A Stranger in the House

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“Smart and suspenseful. . . you'll never see the ending coming.” --PureWow

In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say,
Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, Glad to be home.

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got 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.

There's a knock on the door—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.  Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good. 

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.
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About the author

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. Her suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, as well as her second novel, A Stranger in the House, were New York Times and international bestsellers. Lapena’s next book, An Unwanted Guest, is forthcoming in summer 2018.
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Aug 15, 2017
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.


Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

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After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

Praise for The Girl Before

“Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.”—Lee Child

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An Entertainment Weekly “Summer Must List” Pick

A New York Post “Summer Must-Read” Pick

Included in Summer Book Guides from Bustle, Oprah.com, PureWow, and USA TODAY

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With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post

“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

De la autora del thriller revelación de 2017 La pareja de al lado, llega una nueva y adictiva novela repleta de giros y secretos.

¿Por qué huirías de un hogar feliz?

Te encuentras en casa preparando la cena mientras esperas a que tu marido vuelva del trabajo.

Estás deseando verle.

Eso es lo último que recuerdas.

Despiertas en el hospital sin saber cómo has llegado hasta allí. Te cuentan que has sufrido un accidente. Perdiste el control de tu coche mientras conducías a toda velocidad por uno de los peores barrios de la ciudad.

La policía sospecha que ocultas algún secreto oscuro, pero tu marido se niega a creerlo. Tu mejor amiga no está tan segura. Y ni siquiera tú sabes qué creer...

La crítica ha dicho...
«Lapena no deja de ofrecer giros perfectamente construidos, cada uno una sorpresa mayor que la anterior, y mantiene su magistralnarración hasta el deslumbrante giro final... Memorable.»
Associated Press

«Un thriller inteligente y lleno de tensión.»

«No verás venir el final.»

«Plagado de giros (hasta la última página) que lo convierten en una lectura entretenida y adictiva.»
Publishers Weekly

«Un suspense extraordinario y lleno de sorpresas.»
The Toronto Star

«Realmente emocionante y absorbente. Te sorprenderán los giros de la historia.»
Daily Mail

«Shari Lapena nos enreda entre sospechosos y sus motivos. La tensión es muy alta y no decae hasta la última y asombrosa página.»
The Times

«Pensaba que eso de leer de una sentada era solo una frase. He comprobado que es cierto.»
Linwood Barclay

«Inteligente, adictivo, irresistible. El suspense y la sospecha se van acumulando sin cuartel, jugando contigo y con tus expectativas y tus emociones hasta llegar a un final completamente inesperado. No te lo pierdas y no desesperes si no puedes dejar de leerlo.»
Gilly Macmillan

En los blogs...
«Adictiva, repleta de giros y secretos# No la puedes soltar.»
Blog Sibaritismos de Inma

«Adictiva, sorprendente, inquietante y con una gran carga de adrenalina literaria.»
Blog Miss Cherry books

Tot va començar en un sopar amb els veïns...

La parella del costat: «El thriller del qual tothom està parlant.» (Stylist)

La veïna et va dir que s'estimava més que no portessis la teva filla de sis mesos al sopar. No és res personal, senzillament no suporta els seus plors.

El teu marit hi va estar d'acord. Al capdavall, viviu a la casa del costat. Podíeu portar el monitor infantil per sentir si plorava i fer torns per passar-la a veure cada mitja hora.

La teva filla dormia quan hi vas anar per darrera vegada. Tanmateix, en aquest moment, mentre puges corrents les escales fins a la seva habitació, envoltada d#un silenci absolut, te n'adones que el teu pitjor malson s'ha fet realitat: la nena ha desaparegut.

Mai abans no havies hagut de trucar a la policia. Ara és a casa teva i qui sap què pot arribar a descobrir.

Què series capaç de fer quan has sobrepassat els teus límits?

«Alta tensió que es manté fins a l'última, i sorprenent, pàgina.»
The Times

«Un debut demolidor i ple de suspens.»
Publishers Weekly

«Totalment fascinant, molt realista i narrada amb un estil meravellosament senzill i efectiu. No veuràs venir les sorpreses.»
Daily Mail

«Els girs arriben amb la mateixa velocitat amb què pots passar les pàgines.»

«Un començament impactant en un thriller executat amb mestria, ple de girs i replet de culpa, drama i engany.»
Sunday Mirror

«Una lectura que t'atrapa, amb una trama que fa que passis els fulls a tota velocitat per esbrinar què passarà a continuació.»

«On és el bebè?! És difícil no deixar de llegir fins al final per saber-ho, i els girs que t'esperen a les darreres pàgines et sorprendran per la seva intel·ligència.»
USA Today

«Un thriller de luxe, que avança a un ritme vertiginós.»
Good Housekeeping

«Ple de suspens... Els girs es revelen subtilment, de mica en mica, i de manera contundent, cosa que du la història a nivells cada cop més alts de impredictibilitat.»
Associated Press

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