A Stranger in the House

A Stranger in the House

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Why would you run scared from a happy home? You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Doubleday Canada,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780385686976
0385686978
Characteristics: 305 pages

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piovest
Oct 29, 2018

The writing was not compelling for me. The story seemed predicable and honestly, I couldn't read the whole thing. Boring and poorly written in my opinion.

K_ROK Sep 27, 2018

I would recommend her first book, The Couple Next Door over this one. I will be reading An Unwanted Guest when my hold is ready as well. This book had a lot of 'telling' versus 'showing' and that can bog down a story. I would also have preferred to read this story from the first (multiple) person narrative and not third person. It can be difficult when a breakthrough author has such success with the first book and not so much the second. Hopefully the third book of hers will bring back the excitement that the Couple Next Door did for me.

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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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