Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict has a new novel out and it’s dark and mysterious; Kerry Hammond is here with her review.

The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict was released on February 5, in Hardcover, by Mulholland Books. Laura Benedict is an author that hasn’t been on my radar until now. Since I love to try new authors, I was all in.

In The Stranger Inside, we meet Kimber Hannon. Kimber comes back from a company retreat to find that someone is occupying her home; the locks have been changed and she can no longer enter. The crazy thing is that the guy who is living there has a lease with her signature on it. The police warn her off and she has to find a place to stay while she figures out who the heck is living in her house and why he is pretending that she agreed to the arrangement.

Talk about an unusual set-up for a novel. Benedict creates a strange, yet believable story of deception and obsession, with some family secrets peppered in for good measure. My first foray into the author’s world was wildly successful. I thoroughly enjoyed The Stranger Inside. I found Kimber to be quite the character and saying that she is flawed is an understatement. She is an extremely complex, and slightly unlikeable person, yet I found myself behind her all the way. Kudos to an author who can portray a character to be true to life and slightly reprehensible, yet get her readers to continue reading just to see them prevail. Great read and highly recommended.

This book was provided to Mystery Playground by the publisher. The review was fair and completely independent.

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