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    Tense

    Dark, which I didn't expect. Scary and tense. Good book.
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    Twisty, murky read covered in layers of lies...

    The moment I read the synopsis, this book caught my interest and I had such high hopes for this book. I enjoyed reading this book overall, but the twist in the end left me in two minds, not quite sure what I make of this book. It’s not that the story per se is not as good, it was actually quite entertaining all the way through, but there was ups and downs in the degrees of my emotional engagement with this book if that makes any sense. In some parts I was literally glued to the book flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission but then there came some parts where I felt emotionally detached, not being able to get invested in the story as much. That being said, I appreciated how twisty-turny the plot was. The writing is strong and engaging likewise, but some dialogues came across somewhat stilted and a bit “off,” there were parts where I found the flow a bit stumped, not moving as flawlessly. Nonetheless, as I mentioned earlier, the story kept me intrigued throughout. Although none of the characters is relatable or likable, I think my feelings and thoughts mostly aligned with that of Chris’s and was rather disturbed by Katie who could be Christ’s daughter infiltrating into Chris’s life slowly but steadily. Katie puts up a good front by being unassuming and considerate, but her persistent unannounced nor uninvited appearances at Chris’s house and his workplace bothered me a lot, wondering if Katie is intentionally encroaching on his life under the cloak of “a long lost daughter trying to fill the gap.” That even Chris looks suspicious as though he was implicated in some criminal act fuels the tension and I enjoyed the murky, chilling effect quite a lot. What really bothered me is Chris’s family’s acceptance to Katie. It seemed almost unconditional even with the tangled web of lies that Katie spinned. At first Katie’s acts and deeds felt genuine, coming from pure adoration for her long lost father but as the story goes, layer after layer of lies began to surface, deepening my suspicion if Katie is bogus. Yet still, everyone else but Chris is awfully protective or supportive of Katie, standing up for her, making assumptions that are in her favor. Whatever she says, I didn’t want to buy it. Her credentials have already been damaged in my eyes and I was quite annoyed by why they are still full bent on believing Katie. On almost the same level, I was annoyed by Chris and couldn’t work out what Chris really wants; one moment he flat out refuses to get engaged with Katie and the next second he’s at Katie’s beck and call. Where does he stand in this book? This is all a testament this book is emotionally gripping and messes with your emotions. I don’t know how many times I shook my head and rolled my eyes in disbelief. I must admit the development in the latter part of the book which arrives at around 85% mark had my heart galloping so fast, making my eyes open the size of saucers. The tension here is so amazing that I could hardly put it down. Regardless, the subsequent sequence of the reveal felt a bit over the top and overdramatized, it had an adverse of effect of making me slightly detached. The ending also left me with mixed feelings. Even after everything is unraveled and explained, I was still unsure that I got them right. It also felt a bit rushed and underdeveloped, adding to the niggles that I had throughout the book. Despite what I said above, I still enjoyed reading this book on the whole. It didn’t wow me nor throw me for loop as much as I had expected, but I think this is in general a well written psychological thriller that will keep you engaged till the end. 3.75 stars go to this book.
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    A great book will awesome twists and turns.

    Rose and Chris have had a happy marriage of almost twenty years. They have a teen daughter Julia and things couldn't be gong any better. One day, however, Katie, an older teen, shows up on their doorstep claiming to be Chris's daughter. What's more, is that she needs someplace to stay. Chris did have a fling just before Rose, and now that the product of said event is there, what is he to do. Well, Rose cannot turn Katie away and welcomes her into their home. This is in consternation to what Chris wants. Sadly, Katie has lost her mother, and now she becomes an intimate part of Chris and Rose's family. There is no peace, however, as strange events begin occurring. When daughter Julia's friend disappears en route to their home, things strangely begin to click into place. Quite naturally, Rose Rose begins to wonder if it was wise to let Katie move in, but also whether or not Chris could be connected to everything going on around them. Is Chris the trusted man Rose has been happily married to all of these years? Jake Cross is a new name to me and I am glad that I got a chance to read this book. It is well-written and has a few twists and turns that kept me eagerly turning the pages. I look forward to reading more from this talented author. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    A solid read.

    Having loved Jake’s book The Family Lie, I was excited when I saw that we were getting another book from him this year. Perfect Stranger is another solid read from Jake. The blurb drew me in straight away as did the cover of the book. It is so striking and compliments the story well. Jake has created a story that would have any man that has strayed shaking in their boots. This is the case for Chris, when Katie turns up on his doorstep claiming to be his daughter. Having just recently lost her mother, Katie reaches out to Chris and when she reveals that she has no where to go Chris’ wife Rose, although not happy with how this has come about, invites her to stay much to Chris’ annoyance. As they all await the results of the paternity test, strange things start to happen and and you are left wondering if Katie is really who she says she is. With the exception of Rose, for me none of the characters were very likeable but in saying that, they have been written extremely well. Chris made me feel uncomfortable and there was just something that wasn’t quite right with him. As the story progresses you start to see him unravel as the stress starts to become too much and you see a side to him that makes you question if this man is really who he portrays himself to be. Katie is an intriguing character and I liked how I kept questioning myself as to is she or isn’t she being genuine. I really like Jakes writing style and how he manages to keep the reader in suspense throughout. The use of short chapters make this a quick and easy read. It is a slow burn to start with, but once it gets going it is a chilling read full of twists and turns in the lead up to the thrilling conclusion. I think the message here is never open your door when a stranger comes knocking! You never know who you are letting in…. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Jake Cross for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Perfect Stranger which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    Great thriller

    This ARC was courtesy of netgalley - all thoughts and opinions are mine and unbiased Wow - loved this !!! - Absolutely gripping - couldn't put this down - very twisty turny - I read this in one go on a very torrid, torrential rain day cuddled under a blanket - highly recommend - a great way to spend a day !!! If you like your psychological thrillers - this is a must-read Can't wait to read more from this author
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