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The Stranger In My Home: I thought she was my daughter. I was wrong. Paperback – 11 April 2017
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- ASIN : 1472205529
- Publisher : Headline Review; 1st edition (11 April 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781472205520
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472205520
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 235,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Adele Parks does it again. She's already proved she can write a sparkling rom com, a moving love story and a lovingly researched historical novel, now she's taken on the domestic thriller genre and nailed it. Tightly plotted, brilliantly conceived and totally gripping
Filled with drama, riddled with deceit, The Stranger In My Home is another wonderfully tragic and atmospheric story about the complexities of morals and issues and with such an unexpected ending that will leave the reader gasping in shock ― Handwritten Girl
Twisty, unputdownable and utterly engrossing -- Jenny Colgan
Gripped from the very first line, this rollercoaster read is undoubtedly Adele Parks's best novel yet ― Bella Magazine
You MUST discover this absolute gem of a novel for yourself... It had me truly gripped from start to finish ― The Welsh Librarian
A slow burning story that speeds up halfway through, its pace mirrors Alison's psyche as it unravels, holding the reader in suspense before packing a final punch. Unpredictable and gripping until the end ― The Lady
The plot twists and turns...and the reader is left frantic to know how it's going to work out ― Woman
The secrets, lies and suspense kept me engrossed ― Daily Mail
A wonderful exploration of love -- Katie Fforde
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Onto the book...we follow Alison, Jeff and their daughter Katherine in their too perfect life. One day some man turns up and tells them they have been raising his daughter due to a baby swap 15 years earlier. Alison seems resigned to this and then allows this stranger to dictate her life. Throw in a mutated gene, a 'dead' wife and the strange man's other kids, not to mention Alison's back story which doesn't lead anywhere and that's pretty much it. As for the 'twist'...well I guessed it early on but was hoping to be proved wrong as it is infact glaringly obvious...clue:the strange man is surprisingly not what he seems. The characters are unlikeable and forgettable and the ending is horrendous...the story is slow to develop..70% on the Kindle before anything actually happens..I skimmed loads in the hope the story would improve..it didn't. Don't waste your time or money on this book and perhaps Adele should stick to chick lit.
I got to 30% on the Kindle and decided life is too short.
The characters are deeply unpleasant, and when one of them is the first person narrator, who spends chapters and chapters naval gazing and whining, you know it's going to be hard to finish. It almost reads like a turgid Mumsnet Mummy blog at times.
I don't care what happened to the characters, and I'll never read anything by this author again.
I confess to having skim read much of this to get to the end and that was a trial. Save your money.