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  • Not As Advertised

    This book was labeled as a psychological thriller. The story was a decent one. Nothing hard to follow. The writing itself was good. I didn't feel "thriller" here. Instead it was more of the story of an abusive relationship and a controlling spouse. Nothing in here broke any new ground or was terribly surprising. A good story. Not a great story.

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  • Secrets in the closet?😯

    Kept me guessing🤔 Karen King's psychological thriller maintained the suspense right through to the end. But it could have been tighter and better. I felt that there was a good deal of repetition, especially with Freya, the female lead, and her thoughts as she continues to look for justifications for husband Phil's behavior. The story gives a strong, scary portrait of a controlling and manipulative husband. Phil is a real piece of work! Freya is actually a quite complex and realistic character. She second guesses herself, occasionally gives in to her own anger and rage, and hopefully looks to the bright side even when her instincts warn her not to. Usually I like when a story is told from alternating points of view. In this case, using multiple points of view reduced the suspense somewhat as it worked to eliminate speculation of guilt for some of the suspects. Thanks to publishers Bookouture and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • Brill read!

    Ooh, this book opens with a huge dilemma. Freya has to make a choice in how she deals with the effects of Phil’s accident. The wrong decision could be deadly, but her husband looks so vulnerable. There are three main POV’s and a POV by an unknown character which added a big fat dose of mystery to the story. These chapters were sinister in nature and kept me scrolling through the pages to find out who was lurking in the shadows. The main themes in the book are gaslighting and domestic abuse, and the way these themes are brought to life through the characters and story give a realistic feel to it all. The themes are skilfully handled and some chapters actually saddened me. My thoughts were really with Freya through the whole book. It’s walking-on-eggshells tense throughout and if you love psychological thrillers, then it’s one to read! Thoroughly enjoyed. PS - I’m going to double lock the doors tonight - eek!

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  • A thrilling read

    The Stranger in my Bed is an engrossing and gripping page turner that took me on one emotional rollercoaster ride. The plot is one that caught my attention immediately and has been very well put together and executed. It is thought provoking, with you asking yourself the question, what would you do if you found yourself in the same situation. The characters are well rounded, developed and written well. The story is narrated in the main from the points of view of Freya and Phil giving the reader an in-depth view of their relationship. My answer to the above question of what I would do is obvious and I would not stand for it, but not having been in a situation like Freya or any other woman or man that has been in an abusive relationship, that is easy for me to say. The story is a slow burn to begin with, but as the tension and suspense builds up, so does the pace. It has also been very well written and although slightly repetitive in some instances, was able to be overlooked in my desperation to know how it was going to all unfold. What I thought I knew, I knew nothing at all! The Stranger in my Bed is Karen King’s first foray into the psychological thriller genre and I think she has done a good job. Transitioning from romance to a psychological thriller that deals with abuse and violence, I can only imagine would have been challenging, but Karen King has done it seamlessly. All up The Stranger in my Bed is this is a solid read to lose yourself in for a few hours. I enjoyed being pulled in and held captive for the duration. I really like Karen King’s style of storytelling and I will be on the lookout for more work from her in the psychological thriller genre.

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  • Suspicion, Betrayal & Payback

    Good interesting read of flawed characters involved in spousal abuse, memory loss & betrayal amongst your supposed loved ones. Enjoyed the very satisfying ending. RECOMMEND & would read more from this author. Thanks to NetGalley & Bookouture for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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