A Stranger In The House by Shari LapenaA Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

A Stranger In The House

byShari Lapena

Paperback | August 15, 2017

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a new thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can't account for herself and unsettling questions that threaten to tear a couple apart.

You come home after a long day at work, excited to have dinner with your beautiful wife.
     But when you walk through the door, you quickly realize that she's not there.
     In the kitchen, there is a pot on the stove, and vegetables on the counter, abandoned.
     Her cellphone and her purse are still in the house, in the bedroom, exactly where she keeps them.
     It looks like she's left in a blind panic.
     You fear the worst, so you call her friends to see if they know where she is.
     Then you call the police.
     The police tell you that your wife's been in an accident. They found her in the worst part of town, after she lost control of the car while speeding through the streets. But why would she go to that neighbourhood? And why was she driving so fast? Was she running toward something? Or away from something?
     The police think your wife was up to no good.
     You refuse to believe it, at first.
     Then, as the stories and facts don't line up, and your wife can't remember what happened that evening, you start to wonder. You've been married for two years and you thought you knew her better than anyone else in the world . . .
     . . . but maybe you don't.
SHARI LAPENA worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two award-winning literary novels. The Couple Next Door was her suspense debut.
Title:A Stranger In The HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 0.8 inPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385686978

ISBN - 13:9780385686976


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, enjoyable read. I liked the fast paced book but a little predictable. I enjoyed The Couple Next Door better. Still a good read, not outstanding but enjoyable.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay, but not as good as The Couple Next Door I was a little bit disappointed in this book after having read The Couple Next Door... the story was pushed too far and sometimes predictable.
Date published: 2018-09-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the Best Read The book starts out strong: a man comes home from work to find the house unlocked and his wife’s car gone. The kitchen shows signs of dinner being prepared: a pot of water on the stove, vegetables chopped on the kitchen counter. He calls for his wife but there is no answer. She has left behind her purse and her mobile. Worried, he begins calling her friends, their neighbours, but no one has seen her. Then a policeman knocks on the door .... Lapena really sets the scene here, and I actually had goosebumps visualising it! Unfortunately, from here, the books began nosediving for me, like a shot-down plane on its fiery spiral into the abyss. Perhaps the first warning sign was the main protagonist’s amnesia. Don’t get me wrong, amnesia can be a good tool in a psychological thriller if used the right way. Include a few confusing flashbacks, some conflicting witness stories, some inner turmoil, some suspense. But not on its own, not simply to disguise the plot by throwing the big dark blanket of “I can’t remember” over everything just as an excuse to withhold vital information to the reader that could solve this “mystery” in two minutes flat. A Stranger in the House is a book with very few characters. Tom, Karen and Brigid from next door. And of course the detective, whose name I have already forgotten because for me, he felt like a very forgettable character. There wasn’t a single personality trait to the man that made him stand out from any other run-of-the-mill detective, except that he did not seem to be particularly good at his job. I was surprised to discover that this was the same detective from The Couple Next Door, the author’s debut novel, which I had enjoyed. Anyway, the problem with a very small cast is that unless they are engaging and captivating, the reader soon loses interest. I thought my life was pretty boring, but compared to this little troupe my social life is a downright circus! There are no friends, no family, no work colleagues. And to be totally honest, I hated all three characters. So now we have a problem, because I really didn’t care what happens to any of them, especially Brigid, who seemed so stereotypical that I was wondering at times if the author was writing tongue-in-cheek to throw some wild curveball right at the end. But sadly, no. I am sure that A Stranger in the House will appeal to an audience who is less particular about their fare of “psychological thriller”. The bottom line is – I do want to be thrilled. I want my mind messed with. I want tension, I want suspense. After enjoying The Couple Next Door, it saddens me having to admit that I did not get any of this from A Stranger in the House, even though there were moments when there was real potential for it to become interesting. After having read a few disappointing “psychological thrillers” lately, I believe that I may simply not be the right audience for A Stranger in the House. It may appeal to people who enjoy a quick and undemanding read for the beach or the plane, but for me was lacking in depth and thrills.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good thriller I didn't enjoy it quite as much as The couple Next Door, but still a fast-paced thriller that keeps you turning pages until the end.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner Good writing, story line was predictable but still worth the read!! I'm a huge fan of Shari's work!!
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! The beginning was a little slow, but once it picked up I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it Some parts were a bit predictable but overall I really enjoyed it and it kept me interested enough to finish it in a couple of days.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I bought this book because Lapena's first book 'The couple next door' was one of the best books I've ever read. Loved 'A stranger in the house', but I think I enjoyed her first book the most, only because I somewhat predicted the end to this one. None the less, I LOVE this author and can't wait to get my hands on her latest book 'An unwanted guest'.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book even though was repetitive i finished reading the book the other day and everything still fresh in my head. The book struck me as something that has been written a million times over, but, yet it still kept me interested in it. Murder takes place quickly - in the first 2 pages - and rest of the book is your typical who done it. I did enjoy her first book, Couple next door, and was anxious to see how her second was. There are 3 main characters (husband, wife and noisy neighbour) and 2 detectives that were realistic. There were certain parts of that i think dragged and were repetitive, but, other parts where the action was described beautiful. If you like a who done it type of novel, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Endearing read This book kept me hooked! It was a little slow to get into at first but overall I loved it! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!! If you love suspense and a good mystery then this book is perfect. Really enjoyed it right to the end.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book You think you know what is going on until the very end ...
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book! Excellent mystery, good writing, read it in 2 days.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!!! This was a "can't put it down" kind of book. I loved the Stranger Next Door but this was ten times better! There were so many twists it left you on the edge of your seat and the ending was just awesome! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked I really liked this book. It's an easy read and I loved the ending.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ending.... wow Definitely one of the biggest plot twists of an ending I have read. Really great storyline overall
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Couldn’t put it down! Excellent psychological thriller. #plumreviews
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Shari Lapenna! She writes such incredible stories I really enjoy her books! This was exception! No idea was critics are saying down below this book was exactly what you would expect out of a physiological thriller. It kept me guessing and was easy to read so top notch in my books!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Promising Plot But Mediocre Writing My mind is playing tricks on me as for some unexplained reason, I thought this is a historical fiction. Perhaps the book cover left that impression on me. Anyway, since I already borrowed this book from the library I might as well give it a shot albeit this is not my usual go to genre. Plot:- Tom and Karen Krupp lives in a nice and quiet suburb where Tom is an accountant, and Karen is a housewife and a bookkeeper. Their mundane life is turned upside down when Karen is involved in a serious car accident in a sketchy neighbourhood, causing her to suffer from retrograde amnesia. On the same night, a man was shot dead in the same neighbourhood. As homicide investigation reveals a possible connection between these two incidents, so does Karen's dark past begins to unravel itself, causing suspicions and mistrusts between her and Tom, and also their friendly neighbour, Brigid. The plot does sound promising but it only manged to hold my interest in the first half of the book. It is predictable and honestly I think this plot has been done before. So, there is nothing fresh or any "ah-ha" moments for me. The characters are shallow and bland. There is not one likeable characters in the story! Everyone has their own agenda, selfish and simply annoying. There is just no connections with the characters. I could not even sympathize with Karen although she is the main character and victim (maybe or maybe not?) in the story. The writing or prose reminds me of Girl On The Train book. It is difficult to read. Not because it is complicated, but rather due to the somewhat juvenile writing and certainly not the kind of writing I would expect from a bestselling author. With that being said, if you're looking for a quick (very quick) and easy psychological thriller/suspense novel, perhaps you might enjoy this read. Will I read another Lapena's book? I can confidently say no. Just like I did not read another Paula Hawkins book after Girl On The Train.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I loved reading this book, it kept me hooked, I felt it was a bit predictable towards the end. But definitely a fun easy read!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so good This novel was very predictable and also very slow. I would definitely not call this a thriller.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable and a bit boring It took me awhile to get into this book, it was very predictable, there was nothing surprising in the story. It's another one of those plots that have been over done time and again. I actually prefer the authors prior book, The Couple Next Door over this one.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Staple When i know recommend a thriller to anyone this is one of the ones I start with. Such a great read #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed it! I thought this book was very well-written, despite what some people seem to be saying. I suspected some of the things that happened would, but there are parts that lead you to believe otherwise and give you a "maybe I'm wrong" sense.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull DULL dull Even if you are sitting on a beach this is not a good pick. Terrible writing, and the story line isn't believable. It was Easy to predict and SOOOOO redundant! SKIP IT !!!!! I wish I could get my money back
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Completely Dull I had such high hopes for this but was completely let down. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little disappointed It is an ok read. It kept me interested and I was excited for a twist ending but it was pretty classic. I could predict what was coming. This is a genre I love so I also feel like I am a little critical. Wasn't the best page turner in my opinion
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was definitely a great read! I couldn't put it down as it kept me guessing the whole way through. Great twist at the end!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh Not sure what was trying to be achieving through the characters, plot, or book in whole. Plot was quite boring to say the least, and had no actual growth. Characters have never been so poorly written, especially the female characters. Would think as a female author in this day and age, Sheri Lapena would give them more depth and growth besides jealousy. Was thoroughly disappointed with the quality of plot, characters, and writing.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great thriller of a book! Enjoyed this book until the very end, had you guessing about what was going to happen next and made you question "Who did it?".
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Snooze Fest This book could have been half the amount of pages it actually was. The author just seemed to write the same ideas and words in a different order for each chapter. Very redundant, super obvious ending. Not a thriller, but more like a snoozer.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Kept you engaged the whole time. Also felt like you were rooting for the main character the whole time!
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I had a hard time putting this book down. Finished it in one weekend. Great story line, lots of twists and turns.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put this book down! A book you can read in one sitting, you want to know what happens so badly! Then you think you have it all figured out but then there's another twist. I loved it and am hoping for a sequel!
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read! I liked it because it is the type of book you can finish in a day but still has a decent story line!
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Three stars Not as good as The Couple Next Door but still worth a read
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING My fiance purchased Shari's last book the "Couple Next Door" for me for Christmas and I could NOT put it down. Once I finished that one I immediately went to Indigo the next day and purchased this book-- and it was AMAZING. Another page turner, a book you just can't get enough of ! Suspenseful and gripping ! The characters are great, the story line is chilling and new ....! I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone. You will not put it down.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really surprised me This book really surprised me! I wasn't the biggest fan of The Girl on the Train, I thought it was predictable. For whatever reason, I thought this one would be the same but to my surprise, it wasn't! I couldn't put this one down and I was very surprised with the ending, not what I expected at all!
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book!!! This is one of the best books I have read in awhile!!! Good book to read on a stormy cold Sunday!!! Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down I got this recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I did. I got this book started and finished it in the same day.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok story this was an ok story. not as good as the couple next door, but still a good read.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh The Couple Next Door was a much better read than this mediocre book. It was easy to guess the plot and where it took you.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I bought this book after reading the couple next door. I really enjoy reading Shari's books and am looking forward to the next one coming out this summer! The twists in her stories always have me flipping pages and hooked.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick Read Not as good as The Couple Next Door. An okay read.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Simple Quick simple read. Not much else going for this book. Read it until the end regardless without really any interest. Pretty predictable.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Good, easy read. Ending is surprising. Read it in a day. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NO! An okay read. What was great that one can find so many grammatical errors all throughout the novel and it kind of became a game to circle all the errors.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick Read This is a binge worthy book and is a very quick to read. The book does not have a large plot twist however the mystery and suspense throughout is well written. If you enjoyed this book I would recommend the couple next door.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved the twists and turns in this book. Loved the ending.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Easy read. Read it in two days. Really enjoyed this book
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy short read The book was ok, if you like short thriller books that you can finish in a day or two. It lacked good character development that I like. For example "the light between oceans" was a good short read with good character development. This one lacked it . Felt like a good "junk food" book.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good one I read this one in a day. It was pretty good; kept me entertained throughout. Would be a good vacation read (if you like thrillers).
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and intense read The author did an amazing job fitting everything together. I was completely absorbed every time i picked the book back up. When i noticed that it was the same author as The Couple Next Door i snatched it right off the shelf with high expectations. She did not disappoint, it was fantastic. Such a great book!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Binge-worthy Easy read that you will get through quickly. This book kept my attention from beginning to end. Definitely a read for anyone that loves a mystery and a twist at the end. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This was a great book, full of suspense and really keeps you interested. I tried to predict the ending but it took me by surprise. Definitely woth the read.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from That Last Chapter Got Me! A very entertaining read, which kept me on edge almost the entire book. I was excited to read this one because I enjoyed Lapena's other novel, The Couple Next Door, and I was hoping that her second book would be on par with the first one. Well, A Stranger in the House did not disappoint at all! I deducted one star in my rating because there were few down moments somewhere in the beginning of the book. But the story picked up within a few more chapters, and I found it hard to stop reading especially at about the last 30 pages of the book. Although I already had some thoughts on who actually was the perpetrator, there were moments when I had to second-guess myself. The last chapter was especially jaw-dropping for me. It had the twist that i did not really expect! Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I am looking forward to read other novels by Shari Lapena.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book This was one of best thrillers I've read in a while. While it was perfect, the storyline was awesome and the ending was excellent!
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not enjoying it I bought this book because I'd read the description online. It sounded really good. Unfortunately, it's not a good book. I find it terribly boring and monotonous. Characters have no personalities. I'm going to return it and get my money back.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings... Maybe a 2.5 or 3 stars? Not the best but not bad either. The characters were all a little too... bland/predictable? The ending was predictable and seemed rushed. The Couple Next Door was definitely better. That being said, I don't regret picking it up. It was still a fairly enjoyable and quick read.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope I didn’t even get 1/3 of the way in. Boring characters, boring plot and an extremely easy read. Naw. I’ll pass on this one.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This is the second book by Shari Lapena that I have read, and it definitely fulfilled my expectations. The plot was exciting and full of twists. A must read for fans of the genre!
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favorite The book was good but not my favorite, not a must read but still enjoyable enough to get through
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Great story, easy fast paced page turner. I can't wait to read The Couple Next Door now!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic Loved this book...could not put it down. Only took me 2 days to read it. Fabulous
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from had me until the last page... super easy ready. anyone can get through this in a week. the whole story was great and keep me wanting to read more. The ending was a huge disappointment though. it felt as if the writer just got tired of writing and ended it in the quickest way possible
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book This book is as good as the Couple next door, hard to put down. It is a book worth reading.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not too bad, but could be better An easy read but fairly forgettable plot. Nice twist but I wouldn't read it again if I had the choice.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad! The ending had an interesting plot twist, but the main point of the plot i thought was very obvious from the first few chapters so it didn't keep you guessing or wondering, not a bad read, but not something i would recommend
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Predictable premise but some good twists & turns
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read An easy read but fairly forgettable plot. Nice twist but it won't stay on my book shelf to be reread.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great suspense novel I am so glad that I liked this book as much as The Couple Next Door. Great suspense novel. I am looking forward to the author's next book.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely Awful; Would Not Recommend In the words of Ron Burgundy, "That escalated quickly." And in the words of everyone who's ever been disappointed by something they invested time and/or money in, I want it back. Thankfully, I only borrowed this from the library; I didn't spend anything to sit staring at the pages, thinking, "What the actual heck just happened here?" But I did waste my entire afternoon reading about housewives behaving badly and Barbie and Ken's murder fiasco. Because - literally - Tom and Karen could not be more similar to the perfect, plastic couple. Not a single character in this book had any depth whatsoever. Complete with bland, dull names such as "Bob" and "Tom" and "Karen". You can hardly tell the main couple apart from the neighbors. And unsurprisingly, the ending didn't make up for any of it. I've seen negative reviews about this book but thought I'd give it a chance anyway; ultimately, I'm not surprised or disappointed, just frustrated that I wasted my time.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good ! it was pretty good ! i personally didn't see the end coming so i thought it was some what of a plot twist.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable This book was very predictable. super easy read, I read it a few hours. I would not recommend, too transparent
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enthralling! Just could not put this book down, I have recommended this book to a few people and they all agree it's a great book
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it, it had me from the minute I picked it up right until the end.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! Disclaimer: I didn't enjoy The Couple Next Door all that much, so I didn't have high hopes for this one. But I quickly realized this book was a better read (in my opinion) than that one! I ripped through this book in 3 days on vacation.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick and captivating It was very thrilling, however it was a very short read for me. Still worth the read though. Greatly written.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book! Lots of plot twists. Was a fast read and could not put it down. Enjoyed it as much as The Couple Next Door. Looking forward to another book from her.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Disappointment! This book was no disappointed from The Couple Next Door. Type of book you can't put down, you need to know what happens next. A definite must read!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great book! I read this book in 2 sittings. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read It was a very easy read with not a whole lot too it, entertaining but not super gripping
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner Much preferred this book to "The Couple Next Door" by the same author. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Better than her first in my opinion. It was the second book i took on vacation and while i was on said vacation, got an email to join her book club for this book :| disappointed i couldn't go but looking forward to more from her
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting I found the beginning and end to be good but the middle got a bit boring for me. Overall a good quick read with plot twists.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read.... This was the second book I read by Ms Lapena. I must say I enjoyed this much more than the The Couple Next Door. If you like a drama with a bit of everything and all of it well put together, go for it...
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! I really enjoyed this book! It was a thriller/suspense that was well written. It's a quick read too, great for a vacation. If you liked Gone Girl and those types of books I think you'll like this one!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Personally Enjoyed It Gripping from beginning to end but not everyone is going to like it.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read An easy, quick read. Purchased for 50% off on Boxing day. Was able to finish in 2 days...lots of twists and turns. Ending was a bit of a disappointment.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from excited defiantly one my reading list
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ok the whole story didn't make sense to me and i found it was a bit disappointing to read as there was no action to part take in #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love! Keeps you on the edge of your chair. Be sure to read with all the lights on....
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I was a little disappointed with the ending
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I was a little disappointed with the ending
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok the whole story is ok but the ending is bit disappointing
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful! This is a true mystery book. I couldn’t stop reading it! I wanted to find out what happened at the end sooo badly. It was great. I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping! Got it for half price and am happy I did. Great little book to pass the time on a cold winter's day!
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best read Very disappointed with this book, got less and less captivating as it went on
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated all aspects of this book. I don't remember the last time I read a book this badly written with an insultingly simple plot, so I can't imagine anyone who've read more than three books think this is worth their time. What bugged me the most...the unlikeable cookie-cutter characters thought they were the best thing ever.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Very quick read. I throughly enjoyed it. I did not want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best book I really enjoyed the beginning of the book and where it seemed that the story was heading, but then it started to get less and less intriguing as the book went on and I was pretty disappointed by the ending. It seemed stale and unimaginative. I also didn't enjoy the style of writing. I was definitely expecting more from this book.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It was enjoyable and a fairly quick read. I didn't find the twists to be overly surprising, but it was still a pretty solid thriller. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it. I thought this was well written and fast paced. Only took me a few days to read. I think the story line was better than the first book, more believable. I definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy and entertaining read This book was entertaining enough and kept my attention from beginning to end, but if you are looking for award winning writing I would look elsewhere. Great piece to take with you on vacation as it is easy to put down and pick right back up without missing a beat. Not as strong as 'the couple next door' and character development was a bit shallow but worth a few hours of entertainment.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This book was awful I am surprised at all of the high reviews - I was extremely disappointed in this book. The first 3 chapters were incredible (which is why I didn't give it one star). Then, instead of being a thriller, it became a story which was incredibly boring. The end was nothing spectacular - in fact I had already guessed it & had come up with better endings myself. I don't consider this a well written thriller in any way.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay! I found her other book more interesting, but I tend to sit down and her books within a day.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was meh I see all the 5 star reviews, and I guess I just have different taste. The book was okay, not amazing to me, but not horrible either. I didn't like the way it was written, short choppy sentences and a whole lot of he said, she said
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing this is a good thriller book, recommend it!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMaziing book! This book kept me on my edge until the very end. What a page turner!! Awesome awesome read, i highly recommend it to anyone who loves thriller books
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great thriller! Shari Lapena can write a story that keeps the reader guessing, right up until the end! Picked this title up after reading The Couple Next Door and Lapena did not disappoint
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book consumed me. I lived in every word, and felt every feeling.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great thriller! I sincerely appreciated reading this book, because of all the twists and turns it takes with time. I recommend it!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Talks about issues present in our society.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful read Engrossing, love it! Suspenseful and time well spent
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was a really fun read and did not take me long to finish. It was a real page-turner!
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turning thriller The first sentence captivated me to read this book immediately. Karen is an ordinary housewife. She is married to Tom, who loves her deeply. He is shocked to come home from work to find the door unlocked and Karen's purse and cell phone on the counter. He is even more taken aback when the police tell him Karen has been in a car accident. She is in the hospital with no memory of the accident. Soon we learn there was a murder near the rough part of town Karen sped away from that night. A man was shot three times. Tom shows up at the hospital to learn she has amnesia as a result of a serious concussion. Her best friend and neighbour, Brigid also shows up at the hospital concerned. Tom and Karen's lives soon unravel as he learns his wife Karen isn't who she claims to be. She only became Karen three years ago. Secrets from her past come to light and Tom can't help but believe she murdered that man and she is lying about being unable to remember. He doesn't know who she and what to believe. Every new detail leaves him frustrated, afraid and in disbelief about the woman he married and knows nothing about. Unbeknownst to Karen, Tom has secrets of his own, the main one includes Brigid. This story is told from the perspectives of several characters. Karen, Tom, Brigid - who have secrets they are trying to bury - and Detective Rasbach who untangles the web of lies and varying alibis and evidence to learn what happened that night and how the three are involved. Shari writing is thrilling. She uses active verbs, descriptive details and through each of the characters the story progresses. No one is who they seem in this book.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Maybe it's me... I couldn't make it through this book. To be fair, I'd been reading a lot of books recently of this style and maybe I'm just sick of them and feel like they're all predictable, even with the twists. BUT I couldn't get through it because I was just annoyed. I get it.. you can't remember, and I did not have the patience anymore to wait 3/4 of the book to finally get anywhere. I read her other book and wasn't a huge fan of it either, so I couldn't commit.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book! I wish this book was longer! I read another book by this author and it was amazing so i picked this up & got hooked on it just as fast! love love love, a must read
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ending! Another strong psychological thriller from this author... You might wonder just who is A Stranger in the House...is it the wife, Karen? The husband, Tom? Or maybe the neighbour across the street, Brigid? This book will certainly keep you guessing. The prologue begins as Karen’s car crashes into a utility pole and she is left injured with no memory of the events leading to her panicked getaway. The discovery of a body with gunshot wounds ensures things will only get more complicated before they get better. The ending was my favorite part of this book...it was so good! This was a fun, quick read that I liked even better than her first book, The Couple Next Door. 4 stars.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This book was a fabulously enthralling romp into a web of insanity and deceit. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprise There is definitely a thrilling aspect to the novel. There was a nice surprise or two locked inside the story.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It was very addicting to read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had me Guessing I've been hemming and hawing over rating this book a 3.5 star or 4. I think I have settled on a 4 star rating. For those that love novels like, "Girl on the Train" or "Gone Girl", this one is for you. I actually didn't really like "Gone Girl" but I mean, if you like that sort of style in a mystery-thriller, this one is comparable. This was a good read overall. I wouldn't say I was the biggest fan of the writing style because I felt that it could be choppy at times but I still enjoyed it enough to race through this book in a day. It's hard to really describe the mystery of the story because I think some aspects of the story can be predictable. But at the same time, even if you may be able to predict something, there is no real immediate confirmation (I'm being vague due to avoiding spoilers). I actually liked the way that was done because even when I was thinking of my own suspects, I still had a level of uncertainty that had me keep reading in anticipation. As per my norm when it comes to this genre ("Gone Girl" and "Girl on the Train" being examples), I didn't really enjoy any of the characters or find them likeable. This isn't a bad thing when it comes to this genre! I find with this genre that if I remain passive to all of the characters due to dislike of their characteristics/personalities, it makes it harder for me to be able to predict who is the criminal/murderer. The one thing that I will say though, which I won't name names to avoid spoilers, is that I HATED one character. From the beginning. That character had all of the qualities to make me want to throw the book (I didn't, don't worry). If you have read this book and are able to guess who it is from my level of being vague, PLEASE tell me that I wasn't the only person who was repulsed by this character! As a whole, I would recommend this book to those who enjoy the mystery-thriller genre. I wouldn't say it's anything revolutionary but it was an entertaining and anticipatory read. ***Thank you to Goodreads as well as the author and publisher for supplying me with this novel via a giveaway***
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just OK Compared to her last book Couple Next Door, i thought this one was just OK
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Entertaining, quick read but very predictable. I suspected the "twist" at the end right at the beginning.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprise ending The ending surprised me quite a bit, I didn’t see it coming. It was a great read and I couldn’t put it down.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok story. If you have read his other book, go ahead an read this one too. It was ok for me, surprising characters.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick read! So good! Finished quickly because I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Stranger in the House I very much enjoyed this book. The author keeps you guessing until the very end and it was very easy to read.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Skip it I read this book very quickly and same as Shari Lapena's other book, it's very easy to get absorbed into the story and find out what really happened. However, I found the mystery in this one to be more boring as well as more predictable. I wouldn't recommend reading it because there are books that are much more exciting out there. But if you were a big fan of The Couple Next Door, it might be worth the read for you.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I literally finished this book in 3 days, I seriously could not put it down. Very excelled and captivating thriller!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I literally finished this book in 3 days, I seriously could not put it down. Very excelled and captivating thriller!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! So captivating. You'll never put it down.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Escape! Read through in one sitting; kept me interested. characters were believable and terrifying.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I'm personally not a big fan of the writing style and technique.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bingeworthy read A book to read in one sitting because of its twists and turns. Try not to get attached to any one character, they will all surprise you.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Remix if You Will I did enjoy this book, but it was definitely a mix of Gone Girl, Girl on the Train and The Couple Next Door. While this is not a bad thing, it just felt (if you've read the mentioned 3 books) that it was a mash up of all of them. Good twist at the end though! I would recommend this book to a friend because it would be an excellent conversation.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Intriguing .. unexpected plot twist! Interesting read.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good a bit predictable but interesting take on an urban legend
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining! This book kind of reminded me of Gone Girl - not at first but once the story started to unravel. It keeps you guessing and just when you think you have it figured out, there's a big twist. A decent thriller.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you enjoyed other books by Lapena, you will not be disappointed with 'A Stranger in the House'! I bought this book as I read and enjoyed Shari Lapena's previous book, 'The Couple Next Door'. You can expect much of the same with twists and turns and multiple suspects in 'A Stranger in the House'. I particularly enjoyed the reappearance of Detective Rasbach to investigate the Krupp's case. Good, easy read - I read it in 2 sittings. It is an enjoyable book, but I wouldn't call it gripping or suspenseful.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read A wonderful read, suspenseful keeps you hanging on
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I bought this book after reading "Couple Next Door", it is not as riveting but still a great read! The book keeps you guessing throughout until the last few pages!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A well-constructed and engrossing story "A Stranger in the House" was a great read from beginning to end. I am a true fan of mystery/thrillers, and to me the true test of a good read is when the ending takes me by surprise. Shari Lapena has created a story which is well-constructed and engrossing, and I look forward to her next book.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! This was such an exciting read - I was constantly left guessing
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it !! I thought this book had an amazing plot line and was so engrossing for the reader - I couldn't put this down and read it all at once
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! Very suspenseful, I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such a wonderful addition to any book collection. So beautifully written and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok was hyped for this book, and was somewhat pleased, but not entirely. Good for a quick read, but will not match your highest expectations.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Read until the last page!! Twists are never ending.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stranger in the House I love psychological mysteries like this one.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I will admit, I initially thought to myself "this is a 4.5 star book," but I just couldn't do it. The more I think about it the better it gets
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! As I read I thought it was a predicable book, however it did end up surprising me! Great easy read!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! Like others, I really enjoyed The Couple Next Door. This did not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Twisty but predictible Offered some twists but the ending was as expected
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The couple next door was way better It was an alright thriller but the ending was so predictable. I only read this book because I liked the author. I wouldn't waste my time reading this book.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amaing! Lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The font is large and makes for a relaxing and easy read.
Date published: 2017-10-09

Read from the Book

Chapter OneOn this hot August night, Tom Krupp parks his car–a leased Lexus–in the driveway of his handsome two-story home. The house, complete with a two-car garage, is set behind a generous lawn and framed with beautiful old trees. To the right of the driveway, a flagstone path crosses in front of the porch, with steps leading up to a solid wooden door in the middle of the house. To the right of the front door is a large picture window the width of the living room.The house sits on a gently curving street that ends in a cul-de-sac. The surrounding houses are all equally attractive and well maintained, and relatively similar. People who live here are successful and settled; everyone's a little bit smug.This quiet, prosperous suburb in upstate New York, populated with mostly professional couples and their families, seems oblivious to the problems of the small city that surrounds it, oblivious to the problems of the larger world, as if the American dream has continued to live on here, smooth and unruffled.But the untroubled setting does not match Tom's current state of mind. He cuts the lights and the engine and sits uneasily for a moment in the dark, despising himself.Then, with a start, he notices that his wife's car is not in its usual place in the driveway. He automatically checks his watch: 9:20. He wonders if he's forgotten something. Was she going out? He can't remember her mentioning anything, but he's been so busy lately. Maybe she just went out to run an errand and will be back any minute. She's left the lights on; they give the house a welcoming glow.He gets out of the car into the summer night–it smells of freshly mown grass–swallowing his disappointment. He wanted, rather fervently, to see his wife. He stands for a moment, his hand on the roof of the car, and looks across the street. Then he grabs his briefcase and suit jacket from the passenger seat and tiredly closes the car door. He walks along the path, up the front steps, and opens the door. Something is wrong. He holds his breath.Tom stands completely still in the doorway, his hand resting on the knob. At first he doesn't know what's bothering him. Then he realizes what it is. The door wasn't locked. That in itself isn't unusual-most nights he comes home and opens the door and walks right in, because most nights Karen's home, waiting for him. But she's gone out with her car and forgotten to lock the door. That's very odd for his wife, who's a stickler about locking the doors. He slowly lets out his breath. Maybe she was in a rush and forgot.His eyes quickly take in the living room, a serene rectangle of pale gray and white. It's perfectly quiet; there's obviously no one home. She left the lights on, so she must not have gone out for long. Maybe she went to get some milk. There will probably be a note for him. He tosses his keys onto the small table by the front door and heads straight for the kitchen at the back of the house. He's starving. He wonders if she's already eaten or whether she's been waiting for him.It's obvious that she's been preparing their supper. A salad is almost finished; she has stopped slicing mid-tomato. He looks at the wooden cutting board, at the tomato and the sharp knife lying beside it. There's pasta on the granite counter, ready to be cooked, a large pot of water on the stainless steel gas stove. The stove is off and the water in the pot is cold; he dips a finger in to check. He scans the refrigerator door for a note-there's nothing written on the whiteboard for him. He frowns. He pulls his cell phone out of his pants pocket and checks to see if there's any message from her that he might have missed. Nothing. Now he's mildly annoyed. She might have told him.Tom opens the door to the refrigerator and stands there for a minute, staring sightlessly at its contents, then grabs an imported beer and decides to start the pasta. He's sure she'll be home any minute. He looks around curiously to see what they might have run out of. They have milk, bread, pasta sauce, wine, parmesan cheese. He checks the bathroom-there's plenty of toilet paper. He can't think of anything else that might be urgent. While he waits for the water to come to a boil, he calls her cell, but she doesn't pick up.Fifteen minutes later, the pasta is ready, but there is no sign of his wife. Tom leaves the pasta in the strainer in the sink, turns off the burner under the pot of tomato sauce, and wanders restlessly into the living room, his hunger forgotten. He looks out the large picture window across the lawn to the street beyond. Where the hell is she? He's starting to get anxious now. He calls her cell again and hears a faint vibration coming from behind him. He whips his head toward the sound and sees her cell phone, vibrating against the back of the sofa. Shit. She forgot her phone. How can he reach her now?He starts looking around the house for clues as to where she might have gone. Upstairs, in their bedroom, he's surprised to find her bag sitting on her bedside table. He opens it with clumsy fingers, faintly guilty about going through his wife's purse. It feels private. But this is an emergency. He dumps the contents onto the middle of their neatly made bed. Her wallet is there, her change purse, lipstick, pen, a tissue packet-it's all there. Not an errand then. Maybe she stepped out to help a friend? An emergency of some kind? Still, she would have taken her purse with her if she was driving the car. And wouldn't she have called him by now if she could? She could borrow someone else's phone. It's not like her to be thoughtless.Tom sits on the edge of the bed, quietly unraveling. His heart is beating too fast. Something is wrong. He thinks that maybe he should call the police. He considers how that might go. My wife went out and I don't know where she is. She left without her phone and her purse. She forgot to lock the door. It's completely unlike her. They probably won't take him seriously if she's been gone such a short time. He hasn't seen any sign of a struggle. Nothing is out of place.Suddenly he gets up off the bed and rapidly searches the entire house. But he finds nothing alarming–no phone knocked off the hook, no broken window, no smear of blood on the floor. Even so, he's breathing as anxiously as if he had.He hesitates. Perhaps the police will think they've had an argument. It won't matter if he tells them there was no argument, if he tells them they almost never argue. That theirs is an almost perfect marriage.Instead of calling the police, he runs back into the kitchen, where Karen keeps a list of phone numbers, and starts calling her friends.-Looking at the wreckage in front of him, Officer Kirton shakes his head in resignation. People and cars. He's seen things to make his stomach empty itself on the spot. It wasn't that bad this time.There'd been no identification on the crash victim, a woman, probably early thirties. No purse, no wallet. But the vehicle registration and insurance had been in the glove compartment. The car is registered to a Karen Krupp, at 24 Dogwood Drive. She'll have some explaining to do. And some charges to face. For now, she's been taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital.As far as he can figure, and according to witnesses, she was traveling like a bat out of hell. She ran a red light and smashed the red Honda Civic right into a pole. It's a miracle no one else was hurt.She was probably high, Kirton thinks. They would get a tox screen on her.He wonders if the car was stolen. Easy enough to find out.Thing was, she didn't look like a car thief or a druggie. She looked like a housewife. As far as he could tell through all that blood.-Tom Krupp has called the people he knows Karen sees most often. If they don't know where she might be, then he isn't waiting any longer. He's calling the police.His hand trembles as he picks up the phone again. He feels sick with fear.A voice comes on the line, "911. Where's your emergency?"As soon as he opens the door and sees the cop on his doorstep, his face serious, Tom knows something very bad has happened. He is filled with a nauseating dread."I'm Officer Fleming," the cop says, showing his badge. "May I come in?" he asks respectfully, in a low voice."You got here fast," Tom says. "I just called 911 a few minutes ago." He feels as if he might be going into shock."I'm not here because of a 911 call," the officer says.Tom leads him into the living room and collapses onto the large white sofa as if his legs have given out, not looking at the officer's face. He wants to delay the moment of truth for as long as possible.But that moment has come. He finds that he can hardly breathe."Put your head down," Officer Fleming says, and places his hand gently on Tom's shoulder.Tom leans his head toward his lap, feeling like he's going to pass out. He fears that his world is coming to an end. After a moment he looks up. He has no idea what's coming next, but he knows it can't be good.

Editorial Reviews

#1 National BestsellerA New York Times BestsellerInternational Bestseller"So many dizzying twists you'd better not drive after reading!" —Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Parting Shot"Shari Lapena poses the question: How well do you know your spouse? . . . 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." —Associated Press"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"Great suspense and lots of twists." —Toronto Star"A diverting page-turner." —Publishers Weekly"Smart and suspenseful. . . . You'll never see the ending coming." —PureWow"Lapena ups the stakes by narrating from the viewpoint of both husband and wife, as well as by chucking in a firecracker of a plot twist. . . . Her deliberately unemotional prose style enhances the creeping sense of dread throughout." —Metro (UK)"A Stranger in the House will have you sleeping with the lights on for weeks." —BustlePRAISE 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." —People"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 Timesbestselling 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." —NPR"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." —USA Today"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." —Good Housekeeping"[A] well-sculpted domestic thriller. . . . Highly suspenseful. . . . Twists are subtly revealed with aplomb, taking the story to increasingly unpredictable levels." —Associated Press