A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

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Shari Lapena, a Canadian novelist, is the internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door (2016) and A Stranger in the House (2017), her fourth novel. Learn more about the author, her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Shari Lapena was born in 1960. She currently lives in Toronto.

She was a lawyer and an English teacher before beginning her writing career, publishing her debut novel, Things Go Flying, in 2008. That suspense novel was a shortlisted Sunburst Award finalist in 2009.

Shari is also the author of Happiness Economics (2011), a novel which was a shortlisted Stephen Leacock Award finalist in 2012. Her thriller, The Couple Next Door (2016), was a bestseller both in Canada and internationally, positioning Shari Lapena in the ranks of best authors of 2016.

Today, let’s get a closer look at her second and latest thriller published to date, A Stranger in the House (2017), knowing that her next novel to come out will be An Unwanted Guest, set for August 2018.


The electrifying new thriller from Shari Lapena, author of the bestselling novel of the year, The Couple Next Door.

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

‘Tense. Unpredictable. Unputdownable. Shari’s novels are domestic noir at its finest’ SIMON KERNICK

‘So many dizzying twists you’d better not drive after reading’ LINWOOD BARCLAY

‘Smart, twisty thriller . . . It’s taut, intelligent and compelling’ Heat


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

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