Strangers by C.L. Taylor @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK

Book Description:

The Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club author of Sleep returns with her most gripping book yet.

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.
 
Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.
 
The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.

My Thoughts:

This is an author who can’t put a foot wrong in my eyes. I have read and enjoyed all of her books and will go as far as saying that this is her best one yet.

As the title suggests, the story centres on three characters who arn’t even aware the other exists until one evening, when they all find themselves together. All are very different and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them all better.

Ursuala was probably one of my favourites. Being tall myself, although not as tall as this character, I really felt for her. Since a tragedy in her past, she does whatever she needs to do to get by. This doesn’t win her any favours and although she has enough to deal with in her own personal life, she can’t help but try and help others also.

Alice and Gareth have also got stuff going on in their personal lives, Gareth with his mum who suffers with dementia and Alice who is trying to find love again. They are all relatable characters whose lives I couldn’t help but get absorbed into. Whilst this is without a doubt a psychological thriller, the author made me care about these characters and I found some parts quite tender. One particular thread definitely pulled on my heart strings.

This is a story that the less said about it the better. I love how the author interweaves these three characters lives, bringing them all together. The tension and pacing towards the end was just brilliant and had me on the edge of my seat, nearly falling off it at the end with the revelations.

Strangers is a taut and addictive read that I devoured in one day. It was just to compulsive for me to put down as I had to know where the story was going. It is definitely one of the cleverest reads I’ve read in a while in this genre. Definitely my new favourite books by the author and I will be recommending it to everyone who will listen. Would give it more than 5 stars if I could.

My thanks to NetGalley and Avon for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Strangers is available to purchase from Amazon.

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