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A Stranger in the House

From the author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

The electrifying new thriller from Shari Lapena, author of the bestselling novel of the year, The Couple Next Door.

‘Shari expertly traps you, confounds you and leaves you gasping at the end. More, please . . .’ FIONA BARTON

*****

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 . . .

*****

Praise for Shari Lapena:

'I thought the read-it-in-one-sitting thing was a cliché. Not any more.' LINWOOD BARCLAY

'Entirely compelling, utterly realistic. You will not see the twists coming.' Daily Mail

'Meticulously crafted and razor sharp.' HARLAN COBEN

'A twisty, utterly riveting tale.' TESS GERRITSEN

'Shari Lapena furnishes a clever array of motives and suspects. The tension is high and remains to the last, stunning page.' The Times

'Tense. Unpredictable. Unputdownable. Shari's novels are domestic noir at its finest' SIMON KERNICK

‘Smart, twisty thriller . . . It's taut, intelligent and compelling’Heat

ALSO OUT NOW the new Sunday Times bestseller from Shari Lapena: AN UNWANTED GUEST

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"The plot twists in Shari Lapena's A Stranger in the House made me shout "No!" out loud. Shari expertly traps you, confounds you and leaves you gasping at the end. More, please . . ."
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Seitenzahl 384 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 27.07.2017
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781473541559
Verlag Transworld
Dateigröße 3209 KB
Verkaufsrang 18.423
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Amnesia With Consequences
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 30.12.2017
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

"A Stranger in the House" is the second novel by bestselling author Shari Lapena. After a horrible car accident Karen Krupp not only finds herself without any memory of that night, but suddenly also is the prime suspect of a murder investigation. Did she really do what the police say... "A Stranger in the House" is the second novel by bestselling author Shari Lapena. After a horrible car accident Karen Krupp not only finds herself without any memory of that night, but suddenly also is the prime suspect of a murder investigation. Did she really do what the police say she did or was she just in the wrong place at the wrong time? I rather enjoyed reading Shari Lapena's first novel "The Couple Next Door" and was eager to dive into her new book. Sadly, it didn't meet my expectations. The premise itself I find quite intriguing, if predictable, but it isn't executed as well as it could be. Also, the characters aren't particularly likeable. What bothers me the most, though, is Lapena's writing style. I don't know if it deteriorated that much since her debut or if her translator just did a great job (I read the German copy of "The Couple Next Door"), but it seems really simple and uninspired to me. "A Stranger in the House" is by no means a bad book. Even though I have my problems with it, it's a quick and easy read that will find its following.

A Stranger in the House
von miss.mesmerized am 19.07.2017
Bewertet: gebundene Ausgabe

When Tom Krupp comes home late that evening, he is astonished: the door is not locked. And his wife apparently is in the middle of cooking. Her cell phone and her handbag are there, but where is Karen? When none of their friends have heard anything of her either,... When Tom Krupp comes home late that evening, he is astonished: the door is not locked. And his wife apparently is in the middle of cooking. Her cell phone and her handbag are there, but where is Karen? When none of their friends have heard anything of her either, he calls the police who seem to be at his house immediately: there was an awful accident and the victim could be his wife. Tom is preoccupied and relaxed at the same time. But just as the police he wonders what his wife was doing in that part of town. When a couple of days later a dead body is discovered, Karen’s accident and the murder are quickly linked. Yet, the woman cannot remember anything from that day, she’s suffering from amnesia since the accident. More and more evidence hints at her and Tom has to find out that his wife is everything but not the woman he thought she was. However, he does not know yet that the real danger might come from somewhere completely different. I already liked Shari Lapena’s first novel “The couple next door”, but “A stranger in the House” is much more thrilling and elaborate than her first book. First of all, there is so much the characters hide and only reveal when they are forced to. All of them have their secrets, some minor, some major, and this keeps you alert all the time. Especially since you never know whom you can actually trust. First of all Karen. It is obvious quite from the start that she has some buried secrets from her past and that she deliberately lied to her husband. Nevertheless, she is good at playing roles – also with the reader so until the very last pages. You cannot be sure of who she is and what she is capable of. Second comes Tom. He seems to be a nice and trustful guy, easy to delude perhaps. I was taken by surprise that he also has something kept from his wife which will play a major role in the development of the case. Third Brigid, their neighbour and close friend of Karen. I didn’t like her from the start. She is that nosy observer across the street who is meddling all the time and sticking her nose in other people’s matters. That her role takes some interesting turn came rather as a surprise to me. Even though the reader gets a much better picture of what happened than the police, there is still enough in the dark to keep you from knowing for sure. Since there were so many unexpected twists and turns, I wasn’t completely certain what to believe was the truth until the very end. The plot was cleverly constructed and to me absolutely convincing in all respects. To sum up, a thriller which keeps you alert and reading on.