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.
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Title:A Stranger In The HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.99 × 6.1 × 0.87 inPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Customer Reviews of A Stranger In The House


Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok this is such a great book! I loved the plot, storyline, and everything in between!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! loved the first book so i decided to read this one and it was just as good! you'll love it
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good :) Not as great as her first novel but it was still a pretty good book!
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay it was pretty good, although there were some problems with it.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Didn't live up to The Couple Next Door
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read predictable, but still a good book!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fall read :) Not sure why there are a few negative reviews.. everyone has different taste and that's totally okay!! For me this book kept me interested I delved into the relationship of Tom and Karen and wanted to know more and more, Just when you think you have it figured out there will be more turns and twists I would highly recommend this book its a great mystery and kept me entertained I found it hard to put down and was very surprised with the outcome.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh Wasn't too thrilled but felt that it was a good start
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed! I loved Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door so I had high expectation for this book. Unfortunately, it did not lived to them. This book seemed to go against everthing that I loved in the other book. This book was slow paced for a thriller and so predictable. I didn't like any of the characters in this book.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finished in a day! This is probably one of the easiest reads I've done. Lapena has a way of writing that draws the reader in. From the very first page to the last, you're on the edge of your seat because everything is unpredictable. I haven't read her first book (The Couple Next Door) but I'm definitely reading that next.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devoured in one afternoon This was a great read! Thought I had it figured out...then I didn't! Kept me guessing to the end. Look forward to more from this author. Watch out for neighbours!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ending! This book came highly recommended by a friend. I started reading it and just didn't seem to ever get fully dragged into the storyline; until half way through. I can't pinpoint what part of the story but suddenly I needed to know how it was going to end. Interesting read and always had an making guesses to how it would end. I didn't see even consider the ending but it was a great read. I would recommend it.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No thank you Terribly disappointed in this book, I had read Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door and had thoroughly enjoyed it so I was hoping for a repeat. This book is extremely predictable (I figured out the ending about a 1/4 of the way through), the characters are unlikeable and the writing is just sad. I get the feeling that Lapena was pushed by publishers to get this book out before she was actually ready.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good Great Book! I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing This book was hard for me to put down. I love how it kept you guessing.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was "ok" Enjoyed her "Couple Next Door" more.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the ending This book kept me in suspense the entire time. I thought I had it figured out but I didn't. The ending was great but I wanted more....
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from disappointing the usual suspense story, had it pretty well figured out half way through. liked the couple next door better.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brillant! Keep me guessing the entire time!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mind-Warping. After devouring Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door and falling in love with this genre of mystery/thrillers, or, more specifically, psychological thrillers, I decided that I was in love with Lapena's writing. Little did I know that she would be releasing a new gorgeous read this summer until I received it from the publisher. A Stranger in the House wasn't as good as Lapena's debut novel, however, it was extremely suspenseful and lovely. Once I began reading it, I was hooked and unable to stop sitting in the world of Tom and Karen. There were so many things I enjoyed concerning the premise of this story, and I seriously recommend this to those who love mind-warping endings and the possible hint of a sequel (which I know will not occur... but it did sure sound like it). This should just be a movie already. Directors, producers, and film productions, PLEASE GET YOUR HANDS ON THE RIGHTS OF THIS FILM BECAUSE THE WORLD WILL BE OBSESSED. Really obsessed. Obsessed to the point that this will become more popular and well-known that Gillian Flynn's books. I feel like the world is really addicted to suspense stories, and there's only a few that could be better than this book. This book relies on its storyline and premise that involves mystery and secrets left behind in the past. You really don't know what's happening until you reach the middle part of the book. Once you're there, there's no looking back. You become obsessed to the point that you will not stop reading until it's over. SO. This story revolves around the lives of a married couple: Tom and Karen. They live in upstate New York, and they're happy with their "perfect" lives. However, one day, Tom comes home from his job to find Karen gone, the lights on, the door unlocked, and a dinner that was beginning to be prepared. He panics, and he discovers that his wife was in a rough part of the city, and was caught in a car accident. She has amnesia, not remembering how or why she ended up in that situation. And then, more details begin to pop up, and BAM evidence points towards her having something to do with a crime exactly in that part of town. This was action-packed for the beginning part (maybe first 70 pages?) and then it just downgraded, and eventually picked itself up again. It had a teeter-totter pace, if you know what I mean. Through the middle part, I just felt my reading pace slow down as I began to get uninterested with the whole detective work and whatnot. But when it picked itself up again, OH MY. I couldn't stop. We also need to talk about THAT ENDING. I was in complete shock with how Lapena created EVEN MORE POSSIBLE SUSPENSE BY THE END OF THIS. Although the story's "solution to the mystery" was kind of predictable, I really enjoyed it. A Stranger in the House was mind-warping, messed up, and *insert other adjectives to describe a crazy story that you couldn't get out of your mind.* I am a huge fan of Shari Lapena's writing and I will never stop picking up her stories. Please throw more of them at me! *A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous!! A great plot and premise with solid characters.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was hard for me to put down. I love how it kept you guessing.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down! Definitely a great summer read, but I wish there was an epilogue!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling and full of suspense I couldn't wait to read this book. From the first paragraph, I was always trying to figure out who the guilty party was. Found it hard to put down once I got started. A fantastic and suspenseful read. The ending was fantastic and left me wanting more.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!!! A Stranger in the House, I immediately said when I had finished reading the last page, "this is better than her first book. She keeps getting better and better." I recommend this book to anyone who wants to delve into a suspense, psychological thriller. It will captivate you from the first page to the very last page.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! A Stranger in the House, I immediately said was better than her first book, The Couple Next Door. It had me captivated from the first page to the very last. I do recommend this book to anyone who wants to delve into a suspense and psychological thriller.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! A great book filled suspense and mystery, truly enjoyed it! Definetly a great summer read!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Trite and predictable This book was simply terriblel. The plot was extremely predictable, the writing consisted of short, very simple sentences and the phrasing and scenarios were cliche at best. My worst read of the summer.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read loved this one, even better than her first
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea Apparently I am in the minority. I did not love this book at all. While the ending was a Huh, wow! Did not see that part, the other part of the ending was more like....Really?! How typical. I did not enjoy the characters as I didn't find them well developed or even likeable. I found the writing to be simple and choppy. It was an easy read because of this but once I was done, I wasn't interested in wondering 'What happens next?!'
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from She does it again!! Definitely not a disappointment after how much I enjoyed The Couple Next Door. A must read if you are a fan of her first novel or just looking for a good book. Two thumbs up!
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a really good read, though a bit slow at times, but nonetheless, worth it!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Suspenseful and keeps you guessing.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMazing! Super intense and leaves you hanging until last second!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wooow super intense, could not put down
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was a great read full of suspense and twists and turns
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was so entertaining to read! Loved it!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait I'll be getting my copy one it is out. Great author. Loved The Couple Next Door.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two thumbs up!!! I loved The Couple Next Door, but I have to say that A Stranger In the House is a 10+. This book got my interest from the first chapter and kept my attention until the last page. The ending had a twist that I never saw coming and actually left me shocked. This book is a must read for anyone that loves a great mystery, I would highly recommend it. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-07-05

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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)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." —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