Monday 30 March 2020

Book ~ "Strangers" (2020) C.L. Taylor

From Goodreads ~ 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.

Ursula is a courier, barely making a living delivering packages.  Gareth is a security guard at a mall.  He lives at home with his mother who has dementia.  Alice is divorced with an adult daughter, a manager of a clothing store and is lonely and wants to date.  They are strangers who are brought together one fateful night.  The story then jumps back a week and we get to know them and what's going on in their lives and how they ended up together.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it.  I liked the writing style and there were lots of twists and turns ... some turned out to be innocent, which was fun.  It is written in third person perspective in Ursula, Gareth and Alice's voice.  The author is English and the book is set in England so there are lots of references that I'm not used to or haven't heard before.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

I wasn't crazy about Alice.  Considering her age, I found her too desperate and needy.  She'd only gone out with a fella named Simon a couple times but was calling and texting him like crazy, and discussing every nuance of their "relationship" with her friend and daughter (who both told her to chill out).  I didn't like Ursula all that much in the beginning but once her story was revealed I understood why she was the way she was.  I liked Gareth ... he had a lot going on.  His father had disappeared without a trace 20 years ago and Gareth is always looking for him in crowds.  His mother has dementia and refuses to go to a home ... he never knows what he's going to come home to.  She has started to receive postcards from her husband and Gareth is determined to find out who is messing with her.

I look forward to reading other books by this author.

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