A family trapped. A psychopath on the loose. Let the game begin…
What could be more innocent than going on a family holiday?
As a family drive along a quiet country lane on their way to the airport, they meet a stranger standing alone in the middle of the road.
Steering them along another path, he tells the driver, Ben, that a tree has fallen and there’s no way through.
But as they make their way along the diverted route, they come across a coach blocking the road.
Getting out of the car Ben goes to investigate and is horrified to find the passengers tied to their seats.
Then a discarded phone starts to ring…
If Ben calls the police, everyone on board will die.
Let the horrific game begin…
Stuart James is also the bestselling author of Apartment 6 and the award-winning The House On Rectory Lane. Stranded is a gripping and twisty psychological thriller which fans of authors like Mark Edwards, Teresa Driscoll Rachel Abbott and are sure to love.
Without a doubt this is one of those stories where the less you know before going in the better!
This is such a hard review to write as there is so much I want to say but can’t as it would give to much away. What I will say is that nothing is straight forward as it seems. There were so many questions running through my head when Ben and his family come across the coach with passengers in it. Why had the coach come to a halt in the middle of nowhere? Who and why were the people tied up on board? Over the course of the story we get to find out and holy moly, what an absolute thrill fest of a ride!
Stranded is one phenomenal thriller that left me reeling so many times. Countless twists and turns meant I had to keep taking short breathers to take in the shock of what I had just read but yet desperate to carry on to see what other horrors awaited me and boy are there plenty. The author just kept on delivering, right up until the very last page. A cross between horror/psychological thriller, this is a story you will want to read with the lights on. Be prepared to have nightmares!
My thanks to Bloodhound books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.
I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.
My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.
This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.
I started writing three years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane which has just won The International Book Award in horror fiction. I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.
To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness. That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.
My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way, which was a world wide number 1 best seller and stayed at number 1 for 19 weeks in the US.
I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.
My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year and was a number 1 hot new release on Amazon for 4 weeks.
Stranded goes on pre-order Monday October 12th on Amazon and is released October 19th.
I’m 47, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.