A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

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Published: 14th June 2018
Publisher: Corgi
Pages: 384


Why would you run scared from a happy home?

You’re waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You’re making 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 whilst 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 isn’t so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe…


Karen and Tom are a quiet, marriage couple who go about their daily routine without a single care in the world but when Tom receives the news that Karen is in hospital, unconscious and unable to remember why she was driving reckless. Soon enough, the plot quickens and the readers are no longer left in the dark about that mysterious night at the other side of town.

“He’s watching Brigid and he’s also watching his wife.”

With Karen situated in the hospital for a few days, Tom decides to turn their house upside down, searching for something that he doesn’t know what he’s looking for and to no surprise, he finds nothing but what neither of them realise is that they’re both hiding secrets and oh my, when readers discover the truth, it is utterly superb. The police waste no time in turning a reckless driving fine into a murder investigation as a body is discovered in a restaurant down town, exactly where Karen was and yet, she can’t quite remember why she was there but the moment her eyes lock on the photo of the dead body, she knows exactly who he is.

“She’s not the woman he fell in love with. The woman he fell in love with, Karen Fairfield, was a mirage.”

With the murder investigation underway, the readers attention turns to the nosy neighbour Brigid who I instantly wasn’t a big fan of; letting herself into the home of Karen and Tom, pretending she’s unaware of what is going on and quite frankly, her eye is no longer focused on her husband. The relationship between Brigid and Tom is very strange, they both seem to keep each other at arm’s length when Karen is around and there was something a little weird about the two of them. Well, answers were most certainly given and at first, I thought their relationship was going to be a little side story but in actual fact, it turned out to be one of the big storylines within the book.

“She has a new plan. She’ll make Karen pay and she has a secret.”

This probably isn’t one of my best reviews as I found this book very easy to spoil as once you mention one storyline, it is quite easy to work out the rest. But never the less, I did enjoy the plot overall as Shari is by far, one of my favourite mystery authors but it wasn’t my favourite of hers (sorry!) as I thought the overall ending was slightly predictable but I do absolutely love how you think the plot is finished and then you read the final paragraph. Shari is an author who flips the narrative on its head at the last moment and that is quite possibly my favourite element of her books. Her writing never disappoints, her characters are always full of secrets and you will always finish the book wanting to know what happens next.



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