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A Stranger in the House
By (author): Shari Lapena
9780385686990 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General Jun 02, 2020
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.13 x 7.99 x 0.71 in | 0.54 lb 336 pages Doubleday Canada Anchor Canada
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can’t account for herself, and unsettling questions that threaten to tear the couple apart.

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy. They have 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.

Then a knock: 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. She’s okay, except for not remembering where she was going or what she was doing, which the cops think is highly convenient—they suspect she was up to no good.

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to move on. But something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop interrogating her.

In this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

Story Locale: Upstate New York

Publication History: Doubleday Canada, TR (08/2017)

INSTANT NYT BESTSELLER: Lapena is now a proven bestselling author, with a second book that hit the list right away and has continued to sell. She is a major franchise book-a-year suspense author for us.

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR IS A MAJOR PAPERBACK BESTSELLER: With sales to date at over 170k across formats, and more than 20 weeks on the NYT Bestseller List, Couple was one of THE paperback books of 2017. It had stand-out reviews from PEOPLE, NPR, USA TODAY, and more, as well as having been #1 in Canada and #2 book of the year in the UK.

CREEPY, COMPELLING PREMISE: What would you do if the person you loved most didn’t believe that you couldn’t remember what really happened? Would you be able to trust yourself? Or your spouse? Lapena is a master of fast-paced, never-saw-it-coming plotting and A Stranger in the House plays to her strengths—with a noir twist ending that’s superb.

BESTSELLING MEGAHIT CATEGORY: Domestic suspense has never been hotter, as we’ve seen. Lapena is the next big star of the category, and she is already featured on “Best-of” lists along with Fiona Barton, Gillian Flynn, Gilly Macmillan, and Paula Hawkins.

FILM RIGHTS OPTIONED FOR THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR: Rights have gone to Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content, who won the Oscar for Spotlight—needless to say we are expecting big things on this front.

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two award-winning literary novels, and her suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, was a New York Times and international bestseller. She is also the author of A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, and Someone We Know.

Author Website: www.sharilapena.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @sharilapena

#1 National Bestseller
A New York Times Bestseller
International Bestseller


“So many dizzying twists you’d better not drive after reading!” —Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Parting Shot

“Shari Lapena poses the question: How well do you know your spouse?… Lapena keeps the well-developed twists churning, with each a surprise notch in this ever-evolving plot, and she continues this skillful storytelling until the stunning twist at the end.” —Associated Press

“Smart, twisty and compulsive. Suspense and suspicion accumulate relentlessly, toying with your expectations and your emotions right up until the packs-a-punch ending. Don’t miss it, and don’t expect to be able to put it down.” —Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Girl

“Great suspense and lots of twists.” —Toronto Star

“A diverting page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly

“Smart and suspenseful…. You’ll never see the ending coming.” —PureWow

“Lapena ups the stakes by narrating from the viewpoint of both husband and wife, as well as by chucking in a firecracker of a plot twist…. Her deliberately unemotional prose style enhances the creeping sense of dread throughout.” —Metro (UK)

A Stranger in the House will have you sleeping with the lights on for weeks.” —Bustle

PRAISE FOR The Couple Next Door:

“Meticulously crafted and razor sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page.” —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once

“The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages.” —People

“Provocative and shocking. One crime, an entire neighborhood of suspects, secrets and lies. How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you’ll never guess the truth…until it’s too late.” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

“I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the story line. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!” —Sue Grafton, New York Timesbestselling author of X

“Real men read women writers–because of books like this. Trust me.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Me

“Shari Lapena has written a stunning debut thriller. Turn on the night lights and lock all your doors and windows. The Couple Next Door grabs you with each twist and shocks you with every betrayal.” —Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Killer Look

“A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild roller-coaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman.” —Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Playing with Fire

“Expertly paced and finely crafted, The Couple Next Door is a gripping thriller of the highest order. I couldn’t put it down.” —A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor

“Gripped me from the very beginning to the very end!” —Becky Masterman, author of Rage Against the Dying

“Brilliant! This utterly riveting psychological thriller hurtles along at breakneck speed, never giving you the opportunity to catch your breath. Twisty, turny and unputdownable.” —C. L. Taylor, bestselling  author of The Lie

“Exquisitely torturous tension.” —NPR

“Where did that baby go! It’s hard not to read to the end to find out, and the twists waiting there are gratifyingly clever.” —USA Today

“The many never-saw-them-coming twists and questionable characters…will keep you on the edge of your seat. First-time novelist Lapena’s writing is spare and tense, and it makes The Couple Next Door a compulsive read. The last line is absolutely a killer.” —Good Housekeeping

“[A] well-sculpted domestic thriller…. Highly suspenseful…. Twists are subtly revealed with aplomb, taking the story to increasingly unpredictable levels.” Associated Press

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