Book Review : Strangers by C. L. Taylor

I have read C. L. Taylor before aaaaand I’m just curious about this one!


Genre : Thriller, Mystery
Page : 334 pages
Published : 2nd April 2020


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.


Where should I start?

I have mixed review about this book actually.

I have read C. L. Taylor’s books twice before. I love the first one a lot but I do not find the second read to be charming.

And now I’m quite curious to read this one.

For the beginning, I have a great start. Immediate love for the book because it’s gripping the moment I read the introductory chapters. And that is what I need right now. A gripping and thrilling read.

However, as fast as the thrill came, it’s gone as fast as the wind too. This is the book where they tease readers in the beginning, promising something exciting will come out in the end and soon after all that went back into calm zone. Where readers are being introduced to the characters.

I’m okay with that and I like it a lot to know more about the characters. But I think it stayed too long in the calm zone. Despite thriller, I think I’m reading too much about the characters. There are a lot of gripping mystery or in my opinion, build-up mystery but whenever one new mystery comes up, this book take another two steps down by describing more about the characters life rather than talking or doing something with the mystery.

Well, that’s my opinion. Truly. I don’t think you’re going to feel that way since I know there are a thousands of positive reviews about this book. Perhaps it’s just me too. I do not know why but this past month, I’m getting picky regarding my mystery read *perhaps I’m getting old*

Moving on.

The good thing about this book is it’s not predictable. I mean, sure, I made assumptions and stuff but I was wrong anyway. It has a lot of surprising factors inside but beware to the very last chapter of the book. B L O W N   A W A Y.

But I’m not that excited to be honest. It’s a surprising read but I think I stayed too long in the calm zone I stated above which made everything about this book underwhelming for me. I couldn’t stand and start to skip a lot unimportant details about what’s the characters’ doing right now.

Here’s another thing I’m not sure if it’s okay to share. At first, I think the story might be about three different lives, living peacefully, until they felt some stalkers creep them out (for their dark secrets) and for some reason, mystery and link, they met, surprised three of them are being stalked (probably by the same person) and start to form a plan for it.

I know the blurb are quite different in context but I got that idea the moment I read the print in the book.

THEY KNOW

YOU.

BUT YOU

DON’T KNOW

THEM….

Made sense if I made my own assumptions right? *please said yes*

Anyway.

I got too excited for the book, thinking my assumption is true and I’m quite sad when it’s not even as gripping as what the blurb promised *again, I’m quite picky these days*

But I love the twist and turn in this book. Besides, it has thousands of great review regarding this book and I’m obviously in minority regarding this one. So, I think it’s fairly okay for you to read this book. Who knows it’ll be one of your favourites of the year?

Author: Celine

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