A Stranger in the House
by Shari Lapena
📖 | Genre: Thriller
⭐️| Rating: 3/5
📚| Review: Despite a predictable plot and a clear whodunnit, there’s enough mystery in A Stranger in the House to keep the pages turning. After a suburban housewife winds up in a serious single car crash, detectives look into where she was fleeing from: a murder scene. Throughout the book, they try to pin down her connection to the dead body and whether or not she is the one responsible for the man’s untimely end. The woman’s husband and her across-the-street neighbor have plenty of questions for her and secrets of their own. The twisty, albeit choppy, plot focuses more on the unfurling of “who knows what and why” rather than the “who did it.” There’s more investigating in this novel than in some of the other Shari Lapena books that I’ve read and a lot more focused on questioning witnesses and finding evidence.
Admittedly, I wanted more punch and suspense out of A Stranger in the House. Because of the plot, I thought this would be more bone-chilling and make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Instead, the intense moments felt underwhelming and safe rather than heart-stopping risks. The ending especially felt like more of a throwaway. While this is one of her more forgettable reads, what you see is what you get with Lapena’s thrillers. She’ll keep you engaged and interested long enough without throwing too much at you. As long as she keeps churning them out, I’ll pick them up for a rainy afternoon or a airplane read.