Book Review: Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent

Set to be published on 2nd March, Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent follows Sally Diamond who cannot understand why what she did was so strange. She was only doing what her father told her to do, to put him out with the rubbish when he died.

Now Sally is the centre of attention, not only from the hungry media and worried police, but also a sinister voice from a past she has no memory of. As she begins to discover the horrors of her childhood, recluse Sally steps into the world for the first time, making new friends, finding independence, and learning that people don’t always mean what they say.

But when messages start arriving from a stranger who knows far more about her past than she knows herself, Sally’s life will be thrown into chaos once again . . .


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Liz Nugent is always an author who excites me. But when I saw the cover of this book, it didn’t immediately grab my attention. But then I started seeing all the brilliant reviews, and I had to dive straight in!

I had no idea what to expect at first, but Strange Sally Diamond immediately grabbed my attention with an immensely likeable character and a very curious story. And then things get weirder and more intriguing and, eventually, very dark! It had me absolutely hooked!

Sally is a really fantastic character and will undoubtedly remain one of my favourites this year! Her story is very unique and quirky, which is chilling at times and darkly humorous at others, allowing you to have a lot of fun while reading it.

I did have some niggles with the ending as I felt like the inclusion of Covid allowed everything to be tied up too quickly, and I had to discuss the ending with another reader to figure out my feelings about how each of the characters’ stories ended. But I decided that it was quite fitting in the end, and everything else is so mind-blowingly brilliant that I’m still giving this a full five stars!

Go out and buy this book! You won’t be able to put it down!


Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent
Release Date: 2nd March 2023
Print Length: 362 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton / Penguin


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