> Skip to content

Your home still isn't the safe place it should be in this electrifying new thriller from the author of The Couple Next Door,

‘Shari expertly traps you, confounds you and leaves you gasping at the end. More, please . . .’ FIONA BARTON

‘So many dizzying twists you'd better not drive after reading’ LINWOOD BARCLAY
‘Smart, twisty thriller . . . It's taut, intelligent and compellingHeat
The electrifying new thriller from Shari Lapena, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, The Couple Next Door.

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

*****

Why would you run scared from a happy home?

You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day.

That's the last thing you remember.

You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town.

The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe . . .

*****

Praise for Shari Lapena:

'I thought the read-it-in-one-sitting thing was a cliché. Not any more.' LINWOOD BARCLAY

'Entirely compelling, utterly realistic. You will not see the twists coming.' Daily Mail

'Meticulously crafted and razor sharp.' HARLAN COBEN

'A twisty, utterly riveting tale.' TESS GERRITSEN

'Shari Lapena furnishes a clever array of motives and suspects. The tension is high and remains to the last, stunning page.' The Times

Reviews

So many dizzying twists you'd better not drive after reading

Linwood Barclay

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

The plot twists in Shari Lapena's A Stranger in the House made me shout "No!" out loud. Shari expertly traps you, confounds you and leaves you gasping at the end. More, please . . .

Fiona Barton

Hard to put down.

Woman & Home

A smart and twisty thriller . . . It's taut, intelligent and compelling.

Heat

Tense.

Good Housekeeping

Creeping sense of dread throughout . . . A firecracker of a plot twist.

Metro

Smart crime thriller packed with twists and turns which keep you guessing until a powerful ending that really packs a punch.

Love It!

With its slow-burning plot and gradual, totally unpredictable reveal, this looks set to be another bestseller.

My Weekly - Pick of the Month

Dark and twisty.

Crime Fiction Lover

Lapena keeps the well-developed twists churning, with each a surprise notch in this ever-evolving plot, and she continues this skilful storytelling until the stunning twist at the end.

Mail Online

Read More

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780593077412

    July 31, 2017

    Bantam Press

    320 pages

    RRP $37.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • Hardback

    9780593077405

    August 15, 2017

    Bantam Press

    320 pages

    RRP $40.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook

    9781473541559

    July 27, 2017

    Transworld Digital

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

Extract

Chapter One

On this hot August night, Tom Krupp parks his car – a leased Lexus – in the driveway of his handsome two-storey home. The house, complete with a two-car garage, is set behind a generous lawn and framed with beautiful old trees. To the right of the driveway, a flagstone path crosses in front of the porch, with steps leading up to a solid wooden door in the middle of the house. To the right of the front door is a large picture window the width of the living room.

The house sits on a gently curving street that ends in a cul-de-sac. The surrounding houses are all equally attractive and well maintained, and relatively similar. People who live here are successful and settled; everyone’s a little bit smug.

This quiet, prosperous suburb in upstate New York, populated with mostly professional couples and their families, seems oblivious to the problems of the small city that surrounds it, oblivious to the problems of the larger world, as if the American dream has continued to live on here, smooth and unruffled.

Continue Reading

Also by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door

Recommendations

The Thirst
Make Me
The Girl on the Train
The Store
Don't Let Go
Two Nights
The Child
Inferno
The Couple Next Door
Final Girls
I Am Pilgrim
The Word Is Murder
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Earthly Remains
Line of Fire
Fifty Fifty
After the Fire
The Girl Who Was Taken
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
Orphan X