Review: Strangers (C.L. Taylor)
“We all have secrets. Most are guilty, a few are wretched and some are too precious to share.”
Author: C.L. Taylor
Genre: Psychological thriller
Page Count: 400
Published: 2 April 2020
Plot: (6.5 / 10) Characters: (8.0 / 10) Ending: (7.0 / 10)
Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.
Ursula feels like she killed the love of her life. Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards. 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.
I absolutely love C.L. Taylor’s books, I’ve read all her thrillers and was so happy when I was approved to read Strangers.
This story was a bit of a slow burner for me. It follows the three main characters throughout alternating chapters. Ursula is in mourning, and has a shoplifting habit, Alice is a single mother, working as a shop manager and trying her hand at internet dating, and Gareth is a security guard at a shopping centre who cares for his mother who has dementia.
Each of their lives are unraveling, and while the reader learns fairly early on how they are all connected, I was curious to see how they would all come together, and who was behind it all. I really liked Ursula and Gareth, but found Alice so irritating, particularly the way she was with Simon. I felt like her storyline took over a bit, and I wish there could have been a bit more to Gareth’s storyline.
There is a kind of subplot about a possible killer in Bristol which is told primarily through tweets. I found myself getting a little confused with this and couldn’t work out how it all fitted in.
There are plenty of twists and turns throughout the story, and as usual, C.L. Taylor manages to tie everything together nicely at the end. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I hadn’t read all her other stories, which set the bar very high! The final twist in the story was great, and I absolutely didn’t see it coming.
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