A twisty thriller with an unexpected ending and an intricately planned plot, A Stranger in the House is my first by this author, and I really enjoyed it.
Tom Krupp arrives home from work to find his wife, Karen, has left in the middle of making dinner. The front door is unlocked and she hasn’t taken her purse or cell phone. Still in that blissful, newlywed stage, Tom soon starts to worry about Karen. Then the police arrive to tell him she’s in the hospital after an accident on the bad side of town. But Karen can’t remember anything that happened.
Lapena has a clear, easy-to-understand writing style that easily propels you through the pages. While her characters weren’t likeable (Karen was hard to get a reading on due to the amnesia and Tom was a snivelling weakling), I don’t think you have to like the characters to enjoy the story. Well-plotted and a fast, twisty read. I enjoyed immensely.