Strangers by C.L. Taylor

July 10, 2020

 

The Blurb:

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

STRANGERS: NOW A TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER

‘Fast-paced and satisfying’ DAILY MAIL
‘I was glued from start to finish!’ SHARI LAPENA

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.

 

 

About C.L. Taylor:

 

C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of seven gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 - THE ACCIDENT
2015 - THE LIE
2016 - THE MISSING
2017 - THE ESCAPE
2018 - THE FEAR
2019 - SLEEP
2020 - STRANGERS

She has also written two Young Adult thrillers, THE TREATMENT, which was published by HarperCollins HQ and THE ISLAND, which will be published in January 2021.

C.L. Taylor's books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 25 languages and optioned for TV. 

SLEEP won the 'best ebook' award in the Amazon Publishing Readers' Awards. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books 'Hidden Depths' award for the Most Unreliable Narrator. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the 'Pageturner' category.

Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014. She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.

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My Review:

 

It has occasionally been a fanciful idea of mine, whilst walking through crowded streets, or on the tube (pre-lockdown), to select random strangers and find out what their stories are. I believe that each one of them would have a story to tell, but in reality would not wish to tell it. We all have secrets.
'Strangers', a novel by Cally Taylor, has created three different people, each of them perhaps lonely and each of them concurrently losing control over their lives and routine and under some sort of threat. The author has artfully linked them together by extraordinary means.
We follow Alice, a boutique manageress, Ursula a courier, and Gareth a security manager, and how their parallel lives are being compromised in different ways, undermining their safety and well-being. None of these three people know each other, but they all come together in a climatic ending.
Each of the characters had more than one story going on in their lives, each aspect being relevant to the plot. In a nutshell, there are absolutely no dull moments in this book. A gripping story that will not allow the reader's mind to wander elsewhere.

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