Book Review – A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

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This Wednesday, we are talking about A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena. Here is the summary from Amazon.

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.

My review:

This story took me on twists and turns like I didn’t expect. As you start to sympathize with a character, you learn something new and no longer even like the character. Then, something else happens you are sympathetic to them again. I have to hand it to the author is so difficult to write characters that are likeable and unlikeable all at the same time. The flow of the story did feel very natural. As you are learning things along with Karen, there is some memory sequence but for the most part it is all unfolding in order for the reader along with the characters in the story.

You will enjoy the take on this one if you enjoy mystery novels that are pretty quick reads. I did feel like I just wanted to keep turning the page. This is one of those stories that makes me glad I like to read!

I am going to say that this one was a 📚📚📚📚📚 out of 5, for me! I enjoyed every twist and turn. I didn’t feel like the author took too many over the top liberties which I appreciate. I highly recommend this one!

Love and 📚,

Becky

Book Review – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Wonderful Wednesday friends,

I haven’t done a book review in a while, so I thought it was time. I have done a lot of traveling for work lately and this has resulted in many books being read as well as many books being listened to via audio book. One of those books that I have to tell you all about is today’s review – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.

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Here is a summary provided by Amazon:

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

My review:

This story completely sucked me in from the very first second. This was one of those stories that I chose to listen to, and I can tell you I couldn’t stop listening. I was listening on the way to and from work. I was listening as I was cooking dinner. I was listening as I mowed the lawn. Needless to say, this book was amazing. Some of my favorite things were the fact that Michelle shares all of the story. She takes us on the journey of her investigation from day one. She doesn’t miss anything about the story. I appreciate that she really wants us to understand her passion for the investigation.

The story in itself is very compelling. I won’t lie friends, serial killers are fascinating. There is just something about understanding the mind of someone that has the capacity to commit such crimes. I think that Michelle was very honest about her addiction to this case. She recognized the obsession and she didn’t deny it. The way that she gained the trust of former investigators and others, just shows that her commitment was real. People can recognize someone that just wants the story and someone that actually cares about the story. I don’t want to give any spoilers about the story or quote any favorite lines. I will tell you this, if you are interested in True Crime at all and have not read this book yet, you need to. I will also say that Michelle was a force to be reckoned with and I am sure that not only her family but the world is less bright without her.

Listening to the story and how she puts forth her heart into the story, made me wish I knew her. I would have wanted to be her friend. I am also certain that I am definitely not cool enough to have held her attention for more than a minute. Here is my wish for all of my readers, let your curiosity thrive. Go forth and get the answers my friends. Never stop trying and if you have a dream, fight with all you got for it.

This story and this author get a 📚📚📚📚📚 out of 5. Read it friends or listen to it. The voice actor that reads the story does an excellent job of injecting Michelle’s emotion into the words. You are sucked in to the story like she is telling you directly about her journey.

Love and 📚,

Becky