A Stranger in the House

A Stranger in the House

A Novel

Book - 2019
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From the internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door , comes a domestic thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can't account for herself, and unsettling questions that threaten to tear the couple apart.

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 i.d.--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.
Publisher: United States :, Doubleday Canada,, 2019
ISBN: 9781400026951
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2019


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Nov 16, 2020

Easy read, and good enough but not super memorable.

Oct 17, 2020

Liked how fast moving it was but wasn’t my favorite.

Sep 17, 2020

I thought this was a very great book. I liked how suspenseful it was, and it definitely kept me on my toes. I read this book in one day because I thought it was so good, and I couldn't keep waiting to figure out what was going to happen.

Jun 20, 2020

this book was OK. Does not hold a candle to the Couple Next Door. The writing was okay. It wasn't a bad book but it wasn't great either. Did not feel invested into any character. Read to the end but wouldve been just as satisfied googling the ending.

Mar 31, 2020

I liked the way the suspense continued to build. This made me eager to come back to find out what happened next. The ending was satisfying. The ending had a hitchcockian feel to it. I continue to roll my eyes at Jim.
Rating: 2/5
Book Shelf: Random Reads Book Club

Oct 31, 2019

Well written for the genre, but short on plot and twists. Personally enjoyed Shari's debut novel more. Nonetheless, entertaining and worth your time.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 15, 2019

Well this was a bit of a mess, I don't know if I really liked any of the characters... that said I did enjoy the little twist and the unreliable narrators. It was a pretty quick read for me and it certainly kept me going until the end.

Jul 04, 2019

Not too terrible, I guess....

Feb 15, 2019

I enjoyed it,but thought the ending was stupid.

Dec 06, 2018

You'll never see the ending coming!! Lots of suspense and after reading this good luck sleeping at night. Read the couple next door and an unwanted guest by the same author. Will keep you up at night. Lots of suspense!!

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 15, 2019

She’s remarkably composed. It’s almost as if he’s watching someone else, an actor, playing his wife.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 15, 2019

Suspicion is an insidious thing; doubts have started creeping in, things that he’d previously been able to ignore.

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