Reviews for A stranger in the house

Publishers Weekly
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At the start of this well-plotted if workmanlike thriller from bestseller Lapena (The Couple Next Door), the cops can't figure out what upstate New York housewife and bookkeeper Karen Krupp was doing in the sketchiest part of town before running a red light and smashing her Honda Civic headfirst into a utility pole-and neither can Karen, who comes to in the hospital with no memory of that night beyond an underlying feeling of dread. But with the discovery of a murdered man just blocks from the scene, bells start to sound for detectives Rasbach and Jennings, setting in motion an investigation that quickly threatens to expose some unsavory secrets beneath the cozy suburban life Karen and her husband of two years, Tom, have constructed for themselves-not to mention the downright creepy activities of the couple's intrusive neighbor, Brigid, who's Karen's putative best friend. Though the characters pack all the emotional heft of the glossy shelter magazines Karen collects, plentiful plot twists-through the final page-make this a diverting page-turner. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada). (Aug.) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal
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When Tom Krupp comes home from work, his wife's car is gone, but the front door is unlocked and it's clear that Karen has been preparing dinner in the kitchen. Most troubling of all, her purse and cell phone are still in the house. As he tries to understand what's happening, the police arrive to announce that Karen has been in an accident. He rushes to his wife's side in the hospital, but she can't remember the accident, nor why she left the house or where she went. The police are suspicious, Tom struggles with his own doubts, and Karen's best friend seems to be the only one who really believes her. Tension builds and relationships threaten to fall apart as Karen and Tom try to piece together what happened that night and what it means for their future, if they even have one. VERDICT The author of the acclaimed The Couple Next Door has written another fast-paced, engrossing psychological thriller that will have readers guessing until the very end. [See Prepub Alert, 2/20/17.]-Cynthia Price, Francis Marion Univ. Lib., Florence, SC Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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