A Stranger in the House
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Published: 8/15/2017
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.

It's time for my first author battle: that special time where I read two books by the same author and put them head to head against each other. For this first bout, I read "A Stranger in the House" and "An Unwanted Guest" by Shari Lapena. This review is for "An Unwanted Guest."

 

A Stranger in the House focuses on three main characters: Tom, Karen, and Brigid --a name I have never heard before and was very confused by. A quick G-word search tells me the name is from Irish mythology.

I found this book to be prett formulaic and predictable. Tom comes home and finds his wife gone inexplicably. She ends up having a car crash, being taken to the hospital, and having complete amnesia over whether she did or did not murder her ex-husband. Always hard to remember if you're capable of murdering someone, am I right?

So, basically, some plot happens. Did she do it? Can she really not remember? Who can be trusted? In all honesty, it turns into some Desperate Housewives vibes, at least as far as the Brigid story line is concerned.

Did Karen do it? Did she not? I guess read it fast and find the answer, but don't expect much else along the way.

 

This book is good for: a lazy vacation read

I read this book in: 2 days

Good to knows: Uhhh.... I got nothing. Dive on in.

COMPELLING QUOTE ALERT:

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

 

 

3.2Overall Score

A Stranger in the House

It's time for my first author battle: that special time where I read two books by the same author and put them head to head against each other. For this first bout, I read "A Stranger in the ...

  • Plot
    3.0
  • Characters
    3.0
  • Pacing
    3.5