Book Review: A Stranger in the House, by Shari Lapena

Last year, I attempted to read Shari Lapena's bestselling mystery novel, The Couple Next Door. I gave up after a few chapters, not liking the style, the clichés or the enormity of the plot.

But because I enjoy suspense novels and had heard rather good things about Lapena's latest novel, A Stranger in the House, I decided to give it a go.

The premise is not particularly groundbreaking, but I was captivated from the very beginning.

Tom Krupp, a successful business man, returns home after a long day to find his wife missing from their perfect suburban house. He finally tracks her down at a hospital, where she was brought after a being involved in a strange car accident that she has no memory of... We soon find out that she is a person of interest in a murder.

I have to be honest. While the writing didn't put me off enough to put the book away like it did the previous one, I still found it lacking in every possible way. The book is a series of clichés, plots that have been used over and over again (amnesia, new identities, etc.) and unrelatable characters.

This felt like an episode of CSI: enjoyable, but unmemorable, and totally predictable.

It was, however, a real page turner (I actually read it in one day - with a toddler around, that's no small feat!).

It's probably a good read if you're travelling, or if you need an easy read on a busy beach this summer.

* I received this copy from Penguin Random House Canada for review purposes. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


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