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the Stranger HB jacket

** My thanks to Jenny at Penguin Random House for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



Cornwall, 1940.

In the hushed hours of the night a woman is taken by the sea.

Was it a tragic accident? Or should the residents of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in?

In the midst of war three women arrive seeking safety at Penhallow Hall.

Each is looking to escape her past.

But one of them is not there by choice.

As the threat of invasion mounts and the nightly blackouts feel longer and longer, tensions between the close-knit residents rise until dark secrets start to surface.

And no one can predict what their neighbour is capable of . . .

In a house full of strangers, who do you trust?

My Thoughts & Review:

The Cornwall setting of this novel really pours out from the pages as you read it, you can almost smell the sea air and feel the heat of the sun, the way that the author manages to perfectly capture these and put them so vividly on paper makes for wonderfully immersive reading.

This is a character rich tale that showcases the best or worst of people.  Each of the leading women in this book has their own troubles and a past that plays a very important role in their present.
Narration switches between the perspectives of the leading characters, broken up with diary entries dating from 20 July 1940 which count down incrementally to the disappearance of Diana.
Being able to experience the story through the perspectives of the three leading women gives readers a wonderful glimpse into the mindsets of each, seeing their lives unfolding and their feelings towards each other and the war.  The way that Kate Riordan writes these women means that we also discover them through their own thoughts which is more powerful.

Secrets and lies play a huge part in the plot of this novel and the way that they are masterfully woven together makes this an addictive read.  There is a real sense of unease that swirls around the story, and readers cannot help but be drawn in as the characters hint at their respective secrets.

This is a thought provoking read that transports readers to the rugged setting that develops slowly and captivatingly.


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