• The Stranger in My Bed

  • By: Karen King
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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 Freya is packing her bags, knowing it’s time she escaped their increasingly broken marriage.

But then Freya gets a visit from the police. Phil’s been in a horrific car crash and - as he comes around - it becomes clear that he remembers nothing since their blissful honeymoon two years before, back when their relationship was perfect. All he wants is to be happily married again.

Freya knows giving him another chance could be dangerous. But now he’s the one who needs her, it’s a chance to turn the tables and to change the outcome of their relationship once and for all. After all, he will know only what she chooses to tell him....

But what really happened during those two years of marriage? And as they start over again, who is safe? And whose life is in danger?

Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors, and Date Night will love The Stranger in My Bed.

©2020 Karen King (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

What listeners say about The Stranger in My Bed

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Sucked

I am so tired of books on this site advertising themselves as psychological thriller and twisty and if you liked gone girl… This book sucks just like almost every other mystery and thriller on this site. I feel like they just pump out books to have titles in their library without thinking of the quality. Don’t waste your time or money or credit on this title

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Tired of weak female protagonists

This book isn’t “bad” but if you are tired of weak, pathetic female protagonist characters like I am... pick something else.

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Very Entertaining

Wasn’t sure I was going to like it at the beginning, but I am glad I stuck it out. It soon picked up and the twists and turns continued all the way through to the very last sentence.

When you finish a book and “Wow” is what you’re thinking several hours later, you know it was a good one.

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No suspense at all!

Very dull and repetitive and not even a tiny surprise at the end. Narration was good though.

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Marital Secrets???

Great storyline. Filled with multiple ‘who did its’, lies, abuse, amnesia, suspense and surprises. Could not put this one down. Narrator did a good job!

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A surprisingly good listen 🎧

Karen King is a new author to me. I didn’t know I was going to enjoy it at all.

The story is about Freya and Phil, who have been married just over two years, things haven't always been a bed of roses between them. With their 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 around he has no recollection of the last two years of their marriage. Can Freya forgive him and put it all behind her and start again? My first thought as Freya goes back through the abusive marriage is that she was mad to stay with such a manipulative person and time and again he abused, she cried, he apologised, she forgave but love isn't as simple as that… I guess you’ve to listen to the book to know more.

I really enjoyed it and the narrator did a good job too.

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Good story

Good story but I got frustrated how author repeated details over and over and over.

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  • Em
  • 03-28-22

Repetitive whiner. Boring

If this had been a paper book, I would have given up trying to read it. I listened to the audio book and gave up twice, before finally deciding to stick with it. I was honestly fed up, of hearing the same phrases repeated over and again. The tone of the female character was whining, with little change in delivery to counter balance the pathetic way she examined her thoughts and reactions. The husband did the same thing, which is a stultifying way to fill up a book. It is just constant repetition of the same thoughts.
It was all one long miserable tale from beginning to end. No characters were sympathetically or well drawn. Even the victim had little to offer, other than an unbelievably childish view on life and love. Could anyone be that stupid? This could have made a great story in the hands of a talented writer. If repetitions were removed it would be 50 pages long. Very disappointing. I will not read this 'author' again and do not recommend that you do.

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  • Lisa
  • 03-27-22

Suspenseful

You're never sure of the truth, just when you think you know there's a spanner thrown in the works.

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  • hollie
  • 04-06-21

Returned after 30 mins

I only lasted 30 minutes, between it being badly written and the over acted narration, I just couldn’t wait to get it returned. I usually have a rule of 2 hours before I return, but this was one of the worst half hours I’ve heard. The story sounded good from the blurb... but also the reviews said it was predictable from the start and if that’s the case I have already got an idea of the ending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-21

Predictable but entertaining

I really enjoyed listening to the narrator and I liked how the author created suspense and mystery.
However it was all just too predictable and not long after we was introduced to the sister, I already knew the direction the story was going in.
And I don't really understand why the author choose to build up the story like this, because from the get go we already knew the dynamic of thier relationship.
It would have been better if we didn't initially know who was the abusive one.
So while Phil was trying to discover the truth, the readers would also be questioning who to believe and trust.
The only thing I didn't see coming was the slight twist at the end.

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  • s horne
  • 01-04-21

Good storyline

I liked the storyline a lot, I predicted the ending pretty much from the start but I didn't mind that. I found the narrator quite irritating, the tones of voice she used for characters weren't great and she made freyer seem whining all of the time. The Birmingham accent was terrible that should have been researched with people actually from there!!

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  • Nicks
  • 12-16-20

Just too long

I feel there was about 1.5hrs added to the story to bring it up to the minimum length of 7hrs. However nothing new was introduced and it keep going with same old theme for longer than necessary. But I did keep listening to find out what would happen, so maybe that's an above average rating for the story in that case.

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  • Miss Z Smith
  • 11-28-20

Predictable and a little boring

Wasn’t the best or the worst. Quite a basic premise but kept me listening throughout

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  • bethy
  • 12-21-20

poorly written prdictaboliry

I felt the story line very predictable, and that formula was well over used. the overall writing in as far as rhe descriptive went, needs work.