Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for Strangers by C.L. Taylor published by Avon Books. Happy publication day Cally!
Strangers by C.L. Taylor
Release Date: 2nd of April
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Avon Books
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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 is 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.
Wow-what a thrilling, tense and suspenseful read this is. My heart still starts racing every time I think about it. Cally you have done it again and completely exceeded my expectations. Each book you release just outdoes the previous one and Strangers is yet another fantastic addition to your bibliography. It takes you hostage and will have you reading well into the night. After I read chapter one, I was completely hooked and could not tear myself away from it.
For this review, I am not going to discuss the plot, as I believe that the blurb gives you more than enough and anyway, it is a Cally Taylor book! you know that you are going to get one hell of a storyline. I never actually go into her books reading the blurb, as I like the element of surprise with them. She could write a book about a bunch of trees and it would be brilliant. She is definitely an author that delivers each and every time.
What I will discuss are the characters. Cally has created three people that could not be more different from the other, but who actually work well together. Each of their personalities shines throughout the pages and each of them really resonated with me. I also enjoyed how the book was structured. Each of the three characters has a voice throughout via alternating chapters told from their points of view in the lead up to the events that have them becoming entwined. I also enjoyed how Cally incorporated scenes told through Twitter entries involving a subplot which was a great touch.
As always Cally is able to draw the reader in right from the get-go and takes you on one wild rollercoaster of a ride! What I also love, is how Cally is able to write a story and keep the reader in the dark and enthralled right up until the end, she very rarely gives you any indication where it could all be heading. Stranger’s is another perfect example of this. When she does get to the finale, it is done in spectacular fashion with a jaw-dropping moment that you don’t see coming and it will have you closing the book feeling very satisfied in its outcome.
Strangers is a fast-paced gripping read and if you love thrillers, this book is definitely a must to add to your reading list for 2020. Whether she is writing in the YA or thriller genre, you always know that you are going to read something outstanding and I look forward to reading what she comes up with next. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Strangers which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books and C.L. Taylor for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Strangers which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to NetGalley, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia, Amazon US, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes and Noble & Waterstones. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Let’s Get to Know Cally
C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of six gripping stand-alone psychological thrillers: THE ACCIDENT, THE LIE, THE MISSING, THE ESCAPE, THE FEAR and SLEEP.
Her books have sold in excess of a million copies, hit the number one spots on Amazon Kindle, Audible, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play, translated into over 25 languages and optioned for television.
THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books ‘Hidden Depths’ award for the Most Unreliable Narrator and SLEEP won ‘Best ebook’ in the Capital Crime Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. SLEEP was also a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019.
C.L. Taylor’s seventh book, STRANGERS, will be published in April 2020.
Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014.
She started writing short stories in 2005 and was published widely in literary and women’s magazines. She also won several short story competitions. In 2009 and 2011 her romantic comedy novels (as Cally Taylor) were published by Orion and translated into fourteen languages.
HEAVEN CAN WAIT was a bestseller in Hungary and China and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a feature film by JumpStart Productions. Whilst on maternity leave with her son Cally had an idea for a psychological thriller and turned to crime.
C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son.
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