Book Review – A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena



From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a new thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can’t account for herself and unsettling questions that threaten to tear a couple apart.

You come home after a long day at work, excited to have dinner with your beautiful wife.
But when you walk through the door, you quickly realize that she’s not there.
In the kitchen, there is a pot on the stove, and vegetables on the counter, abandoned.
Her cellphone and her purse are still in the house, in the bedroom, exactly where she keeps them.
It looks like she’s left in a blind panic.
You fear the worst, so you call her friends to see if they know where she is.
Then you call the police.
The police tell you that your wife’s been in an accident. They found her in the worst part of town, after she lost control of the car while speeding through the streets. But why would she go to that neighbourhood? And why was she driving so fast? Was she running toward something? Or away from something?
The police think your wife was up to no good.
You refuse to believe it, at first.
Then, as the stories and facts don’t line up, and your wife can’t remember what happened that evening, you start to wonder. You’ve been married for two years and you thought you knew her better than anyone else in the world . . .
. . . but maybe you don’t.


If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you’ll know that Thrillers are one of my favourite genres, especially ones that you can’t figure out the ending to. The Stranger In The House is definitely one of these. No matter how hard I tried, or how many theories I came up with, I just couldn’t predict the ending! As frustrating as this was, it did make the revelation much better, as I was actually shocked. Shari Lapena keeps her readers hooked, I just had to keep reading so I could unravel what happened as quickly as possible.

I did find the main characters a bit irritating, however. There aren’t very many characters, but several of them made me so angry, but perhaps that was Lapena’s intention? Some of the things that the husband, Tom, does are very questionable, and left me thinking… why would you do that in this situation?! You just wouldn’t. Tom and Karen’s marriage also seems to deteriorate when you’d think they’d stick together and support each other. It’s obviously not real life, though, so I was able to let this go and it didn’t really stop me from enjoying the rest of the book.

Overall, I did really enjoy the book despite not connecting with the characters very well, and was genuinely shocked by the ending. I loved the plot and I think the way that Lapena writes is very engaging. I give it four stars out of five.


I’d like to thank Penguin Random House UK for a copy of The Stranger In The House in exchange for an honest review.

-Books&Belle xx


23 thoughts on “Book Review – A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

  1. This sounds like a super intriguing story, I like that you’re able to review books without giving too much away! This definitely sounds like one I’d really enjoy although it’s a shame you said you didn’t feel like you could connect with the characters :/ that’s one of my favourite things about reading!
    Alice Xx

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