Author: Karen King
Book: The Stranger in my Bed
Publication Day: Nov 23rd 2020
‘We have a patient who has been involved in a serious accident. We believe he’s your husband.’
When Freya first met Phil, she thought he was the man of her dreams. He bought her roses every week, booked surprise trips to sun-soaked destinations, and showed her affection like she’d never experienced before. But over time the dream has become a violent nightmare. And now Freya is packing her bags, knowing it’s time she escaped their increasingly broken marriage.
But then Freya gets a visit from the police. Phil’s been in a horrific car crash and – as he comes around – it becomes clear that he remembers nothing since their blissful honeymoon two years before, back when their relationship was perfect. All he wants is to be happily married again.
Freya knows giving him another chance could be dangerous. But now he’s the one who needs her, it’s a chance to turn the tables, and to change the outcome of their relationship once and for all. After all, he will only know what she chooses to tell him…
But what really happened during those two years of marriage? And as they start over again, who is safe? And whose life is in danger?
Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and Date Night, who are looking for a dark, gripping psychological suspense novel, will love The Stranger in My Bed.
Holy Hell! What did I just read. This was amazing!
When Freya gets a visit from the police informing her that her husband, Phil, has been in a car accident and is in a coma, Freya rushes to his side. But, is Freya making the right decision to stand by her husband when he wakes up with amnesia, not remembering the two years they have been married? Is Freya taking a chance with an abusive husband hoping things will turn out differently? Or is Phil really the abusive husband Freya claims him to be?
Reading this story will leave you mightily confused, but in a good way. Who is telling the truth and who is telling lies? At one point it seems both are unreliable narrators especially when the truth seems to get muddled in with misdirection. Which one are you going to trust? Is it Freya, the supposedly battered wife or Phil, the supposedly loving husband who wants nothing more than to get to the truth. Going back and forth between the both of them will leave your head spinning as you race to the end trying to figure it all out.
Make no mistake, there are some heavy trigger warnings during the course of this story in regards to physical and emotional abuse. At times, they become very heavy and not easy to read and I found myself getting angry. I may have even let out a few curse words! Okay, more than just “may” I definitely let drop a few F bombs and “what the F’s.” I have such a potty mouth!
Will the reader figure some things out on their own? Sure. But boy oh boy that ending rocked! I definitely did not expect that. I think my jaw dropped open! Simply brilliant!
This is definitely a book that you surely do not want to miss! A definite five star read for me!
Karen King is a multi-published bestselling author of fiction for both adults and children. She has also written several short stories for women’s magazines.
Currently published by Bookouture and Headline. Karen has recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture to write psychological thrillers. The first one will be out in November, and the second one in 2021. She is also contracted to write three romance novels for Headline, which will be out in 2021 and 2022
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