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    A strong, well-crafted thriller

    Having really enjoyed C L Taylor’s other books such as Sleep and The Fear I was excited to receive the ARC for Strangers. I really enjoy that all of Taylor’s books that I have read all feel different – she doesn’t seem to get stuck in her comfort zone and keep to the same theme or writing style and Strangers is no exception. Told from the perspective of three strangers, we meet Gareth - the aging security guard with a mother suffering from dementia, Ursula – the kleptomaniac delivery driver who has been kicked out of her flat and Alice who seems to have acquired a stalker after a disastrous blind date. Each chapter focus’ on a different character but these are not necessarily rotated in a particular order, just whichever story needs the most attention which works well. Each chapter also seemed to have an underlying sinister and unsettling air which compelled me to keep reading to find out how they were all connected. I really enjoyed reading about each of the characters, they are well-developed and I empathised with each of them. Although they all end up winding through to a conclusion together at the end, their storylines are still very standalone. I was actually a touch disappointed with how they linked together, not giving away any spoilers of course, but the blurb had led me to believe they were perhaps more linked than they actually were in the end. I really enjoyed the last chapter though which turned everything on his head. Overall, this is another strong, well-crafted thriller from C L Taylor and I look forward to reading more from her in future. Thank you to NetGalley & Avon Books UK for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Three strangers, what brings them to

    WOW, what an absolutely engrossing read, with some brilliant characters, relatable, some likeable and believable. The story begins with Alice Fletcher saying she had never seen a dead body before. The end of the prologue is that the group agree it was self defence. But what was? Who is dead? How? Why? Alice is mum to Emily she spent a lot of her life in an abusive marriage, now her daughter and work colleagues are encouraging her to go on dates again, to start living life. Unfortunately, her first date wasn’t the best, he turned up drunk and then tried to assault her, she had made her escape. A man called Simon had chased after her with her purse, to which she was grateful, she ends up on a date with Simon, but his behaviour is a little odd. What isn’t he telling her? She has messages on Facebook from someone known as Ann Friend warning her to stay away from him, ignoring the warning after another date she is walked back to her car to find YOU’RE NOT LISTENING scratched onto it. Ursula, had lost the love of her life, this has led to her having a breakdown whilst teaching, which she ended up giving up and is now trying to manage by delivering parcels, but it doesn’t pay well, she gets kicked out of her accommodation that she lived in with a friend because she had stolen some bits, something she had started doing after she lost her partner. She feels invisible, so doesn’t think people will miss little trinkets, or other things. She ends up renting a room in a house with a strange man Edward, with some strange rules and habits. What does he have in his basement? Gareth works as a security guard he watches CCTV monitors watching the local shopping centre. He lives with his mum who has dementia and needs 24 hour care, she refuses to go into a home. His father had left the house twenty years earlier and had not been seen since. The story is told through the eyes of these three characters, but what links them all, as non of them know the other, there are many other characters within the story as everything unfolds, and with each chapter the tension ratchets up a notch. Bringing everything to a brilliantly plotted ending. I found myself believing one thing to then get thrown in a different direction, so many great twists and turns that you just don’t see coming, and so well written. I loved this book. I would like to thank #netgalley and #Avon for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
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    Unputdownable!

    Once again, C.L. Taylor had me turning the pages at lightning speed and sitting on the edge of my seat during this gripping and sensational read. Plenty of cliffhangers and red herrings. Fascinating, credulous characters cleverly interwoven throughout, each one dissimilar, but culminating with them all being cleverly thrown together. I found myself visualising the characters: loving Ursula and loathing Edward, sympathising with both Gareth and Alice. I found it intriguing that several different sensitive and emotional health topics were well-addressed such as loneliness, mental health and dementia. Very appropriate in this day and age. The plot, based predominantly in the unusual setting of a shopping centre, was full of dark twists and turns and had me once again guessing incorrectly whodunnit! As always with C.L. Taylor’s books, the ending took me by surprise! Definitely my favourite author!
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    Excellent

    'Strangers' is another fantastic read from Cally. Featuring a very bold ending that had me desperate for more. Some of the strangers you'll be rooting for more than others that's for sure. As ever, to talk about the book in any detail is to potentially give things away and I don't want to do that. What I will say is, for me, it's not the strangers that steal the show...
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    Highly Addictive & Wonderfully Devious

    Strangers tells the story of three people - each of them completely different personalities - but what happenstance could possibly bring them all together? If you choose to read Strangers, you're in for a stupendous read! Alice, Ursula and Gareth’s lives are laid bare in this sublime account, when their respective worlds collide. Alice, the manager of a fashion shop, Mirage Fashions, in the Meads shopping centre in Bristol, is separated from her husband but is actively dating again. As head of security, Gareth, 47, is responsible for monitoring the CCTV cameras in Meads, though he and Alice haven’t yet met. He lives with his mother, Joan, who is suffering from dementia. Ursula, a parcel delivery driver and kleptomaniac is banned from the fashion store. Told told from the perspectives of these three main characters, the story opens with a dramatic incident that immediately hooked and absorbed me into the ingenious storyline. Whilst enjoying all three of the distinct narratives, I had absolutely no idea how they might gel, but could certainly sense that the collision would be dramatic! With its fabulous pacing, and concise chapters many of which ended in mini cliff hangers, I found Strangers highly addictive as I suffered from 'just one more chapter' syndrome. Common themes in this tense, taut and twisty tale were family, loneliness and violence. In essence, I adored Strangers by C.L. Taylor and I would recommend it, and the author, with confidence. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request from Avon Books via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.
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