Book Review: A Stranger in the House (Shari Lapena)

Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 2.46.18 PM.pngLast summer, everyone was reading The Couple Next Door by Canadian author, Shari Lapena. I am all about Canadian authors, so, obviously, I jumped on the bandwagon. I was not incredibly impressed with the debut, but when I found out that Lapena’s sophomore novel had been released, I rushed to the library and put a hold on it. I was intrigued to see what her follow up would be like.

Now, because I am a dingbat, I ended up accidentally putting a hold on the audiobook version of this book. I don’t read (well, I suppose listen?) to a lot of audiobooks but I do find the idea of them intriguing. So, I signed out the audiobook, slid into my car and started listening.

This, I believe, was my first mistake in regards to this book. The audiobook was not a good format for this title.

To start, the voices were driving me crazy. I couldn’t handle the back and forth between the different characters and how the reader continuously tried to change or disguise her voice for different characters. I also felt consistently confused, probably because I had to start and stop this one every time I got in and out of my car. I didn’t feel any of the tension or build up that I was supposed to feel because I had to take myself out of the moment to go into work or into my house. This made me feel like there were a lot of inconsistencies in the text and I wasn’t sure if the characters were unreliable on purpose or if Lapena couldn’t keep her story straight.

After trying for a few weeks, I ended up returning the audiobook, however, I still wanted to know how the novel would end so I ended up purchasing the physical copy.

Overall, it just ended up being okay for me, but I am not sure if it was because of the actual story or because of the mess I created while trying to read it.  Is it worth the read?  Sure.  Would I run out and purchase this book today?  No.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: A Stranger in the House (Shari Lapena)

  1. in our house we love audiobooks to take on the road. and since our trips are usually 1800 miles (to CA from IN), it doesn’t matter whether the book lasts 4 or 8 hrs. we’ve gone through lots of audiobooks and have only found a few we abandoned. that, however, was not due to delivery, but the story itself. usually, we can’t wait to get back into the car after a gas or potty stop.

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    1. I think that would make the difference. I would want to try one out on a road trip and see. My husband is not a reader at all but I think he would like audiobooks at work. He works afternoons so I think that may work for him. I can read faster than I can listen to the story unfold so I think that is the kicker for me.

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