The Stranger in my Home by Adele Parks

I was still reading a lot of books I didn’t enjoy earlier this year when I saw a review for The Stranger in my Home by Adele Parks. It sounded very interesting, so I went and bought it!

I’d read a couple of Adele Parks books back in the day and they’d left me underwhelmed. They were very chick-lit, very forgettable. But chick-lit authors mature. They stop writing about PR girls in London meeting unsuitable dashing young men, before falling in love with their male best friend who they had never seen in ‘that way’ before. They write about marriage and kids and things I can relate to.

The Stranger in my Home is written from the point of view of Alison, a 40-something mum, who leads a happy life with Jeff and their brilliant teenage daughter. Katherine isn’t like a normal teenager, she doesn’t rebel or sulk or slam doors. She is happy, hard-working and the absolute centre of Katherine’s world.

Then an unexpected visitor changes everything for Alison, Jeff and Katherine. Fifteen years ago, someone else took Alison’s baby from the hospital. Katherine isn’t Alison’s daughter.

This is a very well-written book and a real page-turner. I really grew to understand Alison and relate to her. Even though I knew what was going to happen, because it actually said it on the front cover, I was still in bits when Alison received the terrible news about her daughter. Because I’m a parent of a 15 year old myself. What parent reading that wouldn’t put themselves in Alison’s shoes and imagine how that would feel?

Alison hates Tom, Katherine’s birth father, but gradually she realises they need to work together and slowly they form a bond as they struggle to deal with the changes in their families.

There is a twist about three-quarters of the way through the book which I really didn’t see coming. It changes the story from emotional family drama into something into else.

If you like an emotional read, with a fair few twists along the way, I can definitely recommend The Stranger in my Home. Adele Parks might have written chick-lit back in the day, but this is way better than chick-lit!

Adele Parks, The Stranger in my Home, Book review

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Eek I think I would cry too. What a traumatic thing to happen and I guess it could still (hopefully rarely) happen can’t it?

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    • Such a moving book! You would like to think it couldn’t happen with the amount of tags they put on babies these days, but who knows?

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  2. Oh I like the sound of this, just from reading your review I want to know how they deal with that situation. Definitely one to look out for, I might have to buy this next time I’m looking for a book.
    Nat.x

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    • I would definitely recommend it! A really horrible thing to have to deal with, with so many implications for both families. x

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    • It’s really good! I think I might try a couple more of her recent ones now.

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  3. You have me intrigued, I’ve not read books from this author before. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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    • I haven’t read anything by her for years and this is definitely a big step up from what I’ve read before. It’s well worth a read!

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  4. This sounds like an interesting read. I wouldn’t know what to do if this happened to me. Will have keep a look out for it for when I’m in the mood for an emotional read. Popping over from #readwithme

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    • It’s well worth a read! It does make you wonder what you would do in that situation. I think you would have to keep the daughter you’d brought up for all those years, but try to form a relationship with your birth daughter too.

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    • Thanks very much. It’s a great read 🙂

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  5. This definitely sounds like one to add to my list. I’m just trying to decide whether I agree with that snippet being on the front cover or whether I would have preferred it to come as a bombshell to the reader as well as the family #readwithme

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    • I think it would have been good not to have the snippet on the front, but maybe they needed it to sell books?!

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  6. Ooh this is an unusual premise. You have got me intrigued. Although it would be awful to make a discovery like that.
    Great review 🙂
    #readwithme

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    • It would be a terrible thing to discover! It really does get you thinking, but it’s not nice to dwell on it for too long 🙁 It’s definitely worth a read.

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  7. I have to read this. We get quite a few Adele Parks books donated to the charity shop so I’ll keep my eye for it 🙂

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    • Definitely look out for it! It’s a really gripping read.

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