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The Stranger

Translated by Imogen Taylor

She doesn’t know him. But he knows everything about her.

Philip Petersen, a wealthy businessman, disappears without trace on a trip to South America. His wife, Sarah, is left to bring up their son on her own.

Seven years later, out of the blue, Sarah receives news that Philip is still alive. But the man who greets her before a crowd of journalists at the airport is a stranger—and he threatens Sarah. If she exposes him, she will lose everything: her house, her job, her son…her whole beautiful life.


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Melanie Raabe
About the Author

Melanie Raabe grew up in Thuringia, Germany, and attended the Ruhr University Bochum, where she specialised in media studies and literature. After graduating, she moved to Cologne to work as a journalist by day and secretly write books by night. Her two previous novels, The Trap and The Stranger, are international bestsellers.

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About the Translator

Imogen Taylor is literary translator based in Berlin who also translated Fear, Twins and The Missing by Dirk Kurbjuweit. Her translation of Sasha Marianna Salzmann’s Beside Myself was shortlisted for the 2021 Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize and the Schlegel-Tieck Prize 2020. More recent work includes Alfred Döblin’s Two Women and a...

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2 October 2017
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Suspense & Mystery, Mistaken Identity, Threatening Stranger
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Praise for Melanie Raabe
andThe Stranger

‘The fear is palpable…You’ll be engrossed every step of the way.’

‘Raabe cleverly sets up her story, inserting twists and red herrings so that the reader is kept guessing until the final, staggering reveal. Flawlessly translated from German by Imogen Taylor, this page turner is even better than Raabe’s debut.’

‘Another unsettling and slippery psychological thriller that keeps you guessing up to the last page.’ 

‘Full of suspense, right up to the final paragraphs…An edgy thriller.’

‘Raabe once again delivers an enjoyable, page-turning, high concept domestic noir thriller.’

‘This psychological thriller will keep you guessing until the end.’

‘A classic domestic noir…Generates sustained psychological suspense that gets under the skin.’

‘After the initial suspense the novel cascades into an edgy thriller and the end is sweet and innocent and left a tear in my eye.’

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  • The Stranger
    ISBN: 9781925410402
    2 October 2017
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