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‘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 Frey
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Lisa
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Bookoutre, Karen King and Netgalley.
I hated this book!
That's not to say that I didn't gobble it up, because I did.
I'm the idiot that who read a review that mentioned a twist! I should know better! Even my favorite squirrel, Doodle bug-McSquirrely Britches, would have said give it a pass!
I will say that it was a well written story. I'd even read more from this author of she could up her game.
Sad truth is that there isn't a twist. Maybe a slight curve?
This story is one of those tha
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Think about your douchebag husband you plan to leave who has real anger management issues nearly dies at a car accident, opening his eyes with an erased memory, giving you angelic looks as if your volatile arguments and screaming matches have never been happened!

Would you decide to leave his sorry ass because once a controlling abuser is always an abuser even though he suffers from short term memory loss or would you give it a chance to your marriage to have a fresh start?
I actually choose th
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Mark
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A new author to me, this is Karen King’s first psychological thriller after publishing Romance novels
You are abused by your partner, you’ve had enough and pack your case to leave, getting as far as putting it in your car when the Police arrive and inform you your husband, your abuser, is in a life threatening state after his car was in a terrible accident
Dutifully you go to the hospital and wait by his bed, he improves, you are free to leave BUT then he has amnesia, he remembers nothing of the p
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DJ Sakata
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quote:

‘Determined, not stubborn,’ she corrected lightly. ‘Determined is a good trait; stubborn isn’t always.’


My Review:

This is the type of story that has me wanting the shake sense into the characters and give them a good pinch for being so obtuse they annoy me. The women knew better, yet they still fell repeatedly for the Irish charm. The intriguing storylines were twisty, well-paced, and taut with impending peril, domestic abuse, family drama, lies, betrayals, and secrets aplenty. Thi
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Lucy C
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Freya and Phil have been married just over two years, things haven't always been a bed of roses between the two of them.

With the marriage in turmoil and Phil becoming violent Freya decides to pack her bags and plans to leave, after another row Phil storms out and is involved in a car crash. As Phil comes round he has no memory since they got married can Freya put it all behind her and start again.?

I was pleasantly surprised by this read, I really enjoyed this I was hooked straight away and was r
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Vanessa Menezes
When Freya first met Phil, she thought he was the man of her dreams. He bought her roses and showed her affection like she’d never experienced before. But over time the dream had become a violent nightmare.

Finally, when Freya decides it’s time she escaped their increasingly broken marriage, she gets a visit from the police. Phil’s been in a horrific car crash and when he regains conscious, he remembers nothing since their blissful honeymoon two years before, back when their relationship was per
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Monnie
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
If I had a quarter for every sentence in this book that ends with a question mark, I swear I'd have enough money to replace the roof on our house. Good grief!

Both Freya and her husband of a couple of years, Phil, are facing uncertainties; for personal reasons, Freya has made the decision to leave Phil - or so she says in the beginning. But then Phil is seriously injured in an auto accident that's left him with no memory of anything prior to the return from what he recalls as a happy honeymoon. A
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Louise Wilson
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
When Freya first met Phil, she thought he was the man of her dreams. But over time the dream had become a violent nightmare. Now Freya is packing her bags, knowing it's time to escape their increasingly broken marriage. But then Freya gets a visit from the police. Phil has been in a horrific car crash. When Phil eventually comes round, it's clear he remembers nothing since their honeymoon two years ago. Freya knows giving him another chance could be dangerous.

This is a real slow burner. It was
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Tracy
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i so enjoyed this very addictive .Freya s husband Phil is seriously injured in a car accident .and when he wakes up has forgotten the last 2 years he thinks they have just got married . but that night Freya was going to leave him . she tells her sister Daisy that he is abusive her sister is shocked . but Daisy has a secret that she does not want anyone to find out but the police say it was not an accident someone wanted him died the twists in this book so good
Amanda Deur
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Bookouture and Netgalley for the provided ARC. Please keep in mind while reading this review that this is an ARC I've read.

The Stranger In My Bed is a title that immediately drew my attention. I absolutely love thrillers and the description of this book made me feel intrigued.

Freya is a young woman whose marriage is on the rocks and she is about to leave her abusive husband when he gets into a serious accident and loses his memory of the last two years. This makes Freya hopeful, perh
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Shalini
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great psychological thriller which put me on a rollicking ride from the beginning to end. Author Karen King’s writing kept in smooth in its pace and convoluted in its plotlines, where I was in a conundrum about who was telling me the truth.

A dream marriage broken by violence, Freya had had enough. She’d packed her bags and was about to leave when the cops visited her. Her husband had been in an accident and was critical.

In the hospital, she barely had time to make a tough decision whe
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Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Psychological thriller fans
Recommended to Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog by: Bookouture
Shelves: 2020
The Stranger in my Bed is an engrossing and gripping page turner that took me on one emotional rollercoaster ride. The plot is one that caught my attention immediately and has been very well put together and executed. It is thought provoking, with you asking yourself the question, what would you do if you found yourself in the same situation.

The characters are well rounded, developed and written well. The story is narrated in the main from the points of view of Freya and Phil giving the reader a
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Brenda Feinen
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5
I enjoyed this very creative plot.
Freya and Phil have a tumultuous marriage. After an argument regarding a last minute trip to Dubai, Phil storms out of the house and drives away. A few moments later Phil crashes into a lorry - and remains in a coma for a few days. Upon waking, Phil believes he and Freya have just returned from their honeymoon, thus missing his last two years of memories.
This story is told from several perspectives - Freya provides current details as well as insight into th
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Audrey Flynn
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. The plot twists and turns and keeps you guessing right until the last page. Not only is this an engrossing thriller, but it's a good exploration of what it means to be in a violent relationship. I will definitely read this author again.
CaraDico
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Bookouture, Karen King and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Freya is leaving her Husband after two years in an abusive marriage. She is walking out the door with her suitcases when she learns her Husband has been in a terrible car accident. She rushes to the hospital where she learns he has forgotten the last two years of her life. Does she stay? Does she go?

However, not all is as it seems. All along this thrill ride of a Novel, the Reader questions what he/she th
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Marla
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Freya and Phil had a whirlwind romance and became married. They had a tumultuous marriage and Phil had a horrible car accident the night Freya had enough of Phil's abuse and decided to leave him, Then there was a terrible turn to Freya's situation, What should she do now? Should she stay or leave? I'm not sure what I would have done but I couldn't read fast enough to see what unfolds. There are twists that will leave you wondering what is really going on? Who can you believe? Everyone in the boo ...more
Carol Mageean
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Net Galley for granting me this book in return for an honest review. I do not want to give the story away - it’s covered in the synopsis but I would say this is the first book I have read by this author and enjoyed it immensely. I loved the style of writing how it covered the different characters and their feelings and from page one was hooked by the drama within.

I did not want to put it down and could not wait for the next chapter totally absorbing and would highly recommend.
theliterateleprechaun
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Karen King’s debut psychological thriller, The Stranger In My Bed, to be published November 23, 2020, explores the darker side of relationships. Cleverly told from multiple points of view, the expertly woven storyline keeps readers guessing which partner is the abusive one and which partner is in danger. Told gently, as only an accomplished children’s writer could do, King’s thriller highlights the complexity of abusive relationships and why many victims choose to remain.

Freya and Phil Keegan h
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peggy
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author for me and a domestic noir thriller. A slow burner but I just had to keep on reading. Freya is an abusive marriage and finally decides to leave. As she is packing she receives a phone call, her husband has been hurt in an accident. He is in hospital and is in a coma. How can she leave now. When he comes round he has no memory of the last two years or does he? Freya really thinks things are better. But we all know that a leopard cannot change its spots. I wanted to shake Freya so muc ...more
Riya Reads
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Great title,
Attractive blurb
BUT
Predictable plot, not immersive much for me.
I kept DNFing it and finally gave in to DNFing it after 55%, nothing much happens, tad bit repetitive.
It is an okay read which can be overlooked if you are looking for an adrenaline filled, rollercoaster of a book which twists your mind and keeps you guessing.

Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Bookstaroom
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-list-2020
In the beginning, the story was really slow paced. We get to meet Freya and her side of a story, but in the middle of a book everything changes.
I loved how we get to know the story of almost every character included.
I admit, I was bored about 60% into the book, but then everything became more twisty and interesting. And the end - omg!

Thank you NetGalley, Karen King and Bookouture for this ARC.
Sam
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is a bit like vanilla ice-cream, it's ok, you enjoy it, but it isn't very exciting.

Freya is in an abusive marriage, after another fight and a storm out of her husband Phil she decides to leave. When she is just about out the door the police are there to inform her Phil had an accident and is now in the hospital. After being in a coma for a couple of days Phil wakes up with amnesia. He forgot all about the last 2 years, all their married years, years of an abusive relationship, how conv
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Renee
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher for the ARC, which I received in exchange for my honest review. The Stranger in My Bed is a domestic thriller with a very interesting premise. Freya has been married to Phil for two years, when he is involved in a serious auto crash that leaves him with amnesia. During their whirlwind courtship and wedding, Phil seemed to be the perfect man. The reality of marriage proved to be quite different however, as Phil was an adulterous and abusive control freak. ...more
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Thank you to Karen King and Netgalley for this ARC

This was a really good story, I enjoyed the new concept of the crash causing amnesia on the guilty party and his wife deciding to change him.

I thought there was suitable intrigue and mystery. What was missing for me was "thriller" aspects.
I didn't sense a twist and in essence there wasn't really one, I didn't feel like any action happened or the pace quickened.

It was a very tame thriller but very enjoyable all the same.
Lorraine
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first Karen King book but it won’t be my last, I loved her writing style and I found reading this book like watching a movie, fast paced and having me wanting more. I did work out the plot early doors, but this didn’t spoil the book for me one bit, I loved everything about it. Family drama, Freya and Phil have a lot of secrets within their marriage, but when Phil looses his memory of the whole time they have been married, is it a chance for them to start over and forget the past? Unfo ...more
Em__Jay
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the first book I have read by Karen King. THE STRANGER IN MY BED is the author’s first foray into writing psychological thrillers.

Phil and Freya Keegan have been married for two years when a car accident wipes Phil’s memory of the last two years – their entire marriage. To him, he and Freya are much in love and have just returned from their honeymoon to start married life. For Freya, the reality is that she is now at a crossroads. Their marriage was toxic. Phil’s abusive behavior had re
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Robyn
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy Hell! What did I just read. This was amazing!

When Freya gets a visit from the police informing her that her husband, Phil, has been in a car accident and is in a coma, Freya rushes to his side. But, is Freya making the right decision to stand by her husband when he wakes up with amnesia, not remembering the two years they have been married? Is Freya taking a chance with an abusive husband hoping things will turn out differently? Or is Phil really the abusive husband Freya claims him to be?

R
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CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Appearances are not always what they seem. Phil and Freya Keegan are the idyllic married couple. They have a nice house with a charming yard befitting Phil's handsome looks and Freya's stunning figure. From all appearances, they have the perfect marriage. But when Phil is involved in an "supposed" accident that nearly costs him his life, we find that their idyllic marriage isn't that idyllic after all; and that perhaps Phill wasn't the best person to be married to.

A Stranger in My Bed is a gripp
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Christine Scotney
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC.
Your abusive husband has almost died in a car accident, after he storms out after another row, fulled by his temper. You pack your bags, put them in the car and the Police come to inform you as you have just closed the boot.
When he awakes from his coma, he has lost the memories of his married life to Freya, he remembers all his life up until he steps of the plane after their honeymoon. We find out that the accident was no accident.
I found this boo
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Pip Machin
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Many thanks to Karen King, Bookouture and Netgalley for this review copy.

The first page of this book had me gripped, full of questions and so very intrigued.

After an terrible car accident Phil looses all memory of the last two years of his life and must put together the pieces. Who can he trust? His wife Freya stands by him at his time of need but as the story develops she finds herself torn.

I had great hopes for this book and loved the chapters from different view points but I did not feel tha
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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
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