Somebody's Home

Somebody's Home

3.76 (1,877 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.76 (1,877 ratings by Goodreads)

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A quiet neighborhood. A lovely home. A promising new beginning. In a heartbeat everything can change in this propulsive novel of suspense by USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda.

Julie Jones has left her suffocating marriage. With her teenage daughter, Jess, she's starting over. Their new house in Oceanside is the first step toward a new life. Even if it does come with the unexpected. The previous owners, a pastor and his wife, have left something-or rather someone-behind...

Tom Dean has a bitter hatred for the father who considers him a lost cause, and for the woman who's moved into their family's house. The only home he's ever known. He's never going to leave. She thinks he'll be gone in three days, but Tom has the perfect plan.

For a newly single mother and her daughter, a fresh start is the beginning of a nightmare. Before the weekend is over, somebody is going to get exactly what they deserve.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 294.84g
  • Thomas & Mercer
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1542026113
  • 9781542026116
  • 1,938,003

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Praise for Somebody's Home

Listed as "Best Thrillers Coming in Spring 2022" by She Reads

"Whatever the opposite of family values is, Rouda seems intent on perfecting a genre that enshrines it." -Kirkus Reviews

"Suspense and thriller readers will be on the edge of their seats for this novel that exposes the dark underbelly of human nature." -Library Journal

"There are great characters moving the story along, that sweep away the reader in this story of families, revenge and secrets." -News and Sentinel

"A truly unputdownable novel that had me gripped-and anxious-from the first sentence! Captivating, fast paced, and unsettling, Somebody's Home is astonishingly good. I gulped it down." -Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister

"Somebody's Home kept me riveted from the first page to the last. A gripping psychological thriller you don't want to miss!" -Lucinda Berry, bestselling author of The Perfect Child

"Somebody's Home starts like a hurricane out at sea: some wind, some waves, a sense of approaching danger. But the story moves fast, gains velocity, and suddenly you are turning the pages, unable to stop, heart in your throat, knowing that something terrible is going to happen and nothing will stop it. The threats come from all sides, and it's so hard to know who to trust. The characters are wonderful and complex; the setting feels like the house next door, which makes it all the more terrifying; and the ending nearly killed me. Kaira Rouda has written a terrific, gripping thriller." -Luanne Rice, bestselling author of The Shadow Box

"With an intriguing cast of characters and a killer premise, Somebody's Home is a thriller worth staying up all night for. Fast-paced and relentless, Kaira Rouda cranks up the tension with every turn of the page. With unexpected twists and jaw-dropping revelations, Rouda knows how to draw readers close and keep them entranced." -Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest

"Privilege, social disenchantment, and extreme family tensions are the threads running through this tense novel. Kaira Rouda lets us into the lives of two families and what happens when their paths cross. Gripping and fast-paced with an explosive conclusion!" -Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author

"Taut with foreboding from the first page, Kaira Rouda's Somebody's Home is an unsettling portrait of an antisocial man, a master of the universe, and the women caught between them. The rotating points of view and incisive, clear writing are sure to keep you flipping the pages until you reach the shocking conclusion!" -Katherine St. John, author of The Siren

"Trust your instincts and grab a copy of Kaira Rouda's Somebody's Home. In Rouda's latest thriller, a mother trusts her instincts when she knows the person on her property is threatening her family. But what if the threat is coming at her from all sides and more than one person is hiding a dark secret? A compulsive, fast read, Somebody's Home reveals what people will do to protect not only their homes but the families within those four walls. A captivating read." -Georgina Cross, bestselling author of The Stepdaughter

Praise for Kaira Rouda

"Rouda hits the ground running and never stops...[The Next Wife] is so much fun that you'll be sorry to see it end with a final pair of zingers. The guiltiest of guilty pleasures." -Kirkus Reviews

"This gripping psychological thriller from Rouda (The Favorite Daughter) offers a refreshing setup...Rouda keeps the reader guessing as the plot takes plenty of twists and turns. Suspense fans will get their money's worth." -Publishers Weekly

"In The Next Wife, two women go ruthlessly head-to-head. Kaira Rouda knows how to create the perfect diabolical characters that we love to hate. Equally smart and savage, this is a lightning-fast read." -Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.

"Rouda's talent for making readers question everything and everyone shines through on every page of her propulsive new thriller, The Next Wife. Her narrators are sharp and unpredictable, each one with a tangle of secrets to unravel. The Next Wife will leave you tense and gasping, with a chilling twist you won't see coming." -Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

"One of the most insidious, compulsive books I've read recently. Kaira Rouda has a way of drawing you in with great characters, fast-paced writing, and a story that won't let you go. Brilliant, dark, and dazzling." -Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It

"One man. Two wives. Kaira Rouda has masterfully created cunning twists and sharp narration that take you on an unexpected and delicious journey and will leave you with a gasp. Devious and fun, The Next Wife should be the next book you read!" -Wendy Walker, bestselling author of Don't Look for Me

"I absolutely inhaled The Next Wife. Nail-biting suspense, dark humor, and family intrigue. I savored every page and now have the worst book hangover. Loved it!" -Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of The Wife Who Knew Too Much

"No one writes deliciously devious narcissists like Kaira Rouda. The Next Wife showcases her remarkable talent for making unlikable characters alluring. With twisted egos, lavish wealth, and three women vying for power, this compelling, compulsive thriller is sharp, fun, and shocking. I was riveted by every word." -Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and #1 national bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

"Kaira Rouda has a gift for writing characters we hate. Dark and devious, The Next Wife is a fast-paced, twisty thriller that will have you laughing, shaking your head, and gasping out loud right until the end. A perfect one-sitting read." -Hannah Mary McKinnon, bestselling author of Sister Dear and You Will Remember Me

"Kaira Rouda's husband, Harley, may have recently been elected to Congress, but she isn't looking to make a name for herself just as a politician's wife...The Gone Girl-style domestic-suspense novel follows Jane, a narcissistic perfectionist dealing with the death of her daughter." -Washington Post

"[An] exceptional psychological thriller...Suspense fans will be amply rewarded." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Will hit you right in the heart." -Bustle

"Rouda delivers a wickedly perfect thriller with The Favorite Daughter." -Good Life Family Magazine

"Delightfully wicked fun!" -Kirkus Reviews

"Involving psychological suspense that reveals the cracks in what seems like a perfect life." -Booklist

"B. A. Paris and Shari Lapena fans will fall head over heels for this suspenseful psychological thriller set in an upscale Southern California community." -POPSUGAR

"Intense, creepy, and classic Rouda. A chilling story, told so well. Don't miss it!" -J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author

"Leaves you wanting more." -Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

"A smart, wickedly plotted psychological thriller brimming with dark surprises." -Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author

"Compulsively readable and deeply satisfying psychological suspense." -Cristina Alger, USA Today bestselling author of The Banker's Wife

"Alfred Hitchcock meets Patricia Highsmith in this masterful novel of psychological suspense. Quietly horrifying, tightly wound, and diabolical, The Favorite Daughter is a stunning page-turner." -A. J. Banner, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and #1 Amazon bestselling author

"Crafty, unsparing, and gloriously Hitchcockian-a masterful glimpse into a world of privilege and appearance with a nasty edge." -Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls and Every Single Secret

"Both compelling and addictive, The Favorite Daughter is a roller coaster of a ride that will have you twisting and turning." -Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of Girls' Night Out

"A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page." -Publishers Weekly

"This latest psychological thriller from bestselling Rouda is destined to fly off the shelves, enticing readers to ride along as this multifaceted day in the life of the Stroms unfolds." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Darkly funny, scandalous, and utterly satisfying." -Kirkus Reviews
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About Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is a multiple award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction that explores what goes on beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives. Her novels of domestic suspense include The Next Wife, The Favorite Daughter, Best Day Ever, and All the Difference. To date, Kaira's work has been translated into more than ten languages. She lives in Southern California with her family and is working on her next novel. For more information, visit
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Rating details

3.76 out of 5 stars
- 1,877 ratings
5 28% (529)
4 35% (649)
3 26% (481)
2 9% (162)
1 3% (56)
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