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A Stranger in the House


Book: A Stranger in the House

Author: Shari Lapena

About the Book: 305 pages, published August 2017 by Pamela Dorman Books, Library book, Goodreads



Tom and Karen Krupp live a seemingly normal life. They have a beautiful home in upstate New York, satisfying jobs, and they are happy together. But one day everything changes. Tom comes home from work to find Karen missing – moments after he informs the police that she’s missing, there is a knock on the door.

The officer tells him that Karen had been in an accident.

… AAAND I was hooked!

They know she was on the bad side of town, but Karen can’t remember anything from that night, amnesia from a severe concussion. Soon police place her at a murder scene. Police begin pulling strings that could unravel her entire, carefully planned out life.


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4 stars

I’m not even sure where to start. I really liked The Couple Next Door which I read over the summer (while I wasn’t blogging). So when I saw this one at the library I just had to pick it up. And I’m really glad that I did. I thought this was a good, easy read and the plot will keep you turning pages until the end.

Things I ❤ ‘ed:

  • The plot, it was interesting and kept me guessing until the very last chapter. Although it may have lacked some originality, I really enjoyed reading it.
  • The use of the characters. I can’t give anything away, but while the books seemed like it was about just the main characters, there was more happening underneath that I didn’t pick up on until the very end.
  • The irony!!! Again with not wanting to give anything away, but MAN! the irony was palpable.
  • This doesn’t really have anything to do with the book, but I finished it on Halloween and it was a perfect time to finish reading it.

Things I didn’t care for: 

  • The book was redundant. Maybe I just need to switch genres for a while, but I thought this book was like any other. Nothing about it was new it was just variations of similar books I liked.
  • The lack of build up. The very first chapter is about the accident and I, for one, felt the characters could really have used more of a setup. The background was (obviously) revealed as the book continued, but I think there was just something missing.
  • I can’t say that the end was a cliff-hanger, but I really didn’t like it. It was like here is the end, this is where we should stop then but wait, there’s this last secret and you’re left with just that knowledge and nothing to do with it.

Altogether, I thought it was a well written, easy read. I would recommend this to people who like mysteries and psychological thrillers, readers of Paula Hawkins, and those who love The Passenger and The Woman In Cabin 10. There were lots of things about the book that I really enjoyed, but, because of the ending and the lack of originality, I’m only giving it 4 stars.


BONUS: A trailer for the book!


Let’s talk! Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Do you agree/disagree with my opinion? Is it on your TBR?


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