Anna Lange's son was kidnapped when he was 11 years old. But now, he is found and back home - a quiet, sullen teenager. The homecoming is hardly what she anticipated. What happened to him? What is causing the nightmares? Anna's family is falling apart now and unknown to any of them, Paul is in more danger than he ever was.
A tense thriller which makes for a good read.
Reading the back cover got me really interedted but the character of the mother annoyed me so much I couldn't even finish the book.
Great book about a son who is kidnapped then returned 11 years later -but has the trauma changed him?
great read,a page turner till the end.
Great mystery - will keep you guessing till the very end.
5 stars - In Connecticut, pregnant Anna Lange plays outside with her son Paul when her ailing daughter Tracy cries out from inside the house. Anna leaves Paul outside as she enters her house. When she goes back outside Paul is gone.
Eleven years later, Anna is the only one that still believes Paul lives. Her husband Tom and Tracy gave up hope years ago. The disappearance destroyed family relationships.
Police Detective Buddy Ferrano informs Anna that Paul has been found in West Virginia. Albert and Dorothy Rambo raised him, but the woman just died, but not before confiding in her minister about Paul. Anna is elated while Tom is stunned and Tracy is angry. Rambo is not happy either as he is on the lam living out of garbage cans. The quartet face similar questions as to how will each family member react to the change in relational dynamics, what happened eleven years ago, and where does the allegedly dangerous Rambo fit in all this?
Fans of taut suspense stories will appreciate STRANGER IN THE HOUSE. The tale is at its best when each member of the Langes including Paul struggle with his return in different ways; thus each member of the quartet has a unique personality. Patricia MacDonald delivers a very strong novel that readers will welcome.
Another great one by MacDonald.
A quick read. Lots of twists and turns. Definitely keeps you interested.
I read this back in 80's when I was still a kid and remember thinking it was very creepy. Wonder if I'd still think so now?
a son disappeared and was found alive and well 11 years later. the family gets their son back and are so happy. but things start going bad for the family. this is a great book.
An older book from MacDonald which was every bit as good as her later work. Kept me on edge of seat throughout!
I can't believe anyone actually liked this book. I felt it was just plain ridiculous for many reasons. I suppose it was interesting enough to cause me to finish it, but even after I was done, I was left thinking, "What did I just read?!"
The story line was totally unbelievable in my opinion. The ending seemed abrupt, as though the author was just trying to find a way to end the nonsense. I think the idea of the book seemed intriguing, but the concept wasn't very well put together. A reference to the Backstreet Boys threw me off a bit, for the (original) publication date was 1983 (the Backstreet Boys were established roughly 10 years later). Perhaps this book was originally published in the 1980s and the author tried to update the book to be a bit more current, but nowadays with cell phones and the internet, I'd say this book was way too dated to be believable.
All in all this book was just too odd for me to enjoy it.
book has never been read, can't leave review