Books, Thriller/Mystery

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena Book Review

It’s almost like it used to be. But it’s nothing like it used to be.”

Excerpt from:
A Stranger In the House
by Shari Lapena
Synopsis from Wikipedia:

The story started when Karen and Tom Krupp are happily living in New York, as newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. Then one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished leaving her purse behind. After searching, Tom received a knock on the door wherein he was confronted by the police who took him to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes making her memories of the accident forgotten. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good. Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions about the accident happened to Karen which led them to another horrific questionable case that also happened in the busy state of New York.

I finally had a chance to read this book, which I had long since purchased, when I had some free time. I was able to add this to my list since I truly enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers.

I read this book in less than a week, and compared to her earlier book, The Couple Next Door, I am pleased with this. I can say that Shari Lapena has a somewhat warped mind, and I adore that. It is exactly what a voracious reader of thrillers would like. When an author keeps me in the dark, I actually like it. Although this book is simple to read, each chapter will keep you intrigued.

For me, Karen’s persona is authentic. There are a lot of ladies out there that are in difficult situations and would do everything to get away. Despite being a genius, Karen’s injury was the only thing that disrupted her peaceful life. I was a little taken aback by who she truly was at the book’s end. Her character is astounding.

Tom Krupp comes out as a little bit weak to me. Because, now that I think about it, how was he able to forgive Karen, and how quickly did Karen regain his trust? I am aware that love was a factor, but really? Why won’t he conduct further research? As if, everything returned to normal? I really hope he would go further and learn more about what her wife has gone through. If he continues in that manner, I believe it will be his own tragedy in the future.

Brigid now appears. She seems like a real lunatic to me. You’ll feel completely at ease if you have a friend like her, but you’ll be terrified once you learn what she’s up to. She makes me more nervous than Karen does. You have no idea what she is thinking or how formidable she is. She is a wonderful illustration of a madwoman, but in a different sense.

I thought the narrative was fantastic. I’m pleased to suggest it to those who enjoy thriller/mystery books as much as I do. Once you’ve finished the book, you’ll still be making assumptions and asking for more. Reading this has been a wonderful experience, and I’m eager to read more. It’s an excellent novel that everyone should read.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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