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Shari Lapena - Author

About the Author

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before writing fiction. Her debut thriller, The Couple Next Door was a global bestseller.

Featured books by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

Author: Shari Lapena Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

This book is the Sunday Times best-seller and WHSmith Book of the Year 2016. People are capalmost alomost anything. Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page. (Harlan Coben). Fast-paced and addictive, The Couple Next Door announces a major new talent in thriller writing. You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone. You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit? How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you'll never guess the truth...until it's too late. (Lisa Gardner).

Other books by Shari Lapena

Unwanted Guest

Unwanted Guest

Author: Shari Lapena Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2018

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!The twisty new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the HouseA weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting awayIt's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in for the long haul. Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.

An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest

Author: Shari Lapena Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

The new page-turner from the author of the phenomenal bestseller, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, and A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE. ********** We can't choose the strangers we meet. As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell's Inn, they're all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance. Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid. With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in - or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There's a killer among them - and nowhere to run. Until we find ourselves in a situation we can't escape. Trapped. ********** Readers love Shari Lapena: `Best book I've read in ages' `5* fast paced, twisting thriller' `The pace never let up' `On the edge of my seat to the end' `I haven't picked up a book in 9 years and I'm so glad that I picked this up! I loved it.' `Incredibly readable and unputdownable' `Very clever, well written, intriguing and suspenseful' `Had me hooked from start to finish'

Unwanted Guest

Unwanted Guest

Author: Shari Lapena Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lepena, read by Hillary Huber.The new page-turner from the author of the phenomenal bestseller, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, and A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE. **********We can't choose the strangers we meet.As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell's Inn, they're all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance. Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in - or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There's a killer among them - and nowhere to run. Until we find ourselves in a situation we can't escape. Trapped.**********

An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest

Author: Shari Lapena Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2018

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. The new pulse-pounding and unputdownable thriller from the author of the number one bestseller THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, and A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE. 'Tense. Unpredictable. Unputdownable. Shari Lapena's novels are domestic noir at its finest' Simon Kernick ********** We can't choose the strangers we meet. As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell's Inn, they're all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance. Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid. With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in - or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There's a killer among them - and nowhere to run. Until we find ourselves in a situation we can't escape. Trapped. ********** `If you want an unputdownable thriller, you're in luck - best-seller Shari Lapena is back with a new whodunnit . . . Crafted like a vintage Christie and just as tense, this will be a smash hit' Heat '[An Unwanted Guest] once again shows her gift for smart characterisation combined with a subtle appreciation for the darkness of the human heart . . . A perfectly choreographed danse macabre' Mail on Sunday `Shari Lapena combines the cosy feel and cunning plotting of an Agatha Christie-era whodunnit with a sharp eye for contemporary life and she is rapidly becoming a go-to author for anyone seeking a light but lip-smacking mystery' Sunday Express `The psychological thrillers of Lapena are masterclasses in tightly plotted, economical narrative...This third novel has a premise straight out of a Agatha Christie classic' Metro 'An excellent mystery! Agatha Christie meets P D James' Ragnar Jonasson Readers love Shari Lapena: `Best book I've read in ages' `5* fast paced, twisting thriller' `The pace never let up' `On the edge of my seat to the end' `I haven't picked up a book in 9 years and I'm so glad that I picked this up! I loved it.' `Incredibly readable and unputdownable' `Very clever, well written, intriguing and suspenseful' `Had me hooked from start to finish'

A Stranger in the House From the author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

A Stranger in the House From the author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

Author: Shari Lapena Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

The electrifying new thriller from Shari Lapena, author of the bestselling novel of the year, The Couple Next Door. `Shari expertly traps you, confounds you and leaves you gasping at the end. More, please . . .' FIONA BARTON `So many dizzying twists you'd better not drive after reading' LINWOOD BARCLAY `Smart, twisty thriller . . . It's taut, intelligent and compelling' Heat ***** Why would you run scared from a happy home? You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe . . . ***** Praise for Shari Lapena: 'I thought the read-it-in-one-sitting thing was a cliche. Not any more.' LINWOOD BARCLAY 'Entirely compelling, utterly realistic. You will not see the twists coming.' Daily Mail 'Meticulously crafted and razor sharp.' HARLAN COBEN 'A twisty, utterly riveting tale.' TESS GERRITSEN 'Shari Lapena furnishes a clever array of motives and suspects. The tension is high and remains to the last, stunning page.' The Times

Stranger in the House

Stranger in the House

Author: Shari Lapena Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2017

Look out for Shari Lapena's new thriller, AN UNWANTED GUEST, available soon.';Smart and suspenseful. . . you'll never see the ending coming.' --PureWowIn this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stopsfrom the bestselling author of The Couple Next DoorHe looks at her, concerned. ';How do you feel?'She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, ';Glad to be home.'Karen and Tom Krupp are happythey've got a lovely home in upstate New York, they're practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanishedher car's gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her pursecomplete with phone and IDbehind.There's a knock on the doorthe police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she's mostly okayexcept that she can't remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something's been moved. Something's not quite right. Someone's been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions.Because in this house, everyone's a stranger. Everyone has something they'd rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

A Stranger in the House From the author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

A Stranger in the House From the author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

Author: Shari Lapena Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2017

`Shari expertly traps you, confounds you and leaves you gasping at the end. More, please . . .' FIONA BARTON `So many dizzying twists you'd better not drive after reading' LINWOOD BARCLAY `Smart, twisty thriller . . . It's taut, intelligent and compelling' Heat The electrifying new thriller from Shari Lapena, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, The Couple Next Door. `Smart, twisty and compulsive. Suspense and suspicion accumulate relentlessly, toying with your expectations and your emotions right up until the packs-a-punch ending. Don't miss it, and don't expect to be able to put it down' GILLY MACMILLAN ***** Why would you run scared from a happy home? You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe . . . ***** Praise for Shari Lapena: 'I thought the read-it-in-one-sitting thing was a cliche. Not any more.' LINWOOD BARCLAY 'Entirely compelling, utterly realistic. You will not see the twists coming.' Daily Mail 'Meticulously crafted and razor sharp.' HARLAN COBEN 'A twisty, utterly riveting tale.' TESS GERRITSEN 'Shari Lapena furnishes a clever array of motives and suspects. The tension is high and remains to the last, stunning page.' The Times

A Stranger in the House From the author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

A Stranger in the House From the author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

Author: Shari Lapena Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

The electrifying new thriller from Shari Lapena, author of the bestselling novel of the year, The Couple Next Door. `Shari expertly traps you, confounds you and leaves you gasping at the end. More, please . . .' FIONA BARTON `So many dizzying twists you'd better not drive after reading' LINWOOD BARCLAY `Smart, twisty thriller . . . It's taut, intelligent and compelling' Heat ***** Why would you run scared from a happy home? You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe . . . ***** Praise for Shari Lapena: 'I thought the read-it-in-one-sitting thing was a cliche. Not any more.' LINWOOD BARCLAY 'Entirely compelling, utterly realistic. You will not see the twists coming.' Daily Mail 'Meticulously crafted and razor sharp.' HARLAN COBEN 'A twisty, utterly riveting tale.' TESS GERRITSEN 'Shari Lapena furnishes a clever array of motives and suspects. The tension is high and remains to the last, stunning page.' The Times

Stranger in the House

Stranger in the House

Author: Shari Lapena Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2017

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audio edition of A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena, read by Tavia Gilbert.'So many dizzying twists you'd better not drive after reading' LINWOOD BARCLAYThe electrifying new thriller from Shari Lapena, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, The Couple Next Door.'Smart, twisty and compulsive. Suspense and suspicion accumulate relentlessly, toying with your expectations and your emotions right up until the packs-a-punch ending. Don't miss it, and don't expect to be able to put it down' GILLY MACMILLAN*****Why would you run scared from a happy home?You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day.That's the last thing you remember.You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town.The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe . . .*****Praise for Shari Lapena:'I thought the read-it-in-one-sitting thing was a cliche. Not any more.' LINWOOD BARCLAY'Entirely compelling, utterly realistic. You will not see the twists coming.' Daily Mail'Meticulously crafted and razor sharp.' HARLAN COBEN'A twisty, utterly riveting tale.' TESS GERRITSEN'Shari Lapena furnishes a clever array of motives and suspects. The tension is high and remains to the last, stunning page.' The Times

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

Author: Shari Lapena Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

This book is the Sunday Times best-seller and WHSmith Book of the Year 2016. People are capalmost alomost anything. Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. The Couple Next Door lingers long after you turn the final page. (Harlan Coben). Fast-paced and addictive, The Couple Next Door announces a major new talent in thriller writing. You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone. You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit? How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you'll never guess the truth...until it's too late. (Lisa Gardner).

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

Author: Shari Lapena Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2017

***The Sunday Times bestseller and WHSmith Book of the Year 2016*** PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF ALMOST ANYTHING. `A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman' TESS GERRITSEN Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing. **** You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone. You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit? **** 'How well do we ever know those around us? THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR will keep you glued to the pages in search of the answer. Even then, you'll never guess the truth...until it's too late' LISA GARDNER 'I thought the read-it-in-one-sitting thing was a cliche. Not any more' LINWOOD BARCLAY `Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR lingers long after you turn the final page' HARLAN COBEN

Couple Next Door

Couple Next Door

Author: Shari Lapena Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2016

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERLook out for Shari Lapena's new thriller, AN UNWANTED GUEST, available soon.';The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages.'People';Provocative and shocking.'Lisa Gardner,New York Times bestselling author of Find Her';I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!' Sue Grafton,New York Timesbestselling author ofXIt all started at a dinner party. . .A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighborsa twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it alla loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night, when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately lands on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a familya chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

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