Throw This Motherfucker in the Trash: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

What the fuck did I just get through reading?!? I have no idea. I tried reading her first book, “The Couple Next Door”. I just couldn’t get into it, so I donated it. This one I got into, although I found myself swearing at all of the characters. ALL OF THEM. For different reasons. This plot is paper thin with easily seen through cracks in the pavement. It felt like the worst homogenized reboot of “Fatal Attraction”. The only characters I liked were the detectives and that was because they were hard asses and didn’t let the three idiots get away with their crap. 

Karen crashes her car into a pole and totals it. She’s lucky to escape with only retrograde amnesia but things take a sinister turn when the detectives begin to question her story of why she was driving recklessly. Shortly after, a man’s dead body, riddled with bullets, is found in an empty restaurant only minutes from the scene. The detectives quickly suspect Karen was involved with this, and they begin questioning her more. Her husband, instead of supporting her, begins to quietly suspect her of lying, especially when she lies to the detectives right in front of him. The doozy here is the husband also has secrets. She tells him someone has been sneaking in their house and moving things. He thinks she’s nuts. Throw in Brigid, the neighbor across the street, and Karen’s best friend. She throws her support to Karen, but also makes sure to throw some doubt into her interview with the detectives. What the fuck? This is what your best friend does when their friend is recovering from a nasty car wreck? If you’re an overly obsessed nosy Nellie like Brigid, you do. Things get worse for Karen and Ted when she is arrested for the murder. She retains a lawyer…but let’s the cops come and question her several times without the attorney present. How many episodes of Law & Order do you have to binge on before you come to your senses and don’t answer questions without your attorney present? How many times do the husband and wife lie to each other when their lives are on the line? What does this goofy knitter nutball neighbor have to gain from stabbing her best friend in the back with her knitting needles? What’s the story with the dead body? Can Brigid’s husband Bob really be that insipid? What planet are these people from? Couldn’t Lapena have written a book around the detectives and let a roadside bomb disassemble the other 3?! Please? Pretty please?! This book is uninspiring, with juvenile dialogue, the overused plot device of amnesia, cliched psychological behaviors that would work more in a Lego Dr. Feel-good jungle, and the plot, surprises, and ending were all exactly what I thought they were. No suspense, no story, nada. Avoid at all costs! 

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~ by generationgbooks on May 28, 2017.

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