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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,096 ratings  ·  259 reviews
Sarah est depuis sept ans sans nouvelles de son mari, Philipp, disparu au cours d'un voyage en Colombie. Jusqu'au jour où on lui annonce qu'il vient d'être libéré par le gang qui l'avait kidnappé. Après tant d'années, à quel point son mari aura-t-il changé ? Sarah se prépare au pire.
Mais lorsque l'homme identifié comme étant Philipp arrive à l'aéroport, Sarah est catégoriq
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Published October 1st 2018 by JC Lattès (first published August 29th 2016)
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Linda Strong
It's been 7 years since Sarah's husband disappeared while on a business trip to South America. She's been waiting ... and waiting .. and grieving. The family's financial advisor has suggested having Philip declared legally dead .. but she still has hope that he's alive... somewhere.

She's just beginning to start her life again ... when the phone call comes. Her husband is alive and is coming home. Needless to say, she's breathless.

But the man who shows up at the airport isn't her husband. No one
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed Melanie Raabe's previous book 'The Trap' I was eager to read this one. Unfortunately, I didn't find it as compelling as I thought I would, and the slow and steady pace meant I was struggling to stay interested and invested in the storyline.

The core concept of the book is that Sarah's husband goes missing and in his place comes an imposter who knows everything about her marriage to husband Phillip. But how? Who exactly is he? One exceptional aspect of the story is that you never kn
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Honestly, this is a bloody hard book to review. I had a hard time getting into the book, the only reason I kept going was the fact that I wanted to know the truth about the stranger. I was a bit frustrated at first, I mean come one, how could you just keep up the charade? If a man steps out of an airplane and is a total stranger, would you not say so? There must be photographs to prove the fact. However, all this, my questions, my musings got answered at the end. Still, I'm not even sure I total ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of The Stranger by Melanie Raabe from NetGalley for my honest review.

Sarah's husband , that she hasn't seen for seven years, disappears in South Africa. He is presumed dead. He then reappears but Sarah isn't convinced it is really him. Now the man is in her house but he is a stranger. Is it really her husband or an imposter? If it is her husband, why is he shorter? Although this is a psychological thriller, I just couldn't connect to the characters. The writing is fine j
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger is the second novel by bestselling German author, Melanie Raabe. It is 2015, and Sarah Peterson has just learned that her husband Philip, missing for seven years and presumed dead by many, has been released by his Columbian captors and is on his way home. But the man she greets at the airport with her eight-year-old son, Leo, the man they’ve brought back from South America? That’s not her husband, no matter what they all say. And now this imposter, this stranger is in her house!

Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Stranger is about roommates Mary, Cat, Ben and their newest roommate Rachel. To everyone but Mary Rachel seems strange. Mary believes that Rachel and her are alike. Went through similar things. But is it tru? Or is this ‘stranger’ out for more?

Thank you #netgally
Text Publishing
‘After the initial suspense the novel cascades into an edgy thriller and the end is sweet and innocent and left a tear in my eye.’
AU Review, Top Ten Books of 2017

‘A classic domestic noir…Generates sustained psychological suspense that gets under the skin.’

‘Raabe cleverly sets up her story, inserting twists and red herrings so that the reader is kept guessing until the final, staggering reveal. Flawlessly translated from German by Imogen Taylor, this page turner is even better than Raabe’s deb
Alex Cantone
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, thriller
I picked up “The Stranger” thinking it was about South America; only to find it was a domestic melodrama of a man who had gone missing in Colombia, to turn up home 7 years later, except his wife knows it is not her husband. He's too short for one thing, and she suspects fraud. I felt the context a bit flimsy, given that even the camera-shy have their photos taken for a driver’s licence and passport with their height registered, and expired documents are still a matter of public record.

I’d lost
Nicky Mottram
Unusual storyline, gripping in places the ending wasn’t what I expected
I listened to this book on audio courtesy of BorrowBox through my library, and it was excellently read by Kristin Atherton.

I thought it was good. Creepy, dark, and with a twist. I had seen the twist coming, but that did not spoil things for me.

Melanie Raabe is a very clever writer, I will read more by her in the future.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The blurb was so intriguing, that I picked up this book thinking it to be a mysterious suspenseful read. The story goes thus, Sarah’s husband goes missing, and after seven years, along comes a man who knows everything about her and her husband, claiming to be her husband. I thought this would grip me as the pages turned, but sadly it felt staccato and very slow. I had to skim read to get to the ending.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Stranger Upstairs is an atmospheric psychological thriller which effectively builds the tension right from the first page; I was really intrigued by Sarah's story and wanted to know what had really happened throughout the whole novel. There were so many interesting conflicts which made me think one way or another about Sarah's long-lost husband 'Philip' - or the man who seems to be pretending to be him - and made me flit between various theories on why thi
Marc Bougharios
2.5 stars

One day Sarah said goodbye to her husband for what she though would be a week and now it’s been years. When she gets a call saying that her husband is kind and he’s returning back home, Sarah is ecstatic. But when she is at the airport she doesn’t recognize this man. He is not her husband. But no one believes her. Who is this man and why is he pretending to be her husband?

I’m not going to lie, the plot alone is very interesting and throughout the novel, you will question who the man is
Reading the blurb of the book on Netgalley I was intrigued. First because of the story, second because I read a couple of German books each year for book report purposes. All German books have, in my view, a couple of things in common that make why they are so ‘typically German’.
First, there is not a shred in humour in German thrillers. Something I dearly miss because I think it is an essential part of a thriller/mystery. Second, people shrug, frown and shake their heads all the time. After a w
Ana Jupek
It's 2.5 by my opinion. Author did not give any proper explanation for some of the characters behavior and actions. It is hard to express my opinion without any spoilers . But to be honest , i would give it a try if this would be the book i would recommend... but it is not. I am not saying it is badly written, story is ok... But the outcome and reason for all of the mess just felt like "angry teenager game.. " . It just does not happen with adults who know each other for years . I am not buying ...more
Calista Andrechek
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley, Melanie Raabe and The House of Anansi for the free ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Sarah’s husband went missing seven years ago in South Africa and she has been busy raising their little boy while wondering if she’ll ever see her husband again. He is presumed dead, but Sarah won’t go through with the paperwork, sure that he is still alive. Then one day she gets the call that she has been waiting for, Phillip is alive and coming home. As he gets off the plane Sarah rea
Alyssa Smith
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loves-of-my-life
Oh my god, this book fu**** me up. I’m not even sorry for the foul word. I hate to take a word from a friends review, but all I could think of while reading this was how transient and dreamlike this book was. The little snippets of reoccurring wisps of thought, the ebb and flow of memories are completely enchanting. I am riveted, and I found myself wanting to go back and read it all over, knowing what I know now. There was something so raw, so real, so tangible - so utterly heartbreaking- so rel ...more
Lady Delacour
Captivating Mystery
that you will not
want to put down.
Listened with TTS.
Clean except for some
Mild Foul Language.
Pam Tickner
I was a huge fan of Raabe's first book and found the structure of this book to be very similar which distracted from the story for me. The short chapters and unrelenting pace keeps you reading and guessing as to what is really going on. A great psychological thriller.
"I don't care about truth. I want some happiness." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Naja, ein richtiger Thriller war das nicht. Und die Auflösung... War nicht so meins.
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
2.5 STARS - What would you do if your husband, who went missing 7 years before, suddenly came back into your life? But you're the only person who questions if he's the man you married. He may look similar but Sarah is adamant that he is not her husband and yet, he knows things about her that no one else could possibly know. This is the premise of The Stranger Upstairs.

The story is told via the POVs of Sarah and 'the husband/stranger' which gives readers different perspectives and will make them
THE STRANGER is a physiological thriller novel by German author, Melanie Raabe, and was translated from German.

Set in Hamburg, Sarah Peterson has gone seven years without knowing where her husband is. Seven years ago, Philip Peterson completely disappeared after supposedly going on a trip to South America – leaving his wife, Sarah, to bring up their baby on her own.

Sarah has fought to live a life every single day, in the hope that she would one find out what happened to her husband. Everything
I really don't know what to make of this book.
Okay I have given it four stars!!!
How would you feel if your husband had been missing for seven years? You carry on with your life bringing up your son but always alone. Then you get the phone call informing you that your husband is alive and on the way home. You have been waiting so long for this day and now it has finally arrived. When you see him at the airport you don't recognise him. In your head you are screaming This is not my husband this is
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Petersen is convinced that her husband Philip is dead. It is seven years since he disappeared in Colombia and she has been thinking of having him declared dead. When the Foreign Affairs Department tells her he has been found and will be home tomorrow, she really thought she would have more time.

Everybody gets off the plane and she is still waiting for Philip to emerge, and then she realises he must be one of the men already on the tarmac. He is a stranger - she thinks - an imposter. Her so
Trigger warnings: disappearance of a spouse, violence, mental health, (view spoiler)

3.5 stars.

The majority of this book was SO COMPELLING. Sarah's husband is found, seven years after he disappeared on a business trip to Colombia. But when he gets off the plane, Sarah has no idea who he is. He's a total stranger. Everyone else is like "...............what do you mean, of course that's your husband!". But she knows it's not true.

The first...300 page
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was totally gripped by this book after a bit of a slow start and read it in one evening. I couldn't wait to find out who the man was, what his plans were and what he had in store for Sarah. Enjoyed the alternating narratives between Sarah and "the stranger", the latter of which slowly revealed hints and twists that left Sarah reeling. It's quite a claustrophic read for the most part and the tension builds well. It's quite clever in that it's hard to know which of the characters can be trusted ...more
Lynne Krebs
I liked this book, which I received as a free book from Goodreads. However, it also annoyed me. Sarah hasn't seen her husband for 7 years when he disappeared in South America. He then reappears but Sarah isn't convinced it is him. I was annoyed because things weren't explained enough. Why was Philip several centimetres shorter when he reappeared. Sarah suspected Johann of wanting her money but this factor wasn't explored either. Just little things but it would have been great if the author had c ...more
Jamie Canaves
Psychological Thriller (TW suicide)

I needed something for my brain to obsess on in order to ignore *gestures wildly over there at all the stress * and this delivered. Sarah’s husband disappeared seven years ago and she’s finally started to accept that he isn’t returning, and so she’s moving on with her life with her young son. And then she gets the call that her husband Philip has been found and is returning home. That’s when everything goes WTF because as soon as Sarah sees him, she says, “That
Johnna Whetstone
Thank you for the arc of this book, unfortunately I did not finish, I tried and tried, but couldn't get into after the beginning, It sucked me in at first, but then it slowed down and was just not a book I could get myself engaged in, I'll try to pick up at later date before publisher and update if so, but will let members of Chapter Chatter Pub, about its release regardless, as I do think some might find it more engaging than I did.
Rhonda Lomazow
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tense twisty turning thriller.Found myself drawn in from first pages so well written kept me guessing.A new author for me will be looking forward to her next book, Thanks# textpublishing # NetGalley for advance reading copy,
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