A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena (Audiobook Review)

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

33984056Format: eAudiobook

Source: Libby (Library audiobook app)

Publisher: Transworld

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert

Genres:  Mystery, Thriller Fiction

Publication Date: 27th July 2017

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.”

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 realises 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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

So, previously having read and enjoyed The Couple Nextdoor by Shari Lapena’s, I was really looking forward to reading another novel by her. I tried to read a physical copy of this book twice, but I just couldn’t get into it and never actually got past the first chapter.  I thought about DNFing the book both times but decided I would try the audiobook and see how far I got with it. I did get to the end but it wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be.

I found the plot and pacing of this book way too fast. Don’t get me wrong the plot was interesting but everything just seemed to happen to so fast, that I actually got confused as to what was happening at first but it does sort or start making sense by the time you get to the end, but it was still a little all over the place.

I don’t even know what to say about the characters. I just didn’t gel with them and I found them really flat. I really wanted to slap a few of them as they started to irritate me.

The narrator Tavia Gilbertwas really good, and if it wasn’t for her I think I may have given up on listening to the book as well as the physical book.

Overall not the best book I’ve read recently, but I know there are many others who have read this book and have given it a glowing 5 stars. This may not have been the best read for me but I can definitely say I haven’t been put off from reading more book from this author.

I wouldn’t personally recommend this book. But, if you do read it I highly recommend the audiobook.

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.

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  1. I think you’ve convinced me to stay away. I thought The Couple Next Door was ok, but really did not like An Unwanted Guest. This was on my reading list, but I don’t think Shari Lapena is for me.

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