"Keeps you guessing until the end"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted September 20, 2017
Karen and Tom had the perfect marriage. They have been
married for two years. Everything has been going great until
Karen gets a strange phone call. Karen grabs a few things
and flies out of the house. Brenda who lives across the
street sees Karen leave. Brenda and Karen are good friends.
Brenda feeling like something is wrong jumps in her car and
While Karen is very upset after she leaves an old building.
Because Karen is driving out of control, she hits a pole and
ends up in the hospital. In the meantime, Tom has arrived
home and is very concerned when Karen is nowhere in the
house. Karen's purse and phone are there. Karen never leaves
without these items. Shortly after, there is a knock on the
door. The police are there to let him know what has happened
to Karen. Tom rushes to the hospital. While in her room,
Tom asks Karen what had happened. Karen can't remember
anything about the night.
After a few days, things really start to change. The police
have found a dead body in the building where Karen was prior
to her accident. Now the police believe that the dead body
and murder are connected. Not only is this all going on but,
now another secret comes out. Before Tom met Karen he had an
affair with Brenda. Brenda lied to him and told him her
marriage was over. Once Tom found that out he told Brenda
that they were finished.
Now with all this going on, Brenda feels that this is her
chance to get Tom back. Brenda wants everything that Karen
has. So Brenda starts to plant evidence to make sure the
police keep Karen in jail. Brenda tells Tom that she
followed Karen and saw her shot the man. The murder victim
is Karen's husband. Karen had faked her death years ago,
claiming that Robert was an abusive husband. Brenda tells
Tom that as long as he will start sleeping with her again,
she wouldn't tell the police. So who really is the stranger
in the house?
Shari Lapena writes a mystery that is hard to put down. I
was so engrossed in A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, that I did
nothing for a day but read it from cover to cover. Shari,
you really know how to keep people guessing at this story.
There were so many different things going on that I was
having a hard time figuring it out.
The ending was great. Never did I see that coming. I really
had it completely figured out an entirely different way. So
if you have a day that you just don't feel like doing
anything, pick up A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE and just sit back
and read. It will keep you engrossed.
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
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.
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: Keeps you guessing until the end
Yeppers, that's a creepy sounding story! Thanks for the
(Kathleen Bylsma 12:51pm September 23)
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