Today, I’m really excited to be sharing the prologue for Karen King’s amazing novel The Stranger in my Bed! Buy links are at the bottom because I know you’re going to want to snap this one up as soon as you’ve finished reading!
I watch as he strides down the path, pressing the remote to unlock his car as he walks. He gets into the driver’s seat, then he’s off, speeding down the road. He shouldn’t be speeding, not with the state of those brakes. But he thinks he’s safe; he doesn’t know that he’s not.
I follow him, wanting to see it happen with my own eyes, wanting to see him dead. He deserves to die. He’s a bully, a cheat, scum. He doesn’t know that I know about him, know all the awful things he’s done.
He’s heading down the hill now and the lights are changing. I know he won’t be able to stop in time. I can imagine his panic as he stamps down on the brake pedal and finds that it doesn’t work, that he can’t stop his descent down the hill, can’t stop as a lorry emerges out of the side road. I pull over and watch as the lorry smashes into the side of his car. I hope the lorry driver is okay. I don’t want anyone else to get hurt.
I hope he dies.
Are you gripped? I am! Want to know more? Here’s the blurb:
‘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 only know 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 who are looking for a dark, gripping psychological thriller, with a final twist that will leave their jaw on the floor, will love The Stranger in My Bed.
Karen King was born in Birmingham and has always enjoyed reading and writing. She’s been published for over thirty years, in a variety of genres for both children and adults. She loves writing about the complexities of relationships. She is published by Bookouture and Headline. Her first three books for Bookouture were romances where relationships came right, she has turned to the darker side of relationships for her next two books, writing two psychological thrillers about relationships that go badly wrong. Karen now lives in Spain where she loves to spend her non-writing time exploring the quaint local towns with her husband, Dave, when she isn’t sunbathing or swimming in the pool, that is.