The Stranger in Her House, a review by Shelley

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THE STRANGER IN HER HOUSE
John Marrs

Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: February 13th, 2024
312 Pages
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I am having a hard time with this review because I have loved some of the author’s other work and this book has a 4.5 rating at the moment BUT this story was just ridiculous. The more I read the more implausible it became bordering on just plain stupid.

I did enjoy the game of cat and mouse that Connie and Paul embarked on, some great who’s fooling who moments but it wasn’t enough to up my enjoyment to three stars. The premise was a pretty good one and very unique; an older woman suffering from dementia gets help from a charity handyman who turns out to have some pretty shady ideas in his head. I just wish it was more realistic and didn’t start getting so absurd, especially when the cousin gets involved. The contest of one-upmanship between Paul and Connie had me literally shaking my head.

I’m an outlier yet again, as this book is getting lots of five-star reviews from friends and strangers alike. It was an excellent premise but the execution failed miserably. Man, maybe it’s time for me to stop reading thrillers.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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