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The Stranger in My Home: I thought she was my daughter. I was wrong

I thought she was my daughter. I was wrong.
Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Stranger in My Home is the utterly compelling new contemporary novel from Adele Parks, Sunday Times best-selling author of The State We're In, sure to move, grip and delight her fans along with readers of Liane Moriarty, Jane Shemilt and Lisa Jewell.

When you have everything you dreamed of, there is everything to lose.

Alison is lucky, and she knows it. She has the life she always craved, including a happy home with Jeff and their brilliant, vivacious teenage daughter, Katherine - the absolute centre of Alison's world. Then a knock at the door ends life as they know it.

Fifteen years ago someone else took Alison's baby from the hospital. And now Alison is facing the unthinkable. Her daughter belongs to someone else. What would you do if you discovered your beloved child is not yours?

©2016 Adele Parks (P)2016 Headline Digital

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I'm really struggling to get through this one ...

I am more than halfway through this book and don't understand how it's a bestseller? The concept is quite interesting but the main character couldn't be any more boring or unlikeable - so self focussed and unattractively obsessed with her daughter. I'd hate to be living in her head with her thoughts which I feel like I am as the book is from her perspective. She has almost zero concern/interest for her biological daughter which seems quite unrealistic to me as a mother.

The narration is just as boring and I find it distracting when the female narrator tries to (badly) put on male character voices.

Perhaps this book is better read rather than listened to as it wouldn't take so long and the narration wouldn't detract from the story.

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satisfying in the end

dragged on a bit in parts but good conclusion in last few chapters, surprising towards the end

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Better than I was expecting

The psychology of being a parent and how our past affects our present.
I started this book with trepidation, I thought it was going to be about court battles over babies, but was pleasantly surprised to find there was no court at all! I actually quite enjoyed it, and although I wasn't particularly surprised by the twist I was sucked in by the drama of it and couldn't put it down towards the end.
Worth a read - not too heavy, not too light!

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  • lisa jane fox
  • 16-03-2017

Tedious

For me this book was a bore . Too much detail , every incident was drawn out to the full . I was relieved to finish it.

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  • Sarah Kennett
  • 14-02-2017

Enjoyable storyline but badly researched

I really enjoyed this book, but it was ruined by totally incorrect information regarding BRCA mutations. The 15 year old Katherine was tested for a BRCA mutation. Firstly under 18's aren't allowed to be tested as it isn't seen as ethical, and secondly they would have asked for the actual mutation her birth mother had, not just blindly test for a a mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene. The Narrator also wrongly spelled the letters out rather that pronounce it 'bracka' This kind of information could be easily obtained by a quick google!

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  • Miss C.
  • 08-12-2016

On and on and on. !!!

This book just goes on and on and on and on about the most mind numbing inconsequential detail. It's like a drone that doesn't stop.The actual story could be good,but the book should be about 2 hundred page shorter.ive never experienced this kind of ridiculous detail,ever. The sort of detail that has nothing to do with the story. ie. Talking about radio 1 djs endless rubbish about hairstyles. Random and bizarre. Boring twoddle

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  • rachael
  • 24-02-2017

Slow to start...

But turned into a nice story with a lovely ending. Unexpected twist. I would recommend although maybe a bit long

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  • Sarah
  • 05-01-2017

Disappointing

The beginning of the story was quite promising but it got worse and worse. I kept persevering for the big twist, but wish I hadn't. Probably the worse book I have downloaded

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  • alexandra
  • 31-12-2016

nicely paced

Nice pace.. you wonder where it's going and then BAM ! This is a real treat.

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  • Emily
  • 12-04-2017

Poor story and poor narrating

Ridiculous story line that really dragged and the twist wasn't much of a twist. The voices of the different characters overlapped such that it wasn't possible to distinguish who was who.

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  • N. J. Sedgwick
  • 03-04-2017

Amazing

Compelling story likeable characters and I loved the twist, I really didn't see that coming.

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  • K
  • 26-03-2017

Took a while to get into

Would you try another book written by Adele Parks or narrated by Rachel Atkins?

Maybe

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Very slow start, main character is so anoying, almost gave up. Gets better in the later chapters if you can stick with it.

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  • kezza
  • 07-07-2020

Plenty of twists and turns.

I really enjoyed this book and there were a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. I listened to it on audible over a couple of days. Quite a long book, but enjoyable just the same. After an mix up in the hospital, a mam appears on the doorstep years later. The information he has blows two families worlds apart.