Publisher: Dutton (March 24, 2015)
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Source: Review Copy was sent free of charge via Dutton Books.
Synopsis: The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life. Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them.
- The Stranger has an intriguing concept, imagine a stranger coming up to you and revealing a dark secret about someone close to you that you weren't aware of. Secrets that could actually hurt you and destroy everything that you have. Adam Price has that American dream, but it can soon be destroyed by that secret. That actual secret is actually sick and saddening, and no his wife Corrine is not cheating him. A lot of human beings do cheat on their partner, that's something that you CAN consider forgiving if it was a one time mistake - however, in Corinne's case it's something completely different. It's just so depressing and disgusting about what she has done. It makes me think, do people actually do that?? It's something I have never heard of an incident happening anywhere, although I have heard the idea of it. I did like the original concept of The Stranger, I found it fascinating and wonderful. I would never forgive Corinne if I was Adam. Well, when I'm near old age and dying, then maybe.. MAYBE.
- I liked Adam's character, he's a good man and a caring husband, and father. He's an example of how a family man should be like. Corrine on the other hand is rather questionable. I don't believe she even deserves my pity, I can understand why she did such a heinous action, but it can't be justified. Her motives were unreasonable. The Stranger who reveals secrets was creepy yet interesting, I believe if someone is hiding something from you, they should be the one to tell you that themselves. However, if a third party tells me - I would rather not know that secret. I don't mind family, and close friends filling me in on that information - but I don't think I would want a complete stranger(except police) revealing my loved ones secrets to me. It's not their place to.. What if my partner or whoever it is would have opened up and told me their secret later? People can argue for "humanity" you should care for each other and tell the truth, but this guy takes MONEY for revealing secrets and destroying homes, so no thanks.
- This is a thriller that makes you think, although, The Stranger confused me quite a lot.. I didn't understand what was happening half of the time - I did skim a few pages. The beginning was fantastic, the middle was great too - but then it just took of in a wrong direction, the plot lost me. I did like the ending though and the potential this novel had to offer. The conspiracy of the novel didn't get to me, however, I did like the action. It's a plot-driven book, more than a character one though. Overall, the concept of the story is refreshing and suspenseful, I would rate it three butterflies.
Recommended for fans of The Silent Sister, and The Husband's Secret.
Boarding School Girls
- Well, hello Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars here.. This is the prequel to the novel Stella which I actually haven't read. Boarding Schools Girls is of course based on an elite boarding school, I love the concept of prestigious schools - I can just imagine what deep secrets they hide. This is a standalone novel though. I did like reading this novel, but at times there was too much cattiness. The ending was quite strong, and we can understand Sienna better - although, it's not the ending I would have preferred.
- "The Scarlets" are the most popular teen clique at their boarding school.. Sienna is the center of the scarlet's, and Romy is the former scarlet. However, everyone has turned against her because she was apparently done something so incredibility wrong and against the girl code. I did like Romy's character more than Sienna, Sienna was more superficial and wanted revenge. She only thinks about herself, she's just like "ME, ME ME." I couldn't understand her character sometimes, but of course she's ruthless so she probably doesn't need a reason to be catty. She's aimed on perfection, that doesn't necessarily mean she's a bad person - however, she will take down anyone who stands in her way. She's still a teenager, and she is preparing for marriage. When I was her age, I was focused on college and making a career first.. She has been raised in a certain way, so I can understand why her character is quite complex. I think I liked Romy mainly because she is changed now, she's no longer the same scarlet she was before - she was character growth now. She's a reformed bad girl which I found fascinating. I did like Sienna's boyfriend Jack, I do hope to see more of him and see what happens next.
- I did enjoy reading this novel, it took me about two chapters to get hooked - the plot had some surprising twists, but at times they did fall flat. It is an entertaining read with a great concept of elite boarding schools. Overall, I would rate it three butterflies.