A Stranger in the House {Shari Lapena}


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom 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. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. 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.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

2 Stars

Let me begin by saying that I LOVED Shari Lapena’s debut novel, The Couple Next Door.  I couldn’t put it down (review coming soon)!  As soon as I finished reading that amazing book, I was on pins and needles waiting for this one to be released.  The bar was set HIGH when I began reading this one…and it was painfully obvious from the beginning that the poor bar was about to be dramatically lowered.

This book was boring.  Even the scenes which were supposed to be exciting somehow still came across as boring.  None of the characters were particularly memorable and this entire story just kind of fell flat.  The description for the book is great, this book sounds exciting!  And then once I started reading…I was just so bored.  Took a few days to finish, yet it felt like I had been reading for years.

The ending was interesting and had me second guessing my feelings that I had been feeling throughout the whole book…maybe it wasn’t as boring as I thought?  But then I remembered…yes, yes it was (side note on a life lesson: don’t ever second guess yourself).

I’m very much looking forward to reading Shari Lapena’s newest book, An Unwanted Guest, only because The Couple Next Door was so amazing.  Fingers crossed her newest book proves to be more exciting than this one…

Bottom Line:

I read this book while laying on a gorgeous beach in Mexico with mouth watering guacamole next to me and yet I was STILL bored while reading.

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4 thoughts on “A Stranger in the House {Shari Lapena}

  1. Disappointed to hear this wasn’t as good as you thought. I haven’t read it – it seemed interesting, but will move it to my “only read if there is nothing else to read” list. And we know there is always something else to read so I probably won’t waste my time. I’m currently reading The Hate You Give – will let you know what I think when I’m done. It takes me much longer to get through a book now that I have a child.


    1. Oh you will LOVE The Hate U Give, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! I couldn’t agree more on how it takes so much longer to get though books once you become a parent…but the good books are worth the extra effort 🙂


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