A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena outdid herself with this book. I would say A Stranger in the House is as good as The Couple Next Door! I couldn’t put this book down; it was dark, suspenseful and I sure as hell didn’t see that ending coming — it’s a true mystery novel!

Newlyweds Tom and Karen have a picture perfect life, they have a beautiful home and Tom’s a successful accountant. One day Karen is in an accident, she’s crashed her car into a pole and has no idea why she was desperately speeding through her a dangerous neighborhood. While in the hospital, she can’t remember why she’s there. The police who come to ask her questions about the accident find this concerning, almost too good to be true. But to make matters worse, a dead body is discovered where Karen crashed her car!

While back at home recovering from her injuries, she begins to notice things in her home are misplaced; a glass on a counter, the stopper off her perfume is off and even an outline of a body on her bed. Was someone else in her home? With the police asking pointed questions, Tom and Karen become increasingly paranoid, which puts a strain on their once perfect marriage. Karen finds support from her best friend and neighbor, who keeps a very close eye on Tom and Karen!

This is an intriguing and fast-paced thriller that was truly so compelling, I honestly couldn’t put it down! Shari Lapena’s style of writing is easy to follow and I enjoyed the alluring plot twists throughout this novel. Like her previous book, The Couple Next Door, this too has a shocking plot twist of an ending that I really never saw coming!

Shari Lapena has me wrapped around her novels now. From The Couple Next Door to this book, A Stranger in the House, I couldn’t have asked for a better mystery/thriller/suspense author. I am excited and anxious to see what else this author has up her sleeve! Another wild ride from Lapena!


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