Book Review: Strangers by CL Taylor

“Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.”

Published in 2020, Strangers by CL Taylor follows three strangers: Ursula, Gareth and Alice. 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.


I have loved CL Taylor from the beginning; her earliest books are some of my favourite thrillers of all time. Hence why I get a little nervous picking up a new book by her, as my expectations are pinned so high that I worry her new releases won’t ever live up to the standards of the likes of some of the permanent residents on my bookshelf – The Lie, The Missing, and The Escape.

But Strangers is just as brilliant! With strong characters, an addictive plot, and a dark twist, I had no idea how this story was going to come together and it definitely exceeded all of my expectations.

What I like most about CL Taylor’s writing is that she always manages to make her characters so engaging, despite them having off-putting flaws. And although these three main characters seemingly have no link, you instantly become invested in each of their situations, eager for them to come out on top.

If you’re a fan of thrillers, CL Taylor is definitely an author that needs to be on your bookshelf. And if you haven’t had the privilege of reading one of her books yet, this is certainly a great place to start (although I always recommend that people should go and check out her early books, too!).

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