A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena
Published August 15th, 2017 by Pamela Dorman Books
Genres Thriller, Mystery
He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.” 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’s 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 where his wife has been admitted. She 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.
I really enjoyed the author’s first book, The Couple Next Door and although this book seems to have mixed reviews, I still wanted to read it. The book is told from multiple perspectives including Karen, Tom, their neighbor Brigid and Detective Rashbach, who was actually in the author’s first book. The book opens with Karen fleeing from an abandoned building and getting in a car accident. Followed by her husband Tom, arriving home and realizing that his wife has left the house in a hurry, leaving her purse and cell phone behind, along with the front door unlocked. When the police let him know that she had been in a car accident and he arrives at the hospital, he’s quite concerned that she can’t seem to remember where she was going or what she was doing when the accident happens.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the author’s first book, however I do enjoy her writing and I did enjoy the characters in this book. Certain aspects of this book just reminded me of other story lines I have previously read in other books and the overall vibe of the book. There were some interesting twists and turns throughout the book, as well as a twist towards the end which I enjoyed. I would definitely recommend reading it if you enjoyed The Couple Next Door or are a fan of thrillers.