About this book
The Stranger Upstairs
He calls himself your husband. But you’re the only one who knows the truth.
Several years ago, your husband, and the father of your young son, disappeared. Since then, you’ve dreamt of his return; railed against him for leaving you alone; grieved for your marriage; and, finally, vowed to move on.
One morning, the phone rings. When you answer, a voice at the other end tells you your husband’s on a plane bound for home, and that you’ll see him tomorrow. You’ve imagined this reunion countless times. Of course you have. But nothing has prepared you for the reality. For the moment you realise you don’t know this man.
Because he isn’t your husband; he’s a complete stranger -- and he’s coming home with you. Even worse, he seems to know about something very bad you once did -- something no one else could possibly know about . . . Could they?
From Melanie Raabe, the author of The Trap, The Stranger Upstairs is another dazzling, dizzying psychological thriller guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very last page.
All hell breaks loose: a storm of flashes, pushing and shoving, shouts, cameras pointing at me, photographers calling my name. The stranger reaches out and presses me to him. I gasp and try to back away, but he doesn’t let go.
It isn’t that Philip was tall and strong, while this man is hardly bigger than me — nor is it the beard that covers his cheeks. It isn’t even the strange way in which he moves.
It is his eyes, which lack all warmth. The hair on my neck stands on end.
THAT. IS. NOT. PHILIP.
About the Author
MELANIE RAABE began her working life as a journalist but secretly wrote books by night. Her debut novel, The Trap, was published in twenty countries and became an international bestseller. Her second, The Stranger Upstairs, remained on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for almost six months when it was first published in 2016. She lives in Cologne, Germany.
Awards and Praise
PRAISE FOR THE STRANGER UPSTAIRS:
“Full of suspense, right up to the final paragraphs . . . An edgy thriller.” — AU Review
“Another unsettling and slippery psychological thriller that keeps you guessing up to the last page.” — Readings
“A classic domestic noir . . . Generates sustained psychological suspense that gets under the skin.” — Age
“The fear is palpable . . . You’ll be engrossed every step of the way.” — Better Reading
“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 debut.” — BookMooch
“Raabe once again delivers an enjoyable, page-turning, high concept domestic noir thriller.” — PS News
“This psychological thriller will keep you guessing until the end.” — Daily Life
PRAISE FOR THE TRAP:
“The Trap is a page-turner. It’s clever, devious, and driven, and twists the reader inside out until it reaches a terrific ending. What a great start to a writing career for Melanie Raabe.” — Ian Hamilton, author of the Ava Lee novels
“A fast twisty read for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.” — Booklist
“Intricately constructed . . . nicely done twists and turns.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Suspenseful . . . taut storytelling.” — Publishers Weekly
“You won’t be able to resist.” — Elle UK
“The Trap had me hooked from the start. Linda’s story unravels so cleverly, and Raabe keeps you questioning what’s fact and what’s not right to the end, ratcheting up the tension at the same time . . . A genuinely gripping debut: I had to keep reading until I was finished!” — Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You
“A page-turner with a plot that surprises . . . The storm that The Trap generates is as big as its charm.” — Die Welt (Germany)
“A smart and enthralling psychological thriller . . . splendidly entertaining.” — WDR (Germany)
“A fascinating psychological thriller.” — Bild (Germany)