Book Review: A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

“Suspicion is an insidious thing; doubts have started creeping in, things that he’d previously been able to ignore.”

Published in 2018, A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena follows married couple Karen and Tom who, by all appearances, have a nice and comfortable life together. But one day, Karen wakes up in hospital with no idea how she got there. The police tell her that she was in an accident and that she lost control of her car, close to where a body has also been found. The police suspect that Karen was up to no good, yet her husband refuses to believe it. But even Karen doesn’t know what to believe…


Fast-paced, twisty and full of suspense, A Stranger In The House is a thoroughly enjoyable thriller that I easily read in one day.

Frantic and a bit manic, just like its characters, I didn’t want to put this book down. The drama feels very like a soap opera in that the characters are over-dramatic and are either a bit of a pushover or deviously conniving, but I was all for that. I don’t always want such stereotypical characters and over-the-top twists, but Lapena makes great fun of it.

A highly entertaining and quick read, I can’t wait to read more by Shari Lapena now!

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