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 is 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.
My thoughts on Strangers by C. L. Taylor
I’ve been a fan of C. L. Taylor ever since I read The Escape back in 2017. I really like the way she writes, and the way she slowly builds the tension until you feel ready to burst, needing to know just what’s coming next. The Strangers is no exception. You know bad things are going to happen from pretty much the first page; just how bad they are, however, is yet to be seen.
Here, it’s seeing how the lives of three strangers are intertwined. Despite all three having flaws (especially Ursula!), I liked all three and worried about what might in store for them. Saying that, there were times when Alice annoyed me – I couldn’t quite get a bead on who she was and I wanted to know a bit more about her background to help fill in the blanks. I’m sure that background led her to behave in certain ways, it just wasn’t quite clear enough for me.
I also felt a bit uncertain about the ending. I liked how dramatic it was, how high the tension had been ratcheted. However, I also wasn’t completely convinced by how everyone and everything came together. It was, for me, a little too pat. Did it ruin the book for me? No. Did it mean I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of C. L. Taylor’s other books? Maybe.
Note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.