A Stranger in the House

A Stranger in the House

eBook - 2017
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Penguin Putnam
Look out for Shari Lapena’s new thriller, AN UNWANTED GUEST, available soon.


“Smart and suspenseful. . . you'll never see the ending coming.” --PureWow

In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

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.

Baker & Taylor
"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 the couple apart You're home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings--it's the call you hoped you'd never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you'd never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. And then, you remember nothing else. They tell your husband you've been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friendis not so sure. And even you don't know what to believe.."--

Baker
& Taylor

Responding to a call she hoped she would never get, a woman braces herself for the worst in a bad part of town and wakes up with no memory of what happened at the same time the police and her husband accuse her of misconduct. By the author of the best-selling The Couple Next Door.
Responding to a call she hoped she would never get, a woman wakes up in a bad part of town with no memory of what happened at the same time the police and her husband accuse her of misconduct.

Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books, 2017
ISBN: 0735221146 (electronic bk.)
9780735221147 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC LAPENA
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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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