A Stranger in the House

A Stranger in the House

by Shari Lapena


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“Smart and suspenseful. . . you'll never see the ending coming.” —PureWow

In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say,
Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, Glad to be home.

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There's a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes.  Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good. 

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735221123
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. Her suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, as well as her second novel, A Stranger in the House, were New York Times and international bestsellers. Lapena’s next book, An Unwanted Guest, is forthcoming in summer 2018.

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A Stranger in the House 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great beach book. Good twists and turns especially the ending. It was unexpected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast and easy to read; surprise ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this book but I didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen, Brigid and Tom all have great roles. They each contribute to the murder in question. The question is who is to question???? All of them are not honest or truthful. Which leads to a series of bad choices. It's thrilling and nail biting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, you will like this book! Fast paced, great characters, lots of twists in the story. Keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't expect that ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as great as The Couple Next Door, slightly more predictable but still a great read with unexpeted twists
Anonymous 2 days ago
“A Stranger In The House” is a novel that takes us into the life of a young, optimistic married couple whose world is shaken when the husband, Tom Krupp comes home from work to find that his wife’s car was gone, and the front door unlocked. He begins to worry because it was unlike her to leave the house without her phone or purse, so Tom calls all of her friends but none of them have heard from her. Although the story started out strong, leaving the reader wondering what could happen next, I feel that the story takes a quick turn and becomes predictable after when a policeman shows up at their front door and informs Tom of what has happened. Tom learns that his wife was involved in a horrible car crash but he still can't seem to understand how she was in that situation to begin with. There are many questions that investigators ask Karen the next day but she suffered amnesia from the car accident so she doesn't know where she was going or why she left her house. As police investigate what could have caused the accident, a dead body is found in the abandoned restaurant from which Karen had fled from just before her accident. As new evidence arises, it seems that Karen is connected to the murder and may not be who she claims she is. This leaves her husband, Tom feeling like he is married to a stranger, but still not willing to believe that she could kill. Although he may seem like the ideal husband who loves his wife unconditionally and supports her in this hard time, he is just naive. I believe that the author almost created an unrealistic character. Tom and Karen look like the ideal couple. They are newlyweds who live in a beautiful home in a great area, but Tom almost seem too good to be true. Although in the beginning of the novel the author does a good job of relating Tom and Karen to real life couples, I feel that they quickly become predictable. These predictable characters are partially to blame for the stories lack of twists and turns. I would not recommend this book due to the lack of dept in the plot and characters.
Barnseys_Books 3 months ago
A Stranger in the House was an enjoyable, quick and easy read. There were some unexpected twists and turns but on the whole it wasn't difficult to predict where it was going. The pacing was good; with short, punchy chapters that kept me immersed and earnestly turning pages. The characters, of which there were few, felt one-dimensional and, dare I say it!, dull. Whilst the plot was interesting and uncomplicated, it didn't offer anything new. I was hoping for a concluding killer twist but to be perfectly honest I wasn't blown away.
mistymtns1812 3 months ago
I will start off by saying that I do not normally reach for domestic thrillers. A Stranger in the House was a wild ride and I loved every minute of it. I read the majority of the book in a little over two hours, and I’m pretty sure my heart was beating a little faster than normal. The book is told from a few different perspectives, which takes some getting used to, but once you get past the first few chapters the story flows really well. Karen and Tom are your typical upper middle class, suburban newlyweds. They’re comfortable in their routine until Karen has a nasty car accident and can’t remember what caused it. Suddenly, Tom finds himself questioning if the woman he married is who she says she is. Karen and Tom both have secrets they’d rather not reveal, but their lives might depend on the truth coming out. My favorite part of this story was the changing perspectives. Tom, Karen, and their neighbor Brigid are all unreliable narrators. They’re never telling the whole truth, and it makes you as the reader wonder if you can trust them. The characters are all pretty flat, and if I’m being honest, Tom is super gullible and naïve. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that he and Karen are in marriage counseling and on the brink of a pricey divorce if I checked in on them today. It’s hard to describe this book in detail without spoiling anything. It’s pretty formulaic for a thriller/mystery, so I would say that if you’ve read a lot of these types of books then you’ll probably see everything coming. I initially gave this a 4 star rating but I’m changing it to a 3 star now that I’ve had some time to really take in what I read. As I said before, this is my first domestic thriller, so I don’t have much to compare it to. I thought it was a great read and I would recommend it, but I found that I disliked all of the characters and couldn’t identify with them. At times I found myself screaming at my book because Tom especially, was being a total boob. I will say that this book has made me want to reach for more domestic thrillers in the future and read more of Shari Lapena’s books. I think her writing is easy to read and get through super quick.
Anonymous 4 months ago
From beginning to end this book does not stop getting interesting. Its a definite page turner and I highly recommend for anyone that enjoys thriller novels. I am excited to read the other novels from this author. :)
Anonymous 5 months ago
Excellent read that keeps you hooked and guessing!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Another hard to put down book. Lots of twists and turns with a surprise ending.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Another home run for Shari Lapina!! Loved this book!!
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runnergirl83 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door so I was excited to see she had a new book out. Karen and Tom have been married a couple years. One day Tom comes home and Karen is gone, her car is gone, but her purse and phone are all left behind. She was also in the middle of making something in the kitchen and she randomly left in a hurry. Soon Tom finds out that Karen has been in a car accident and that she was driving recklessly in the worst part of town. In the hospital Karen remembers nothing of why she left in such a hurry. Then when Karen comes back from the hospital she notices little items are moving around in the house; someone is coming in their house when they are not there. This one was okay. The first part I was reading wondering what was going on. Karen doesn't have her memory so I was curious as to what was happening, what had made her leave in such a hurry. And then as you find out it's almost anticlimactic. It's oh, okay. And then even the twist at the very end. I don't know, I just wasn't blown away. The point of view would also change multiple times in a chapter and I'm not sure I like that. I don't mind multiple points of view, but when it changes so quickly and randomly it can get a bit confusing. It was still a good story, I just didn't enjoy it as much as the other book I have read by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down!
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tschnitzler More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns in this story, and the conclusion can be an ending or the opening of a sequel. A seemingly perfect couple's lives are suddenly put into an upheaval when Karen has a auto accident and she is left with no memory of why she was out driving and what caused the accident. Brilliant detectives are investigating a murder, and they are able to pinpoint the dead man's death to minutes before Karen's accident. The rest of the story keeps the reader going back and forth between believing Karen and then deciding she's full of it. Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing complicated about this book at all, and for someone who is looking for a quick, easy read without doing much head scratching, this book will be just right. The writing is pretty straightforward and simple, and the story itself is the same. It's fairly typical of books in this genre; it checks off all the things that should be in a who-done-it, including some interesting surprises along the way. But, it's not particularly thought-provoking or memorable. Still, sometimes the reader just wants something pleasant to breeze through without much thought, which is why I say it's a good beach read--lazy, easy, mildly entertaining while you are reading it. It's rather like a piece of candy. Looks good, tastes good, over quickly, and then on to the next. And there is nothing wrong with that. Quick and easy is just fine sometimes. If that's what you are looking for, you'll enjoy it. Not every read has to be "Gone Girl" :)
Tayler Beahcam More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down! Every prediction I made was proven wrong, you never know what is going to happen. Great read, kept me up two nights in a row to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I couldn't put this one down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not picked up a book ib thw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Initially did not appreciate writing style, but plot more than kept me engaged. Eventually realized underlying logic. Conclusion totally unexpected & unpredictable. Great suspense author. Ann Hulyo