Praise for An Unwanted Guest:
“A gripping mystery perfect for fans of Agatha Christie.”
“Proving that time periods may change but people do not, Lapena delivers a solid whodunit with an ending that would make Dame Christie proud.”
“Another nail-biter perfect for an all-nighter.”
“A new thriller that will give you serious Agatha Christie vibes . . . if you’re one of the many people who counts [And Then There Were None] among their favorite books, you will love An Unwanted Guest. . . . A deftly crafted and expertly paced thriller that will keep readers guessing (and terrified) until the very end.”
“This compelling and realistic modern take on the country-house mystery will gain new fans for the author and is definitely one to hand to devotees of Agatha Christie (and her modern interpreter, Sophie Hannah).”
“An intriguing cast, an isolated location, a raging storm and the threat of death in every dark corner: An Unwanted Guest reads like Agatha Christie with a shot of adrenalin. Clear your desk before you start it because you won’t want to put it down.”
—Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of I Know You Know
“Lapena has written a great whodunit, with a delicious Christie-like vibe. Fans of the author's first novel will want this, and anyone who savors a well-crafted murder mystery will gobble it up!”
—Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for A Stranger in the House:
“Lapena’s A Stranger in the House will have you sleeping with the lights on for weeks.”
“Smart and suspenseful . . . you'll never see the ending coming.”
“So much suspense. So many twists. Good luck sleeping tonight.”
“So many dizzying twists you'd better not drive after reading!”
—Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Parting Shot
“Smart, twisty and compulsive. Suspense and suspicion accumulate relentlessly, toying with your expectations and your emotions right up until the packs-a-punch ending. Don’t miss it, and don’t expect to be able to put it down.”
—Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Girl
“A diverting page-turner."
"Great suspense and lots of twists."
—The Toronto Star
"Lapena keeps the well-developed twists churning, with each a surprise notch in this ever-evolving plot, and she continues this skillful storytelling until the stunning twist at the end . . . memorable."
Praise for The Couple Next Door:
“Meticulously crafted and razor sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page.”
—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once
“The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages.”
“Provocative and shocking. One crime, an entire neighborhood of suspects, secrets, and lies. How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you’ll never guess the truth . . . until it's too late.”
—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Find Her
“I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the story line. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!”
—Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X
“Real men read women writers—because of books like this. Trust me.”
—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Me
“Shari Lapena has written a stunning debut thriller. Turn on the night lights and lock all your doors and windows. The Couple Next Door grabs you with each twist and shocks you with every betrayal.”
—Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Killer Look
“A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild roller-coaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman.”
—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Playing with Fire
“Expertly paced and finely crafted, The Couple Next Door is a gripping thriller of the highest order. I couldn’t put it down.”
—A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor
“Gripped me from the very beginning to the very end!”
—Becky Masterman, author of Rage Against the Dying
“Brilliant! This utterly riveting psychological thriller hurtles along at breakneck speed, never giving you the opportunity to catch your breath. Twisty, turny, and unputdownable.”
—C. L. Taylor, bestselling author of The Lie
“Exquisitely torturous tension.”
“Where did that baby go! It’s hard not to read to the end to find out, and the twists waiting there are gratifyingly clever.”
“The many never-saw-them-coming twists and questionable characters . . . will keep you on the edge of your seat. First-time novelist Lapena’s writing is spare and tense, and it makes The Couple Next Door a compulsive read. The last line is absolutely a killer.”
“[A] well-sculpted domestic thriller . . . highly suspenseful . . . Twists are subtly revealed with aplomb, taking the story to increasingly unpredictable levels.”
Lies, adultery, and murder roil a Hudson Valley neighborhood in Lapena's (An Unwanted Guest, 2018, etc.) latest domestic thriller.
Sixteen-year-old Raleigh Sharpe has been breaking into homes and hacking into computers to send prank emails. His father, Paul, is keen to minimize, or avoid altogether, any legal fallout, but mom Olivia feels terrible and is convinced that, at the very least, an apology is in order. Without consulting Paul or Raleigh, Olivia writes anonymous apology letters and delivers them to homes that Raleigh targeted. When the bludgeoned body of Amanda Pierce is discovered in the trunk of a submerged vehicle, the neighborhood comes under scrutiny. After all, two weeks ago, Amanda's husband, Robert, reported her missing after she didn't return from a girls' weekend, and now he's a prime suspect in her death. His is also one of the homes that Raleigh broke into, and of course Raleigh left his fingerprints all over the place. It's quickly revealed that Robert, an attorney, is hiding something, or a lot of somethings. He's been sleeping with his next-door neighbor Becky, whose husband, Larry, was having an affair with Amanda. Amanda was young, beautiful, inspired seething jealousy from the other wives, and had a reputation for promiscuity, as pretty murdered women so often do. It's an adultery merry-go-round in Aylesford, New York, and Detectives Webb and Moen (no first names and minimal personalities) have their hands full with this lively bunch. Lots of wagging mouths spreading salacious rumors set up a few nicely placed red herrings, and Olivia's efforts, with the help of her friend Glenda, to keep poor coddled Raleigh out of the long arms of the law add angst. Unfortunately, Lapena doesn't give readers any meaty characters to sink their teeth into or even really root for, and readers will likely see the big twist coming a mile away.
Give this toothless suburban thriller a pass.