Would you give a man you knew to be dangerous another chance just because he forgot what he did?
The Stranger in My Bed by Karen King
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?
The Stranger in My Bed is a simple and enjoyable read with no complicated twists and turns. I’ve read some reviews that complained about the lack of a big twist but I felt that the story was compelling enough without one. However, I do have to admit that it wasn’t very difficult to guess some aspects of the story and that might frustrate some people.
It was easy for me to become engrossed in this psychological thriller. I enjoyed the fact that it left me wondering which of the characters are actually telling the truth. I’m a sucker for an unreliable narrator. The narration jumps between Freya and Phil meaning the reader gets a good insight into both personalities.
I liked Freya as a character. Phil was more complicated for me depending on what point of the plot I was at. Sometimes he could be nothing more than a dangerous man, while at other times I felt I was being manipulated into thinking he was all bad. I appreciated how the author was able to make me continually change my mind regarding the outcome of the story, despite me knowing that this was a toxic relationship regardless.
I flew through The Stranger in My Bed and it is a book I would recommend to others. For myself, I need to discover what else Karen King has to offer.
The Stranger in My Bed is available to buy now.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.