Strangers, C. L. Taylor: Book Review

If you’re after an unpredictable, on the edge of your seat thriller, look no further than Strangers by C. L. Taylor. A big yes to this book!

The plot:

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 ending was incredible

This story!!!!!!! It genuinely exhausted me when I’d read it, in the best way possible. A real rollercoaster read. I’ve read quite a few of this authors’ books and have several others on my shelf waiting to be read, but this is Taylor’s best yet.

I don’t know how she does it, but every time you think she’s come out with her best thriller yet, she tops it with her next book.

The plot behind Strangers was fantastic and strangely, had some parts with a nice message to it. Each chapter has a different character’s story, which I really enjoyed. There are, in true Taylor fashion, chapters with cliff-hangery twists, and then you have to wait a few chapters to find out what happens, making it impossible to put down.

Although there are a lot of characters to follow, especially those who don’t have a chapter heading, it’s not a difficult read. More Agatha Christie, where you have to keep your eye on everyone.

The ending was incredible and very fast-paced; in fact, the whole book was super-fast-paced. Because there were a few different stories to follow, there was never a dull moment. I don’t think it was as thriller-y as Sleep (my review here), as that was definitely much tenser, whereas with this it’s more ‘what the f is going to happen’ and why!

I don’t know how I feel about one small aspect – it just felt a little unnecessary, and when you’ve seen this done before, it was just unneeded in my opinion. It’s not knocked the 5-star rating, and I think many other readers might appreciate it!

Taylor’s very much a manipulative author – you really can’t trust the next page which will come. One minute you might think one character’s acting a bit strange, the next you like them. She even has to get that one last word in. I LOVE IT.

For fans of Cara Hunter. Check out my review for C. L. Taylor’s The Fear here.

Strangers, C. L. Taylor, RRP £12.99 (hardback); Book Depository 

Pages: 328

Publisher: Avon

Genre: Thriller

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