The Stranger Inside
by Laura Benedict (Mulholland Books– Out February 5, 2019)
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Kimber Hannon’s belief that she has complete control over her life is shattered the night that she comes home from a trip to find her key no longer opens her front door. There is a stranger living in her house. A stranger who claims he has every right to be there, with the paperwork to prove it. When she confronts the man, he lets her get close enough to whisper, “I was there. I saw what you did.”
She doesn’t know how he knows her, but with those words Kimber knows this stranger isn’t after anything as simple as her money or artwork or charming Craftsman bungalow. She has to find out exactly what he wants and get him out of her carefully orchestrated life before he ruins it.
There are plenty of people in her life who might help, but should Kimber trust any of them? Her lawyer, Gabriel, is also her ex-lover; Diana, her best friend, doesn’t know Kimber slept with her husband; her ex-husband has a new, happier life since leaving her; and her co-workers know she’ll do anything to get her next sale. And no one can know the real reason this man is in her house. Without trust, everyone’s a stranger….
4 Stars: The story starts right away with Michelle dying at the bottom of the ravine. From there, we flash to Kimber who has arrived home to find someone else living in her house. This intruder makes it known that he has it out for Kimber, but we are not sure why.
What I loved: The plot line in general. I could not even imagine coming home to find someone else in my house claiming to live there. I loved how the book started and there were many connections to close out the story. Some I was able to guess and some not so much– I really believed my one angle was IT. Unreliable narrator that was not on drugs or drunk all the time. I personally did not like Kimber at all, but to be honest I am not sure we were supposed too, but while she know she is not telling the whole truth it was not due to being intoxicated.
What I did not love: There was a small stretch of time where it felt like the story was dragging a little bit.
I would recommend to those who love a good suspense novel that constantly twists!