Review: STRANGERS by Ursula Archer and Arno Strobel

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Thank you so much to Minotaur Books for providing my free copy. 


Trust or die.

Imagine you’re home alone. Suddenly a man stands before you. He claims to be your fiancé. But you have no idea who he is. And nothing in your home suggests that someone lives with you. He’s talking to you, but nothing makes sense. You’re afraid. And you feel the irresistible urge to attack. Take a knife. Are you crazy?

Imagine you come home and your fiancée doesn’t recognize you. She thinks you’re a burglar. Worse, a rapist. You just want to protect her, but she defends herself against your perceived threat and barricades herself behind a door. She claims she’s never seen you before. She obviously thinks you’re crazy. Are you?

A woman. A man. The more they try to understand the situation, the more confusing it becomes. Soon they must realize that they are in deadly danger. And there’s only one chance for survival: they must trust each other.

“And, for the first time, the thought crosses my mind that maybe the person who’s lost their mind isn’t Joanna, but me.” 

My Review: 

This was an odd duck of a book. The things I loved about this book would’ve easily made it a five star read but what I didn’t like dropped the rating down significantly.

Here’s what I loved: the writing style. The structure of the novel included alternating points of view from Joanna and Erik and it is SO compelling. Yes, they are of the same situation from different perspectives, but that is the best part. I could not wait to read what happened next! The character development is exquisitely done and I felt that fear and paranoia the author was going for. The author does a great job writing a story where you can not figure out who or if anyone is lying—it is so well done.

The issue I have is with the ending, which of course affects the central plot line. It felt as if the story went from A to Z without touching the letters in between. I was enjoying the book, going along, then boom… awkward ending. I can’t tell you why because it would spoil the book, but it seemed very cliche and a bit out of place. And here’s the thing: I like the book. I just didn’t love it. I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced thriller; seriously, I read this in one sitting. Despite the flaws, I would definitely read another book by this author.

I rate this book 3 / 5 stars!

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