re guilty, unless.......”
I actually liked this book better than “The Couple Next Door” as I thought that was much more predictable

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