So thrilled to be involved in the blog tour for The Stranger by Kate Riordan. I absolutely loved The Shadow Hours so I was so excited to read her next book.
The Stranger is published in Hardback and ebook TODAY.
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?
It’s always nice when you get a book you realise you are going to love within the first few pages. It brings a smile to my face and means I can relax into the book.
The Stranger is told from the point of view of three women who have been brought together at Penhallow for the summer. Two, Rose and Diana, are landgirls at Penhallow there to work in the grounds, growing vegetables to aid the war effort. For the other woman, Eleanor, Penhallow is her family home where she has lived since she was a little girl and where she still lives with her cantankerous mother. All of these women have secrets that they have kept from each other and all are haunted by pasts events. These are slowly revealed as the story goes on leaving the reader very intrigued and glued to the page. I think what is most special about this book is that the way it is told allows the reader to get inside the woman’s heads so that you feel like you know them intimately and understand them completely. For this reason I didn’t have a favourite character as I enjoyed all their stories equally and liked all of them. I wanted all of them to have the opportunity to put their demons to rest and have a happy ending.
The setting of this book is brilliant, with the author’s descriptions being so vivid that you feel like you are there watching it all unfold. I could almost see the sea, feel the sun on my face and view the beautiful scenery. I felt I knew Cornwall and Penhallow really well like I had visited it personally.
This was one of those rare books that I simultaneously wanted to read more of to find out what happens and read slowly to savour the spectacular story. I was almost bereft when the story ended as I realised I had read a fabulous story and closed the book with a happy sigh.
There are very few books I believe deserve the comparison with Kate Morton but this one truly does, so if you are a fan of Kate Morton you will love this book!
Huge thanks to Jenny Platt and Michael St Joseph Publishers for my copy of the book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
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