The Stranger in My Bed by Karen King @karen_king @bookouture @nholten40 #BookReview #BooksonTour #Book609 #NetGalleyNovember #NetGalleyCountdown

Posted November 23, 2020 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 13 Comments

The Stranger in My Bed by Karen King
Published by Bookouture on November 23, 2020
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 288
Also by this author: One Summer In Cornwall

‘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 had 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 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?

OMG YES YES YES and YES to this book! All the yeses! I really enjoyed this book if you hadn’t guessed. It was something else. A husband in a car accident loses 2 years of his memories. Phil can only remember coming home from his honeymoon with his wife Freya. He doesn’t remember the 2 years of their marriage, he doesn’t remember the abuse, the darkness nor the pain. He is the husband before that….or is he?

Freya, the woman who has been living in fear, isn’t sure who Phil will be when he wakes up. But can we believe this scared woman?

This book completely plays on you. Who is telling the truth? Who is the abuser and who is the victim? When strange things start to happen well it turned my head upside down. To the point, I woke up at 4 am and started to read it for an hour because like Phil and Freya I couldn’t sleep. This book played on my mind and I had to reach the ending.

The ending was bittersweet with a final sting in the tale. I loved that sting too. I was worried what direction the book was going to go and I was worried we might have a “Hollywood” ending and believe me we do not! I loved the ending and that’s all I will say.

Karens writing grips you. She makes you change your mind constantly on what you believe. One minute you are on one side, but when the books point of view changes, your point of view changes. I love books like that, it made my little brain work overtime as I kept trying to figure out who was lying! No matter what you believe, this relationship is toxic. With Phil we uncover information when he does, fleeting flashbacks haunt him and he’s not sure what is true. With Freya, we are shown a past that she lived and she has regrets. Love really doesn’t run true here. It literally hurts, but who is it hurting? It does make you think about you would do in that situation too! Would you give someone a second chance, despite their history because they have lost their memories?

This is my first book by Karen and honestly, this will not be my last. She is an author I will want to be reading and again and again. Hopefully, it’s not too long until the next one.

Until next time xxx

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About Karen King

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, The Stranger in My Bed, 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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13 responses to “The Stranger in My Bed by Karen King @karen_king @bookouture @nholten40 #BookReview #BooksonTour #Book609 #NetGalleyNovember #NetGalleyCountdown

  1. I also enjoyed this one. I agree there were times, I didn’t know who was telling the truth, and yes, that final little dig. Great review Zoé.