Title – A Stranger in the House
Author – Shari Lapena
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 304 pages
Publication Date – July 27th 2017 by Bantam Press (imprint of Penguin Random House)
ISBN – 9780593077412
RRP – $37.00 NZD
My Rating – ★★★★/5
“You’re waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You’re making his dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That’s the last thing you remember.
You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car while driving in a dangerous part of town.
The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend is not so sure. And even you don’t know what yo believe.”
I received a copy of A Stranger in the House from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I wasn’t expecting this but I’m so glad I was able to review a copy. I love psychological thrillers.
I’m going to say this now, I was 95% sure that I knew what Karen had done but I couldn’t figure out why. I did think the story Karen told the police was too convenient and there was more going on. But I was not expecting what actually happened at all. The twist to Karen’s story at the end of the book was so good! I did figure out how Brigid’s story was going to end – unless that was all in her head too… I felt like the ending was left open but not enough for a sequel.
I found myself not liking any of the main characters. I think the exception was the detective but he didn’t really count as a main character for me. The ones I’m talking about are Karen, her husband Tom and their neighbour Brigid. They all had their flaws, some more than others, but I just didn’t find any of them likable at all. That normally puts me off a book but for some reason it didn’t with A Stranger in the House. I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Karen and what really happened in that restaurant. But I think it was the twist at the end of the book that really made me not like Karen.
I found some of the writing in this book kind of annoying. I lost count of how many times Tom said ‘the woman I love’ or something similar. And I think he said it more than once on the same page. There was also something Karen kept repeating, to Tom and the police, but it’s kind of a spoiler so I’m not going to put it here. I did read an ARC of A Stranger in the House so that may have changed in the finished copy. It’s not the worst thing to have to read but I did notice every time the characters repeated themselves.
I would definitely recommend this book though. Especially to people who love books that have you guessing the whole way through. I think this is a mystery/thriller so if you enjoy those genres then I’d recommend finding a copy if you haven’t already. I also think fans of Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will like this.
*Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a copy to review*