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Thursday, May 31, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena @sharilapena @taviagilbert @PRHAudio

AUTHOR: Shari Lapena
NARRATOR: Tavia Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: August 15, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 8 hrs and 52 mins
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9780525498544
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 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.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for voluntary review consideration.

I love a good psychological thriller that keeps me guessing, and this one absolutely fit the bill for me!

The prologue features a frightened woman who runs out of an abandoned restaurant. In her haste to get away, she loses control of her car and runs into a pole.

As the story begins, Tom Krupp is returning home from work and finds that his wife's car is not there. The door is unlocked, and her purse and cell phone are there. It appears that she had been in the middle of making supper when she had to dash out. Tom is befuddled because this is so unlike his wife. 

An officer comes to the Krupp home to tell Tom that his wife was in an accident and that she is in the hospital. She is a bit banged up, but she will recover. The worst of it is that she has amnesia and cannot remember the events surrounding the incident.

A murder in the area where Karen had the accident causes the police to look further into her past to see if there's a connection. Karen starts to become unglued, and she is certain that someone has been in the house and has moved stuff around. 

Wow, I just loved this book! It was a real page turner, and I loved how Lapena developed the story where everyone looked like a suspect. There are secrets, secrets, and more secrets! Everyone is hiding something, and the story is told from multiple points of view.

Lapena is a new-to-me author, and I am always thrilled to find a new Canadian author to love! Now I have to go back and read her debut, The Couple Next Door.

Tavia Gilbert is a favourite narrator of mine. She's always a pure delight to listen to, and she will make it difficult for you to stop listening! Here is a sample of the narration:


5 stars!! I loved it, and you should definitely put it on your TBR if you enjoy mysteries. Thanks again to Penguin Random House Audio for the opportunity to review this audiobook!

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1 comment:

  1. Oooh, this sounds really good! Creepy & suspenseful. I love psychological thrillers, too - my husband and I recently listened to The Woman in the Window on audio & loved it.

    Just wanted to remind you that it is summer again....and time for another Big Book Summer Challenge! I hope you will consider joining the fun again!


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