A Stranger in the House

A Stranger in the House

Book - 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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2017
ISBN: 9780385686976
Branch Call Number: EXPRESS
Characteristics: 305 p. ;,23 cm

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booklady101
Jan 09, 2018

This thriller started off well. The ending just didn’t make sense as the character had been offering us a glimpse into her thinking Throughout. Did I miss something? Or is this just an amateurish way of adding a twist in a predictable thriller?

The best thing about this book is that it's a quick read. Otherwise, the "twists" are very predictable and even after finishing the story, I kept wondering why it was billed as a suspenseful book. And did anyone else want Brigid's husband to be involved somehow? He didn't even seem to belong in the book!

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Spirited13
Dec 29, 2017

Weird book. Frustrating read. I gave up on it half way through. I could go on at length about what is wrong with this book but I think it comes down a couple of things. She is not that good a writer. Her characters not well developed.

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SJM7323
Dec 24, 2017

A fast, easy read but totally predictable.

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williamoliver1315
Dec 15, 2017

Her 1st few books, were page turners. This 1 was totally predictable.

DSGCPL Nov 19, 2017

Not very original. This plot has been done numerous times, but it was an entertaining read.

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mslighthearted
Oct 29, 2017

Absolute fluff! And not the good kind of fluff like cotton candy, clouds, or new fallen snow. No. This is the too-soft pillow that doesn't support your head. This is the airy supermarket cake with no substance or flavour. This is the abdominal fat of books.

Poorly written. Terrible plot. No character development. The only thing that actually impressed me is that it must take a certain amount of skill to write an adult-themed book that any second grader could read. The story was spelled out so entirely that I think I could have gotten it even had I read it while asleep. Complete and utter drivel!

I hated "The Couple Next Door" so I have only myself to blame for reading this one. "A Stranger in the House" presents the best argument for never giving second chances to anyone. You have ruined me, Shari Lapena.

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dutcheja
Oct 25, 2017

This book had a good story and the premise was good but it moved way too slow!!

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DELVEVD
Oct 11, 2017

This book was fantastic...i couldnt put it down! First i liked the main character, then i didnt then i did again...you flip flop between the two while you learn more about the characters..loved this book...you will not be able to put it down in one sitting!

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writermala
Oct 09, 2017

"A stranger in the house," is definitely a one-sitting book. Having said that, I must confess it didn't do it for me. The story was quite predictable till the end; and the ending was rather far-fetched. I would call the book OK.

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