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Summary

The Stranger in My Home is the utterly compelling new contemporary novel from Adele Parks, Sunday Times best-selling author of The State We're In, sure to move, grip and delight her fans along with readers of Liane Moriarty, Jane Shemilt and Lisa Jewell.

When you have everything you dreamed of, there is everything to lose.

Alison is lucky, and she knows it. She has the life she always craved, including a happy home with Jeff and their brilliant, vivacious teenage daughter, Katherine - the absolute centre of Alison's world. Then a knock at the door ends life as they know it.

Fifteen years ago someone else took Alison's baby from the hospital. And now Alison is facing the unthinkable. Her daughter belongs to someone else. What would you do if you discovered your beloved child is not yours?

©2016 Adele Parks (P)2016 Headline Digital

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Enjoyable storyline but badly researched

I really enjoyed this book, but it was ruined by totally incorrect information regarding BRCA mutations. The 15 year old Katherine was tested for a BRCA mutation. Firstly under 18's aren't allowed to be tested as it isn't seen as ethical, and secondly they would have asked for the actual mutation her birth mother had, not just blindly test for a a mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene. The Narrator also wrongly spelled the letters out rather that pronounce it 'bracka' This kind of information could be easily obtained by a quick google!

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Tedious

For me this book was a bore . Too much detail , every incident was drawn out to the full . I was relieved to finish it.

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On and on and on. !!!

This book just goes on and on and on and on about the most mind numbing inconsequential detail. It's like a drone that doesn't stop.The actual story could be good,but the book should be about 2 hundred page shorter.ive never experienced this kind of ridiculous detail,ever. The sort of detail that has nothing to do with the story. ie. Talking about radio 1 djs endless rubbish about hairstyles. Random and bizarre. Boring twoddle

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Slow to start...

But turned into a nice story with a lovely ending. Unexpected twist. I would recommend although maybe a bit long

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Disappointing

The beginning of the story was quite promising but it got worse and worse. I kept persevering for the big twist, but wish I hadn't. Probably the worse book I have downloaded

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nicely paced

Nice pace.. you wonder where it's going and then BAM ! This is a real treat.

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Poor story and poor narrating

Ridiculous story line that really dragged and the twist wasn't much of a twist. The voices of the different characters overlapped such that it wasn't possible to distinguish who was who.

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Amazing

Compelling story likeable characters and I loved the twist, I really didn't see that coming.

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Took a while to get into

Would you try another book written by Adele Parks or narrated by Rachel Atkins?

Maybe

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Very slow start, main character is so anoying, almost gave up. Gets better in the later chapters if you can stick with it.

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It was ok but ending a bit lame!

I was quite gripped throughout by the story and enjoyed the surprise twist but the ending, for me, was a bit of an anti climax. Alison overpowering Tom was a bit unbelievable and I felt it was rushed compared to the rest of the story.

I was annoyed at the dog, Mozart being given two malteser chocolates - chocolate is VERY dangerous to dogs and can kill them so I hope no other listener repeats this. Also the therapist that Catherine saw was said to have needed therapy herself after helping Catherine process her trauma. Counsellors/therapists always have their own therapists anyway. I guess it was meant to inject some humour but I thought it made the book less credible for what had been a good storyline.

Sim of the voices sounded similar and it as at times difficult to work out which character was speaking.

Would I recommend it? Probably as it was really gripping until the end.