Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well. Today I’m very excited to be taking part in the blog tour for C.L. Taylor’s latest psychological thriller, ‘Strangers’. Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know that C.L. Taylor is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I have read every single one of her adult psychological thriller books. In this post, I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing a mini-review – but I will also be reviewing it in full at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Thanks so much to Avon for the opportunity! So, keep reading…
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.
About the Author.
C.L. Taylor is the author of seven adult psychological thrillers: ‘THE ACCIDENT’ (2014), ‘THE LIE’ (2015), ‘THE MISSING’ (2016), ‘THE ESCAPE’ (2017), ‘THE FEAR’ (2018), ‘Sleep’ (2019) and ‘Strangers’ (April 2020). She has also written a young adult thriller named ‘THE TREATMENT’ (2017). In the past, she has written various short stories and romantic comedy novels (as Cally Taylor). Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.
‘Strangers’ follows the lives of three characters who have never met before: Ursula, Gareth and Alice. The three characters’ all have their own problems, and one day their lives collide in the most unexpected way. They must learn to work together and put their differences aside; if not, one of them will be killed.
The characters are all fantastically-written. Ursula is a kleptomaniac delivery driver, who witnesses a terrible crime one day. Gareth is a security guard with an ill mother, who begins to receive strange postcards. And Alice is a busy store manager and mother, who is being stalked by a dangerous individual. I really enjoyed discovering more about all the characters, but I think Ursula was definitely my favourite overall, as her characterisation was so unique.
The narrative is very well-executed also. The book begins at the end, describing the final scene that the characters’ find themselves in. We then jump back in time to one week earlier, describing the events leading up to the night in question. The narrative is told in the third-person throughout, with each chapter focusing on either Alice, Gareth or Ursula. The novel also makes use of some interesting narrative techniques such as Twitter feeds and tweets, giving plenty of variety and interest.
There is a great deal of mystery and suspense running through the novel. Each characters’ individual problems get worse and worse, and they all reach their breaking points. They must work hard to find out who the culprit is, whilst also protecting those closest to them. My eyes were simply glued to the pages, and I just had to keep reading on!
There’s a final dramatic end scene in which the characters are forced together in the most astonishing way. Even though they are just three strangers, they must put their differences aside and work together, in order to ensure life rather than death. The end scene is jam-packed full of action and drama, and I simply couldn’t tear my eyes away! The ending tied everything together brilliantly, and I was left feeling very satisfied.
This is an exceptional novel that I highly recommend to all you psychological thriller lovers out there. I have to admit, I don’t think it’s Taylor’s strongest work (my favourite book is ‘THE FEAR’ by far), but it’s still a very well-written novel that is full of mystery and suspense.
Happy reading 🙂