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. (Goodreads)
Wow. Just WOW. I heard this is a fast read, but I didn’t expect this to be this fast-paced, a roller coaster kind of read!!
I think a short and sweet review will totally do for this book because I truly believe you should dive right into this book blindly, knowing only the bare minimum and see how this twisty suspense/mystery book unfolds.
As I said earlier, this book reads fast and the gravity this book possesses is far stronger than I anticipated. Once I started listening to this audiobook, I literally couldn’t stop. Not only is this book a thrilling read with a well-contemplated plot, this book is also quite emotionally charged in my eyes. None of the characters is really likable, yet I found my emotions disturbingly agitated and stirred by the characters’ acts and deeds, I was even disgusted with one of the characters, finding her utterly and sickeningly delusional.
It sometimes happens to me that I cannot help scoffing or laughing my head off when I feel so disgusted and this book put me exactly in that state. It got me so invested in the story that I felt as though I were watching a slapstick farce; utterly disturbing yet addictive to the extent I craved for more. This was totally unexpected and I tip my hat to the author for messing with my emotions.
The title is also clever and the plot is really twisty-turny down to the very last minute. The well depicted police procedurals (in other words, relentless detectives) and the ill-intensioned ruses between the two women contributed to making this book an exciting read, amping up the tension and suspense towards the end. It had me guessing whom to believe, and whether they are telling the truth or not. Boy, was this glorious!
My only issue was the verdict of the investigation; could that be even possible?? I wanted justice to prevail!!
Overall, this is a great suspense with lots of ingredients rolled into one; obsession, doubt, delusion, envy, and so many more.
I highly recommend diving into this book blindly.
And beware; women can be devious – Are sure you know who she really is?
My Rating: ★★★★