A Stranger in the House

A Stranger in the House

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Karen and Tom Krupp are happy--they've got a lovely home in upstate New York, they're practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished--her car is gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse--complete with phone and ID--behind. There's a knock on the door. The police are there to take Tom to the hospital. His wife has had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town. The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she's mostly okay--except that she can't remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good. Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something's been moved. Something's not quite right. Someone's been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions. Because in this house, everyone's a stranger. Everyone has something they'd rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.
Publisher: New York, New York : Pamela Dorman Books, Viking, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735221123
073522112X
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 24 cm

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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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Yoo_hoo5
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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jules64
Jan 30, 2018

An easy read, didn't expect the ending. Not expected because of the thoughts of the character through the book.

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booklady101
Jan 09, 2018

This thriller started off well. The ending just didn’t make sense as the character had been offering us a glimpse into her thinking Throughout. Did I miss something? Or is this just an amateurish way of adding a twist in a predictable thriller?

The best thing about this book is that it's a quick read. Otherwise, the "twists" are very predictable and even after finishing the story, I kept wondering why it was billed as a suspenseful book. And did anyone else want Brigid's husband to be involved somehow? He didn't even seem to belong in the book!

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Spirited13
Dec 29, 2017

Weird book. Frustrating read. I gave up on it half way through. I could go on at length about what is wrong with this book but I think it comes down a couple of things. She is not that good a writer. Her characters not well developed.

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