Thank you to NetGalley and Carina UK for providing an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review!
I have been extremely in the mood for thrillers lately (watch out for more thriller novel reviews soon!) and when I saw S is for Stranger I had to request it from NetGalley. I actually saw this book on Twitter somewhere first and then NetGalley. The STUNNING cover drew me to it right away and I'm so glad I requested it!
If you have followed my blog for a while then you may know that I love thrillers with unreliable narrators. That's just what we have here in S is for Stranger and this book sure is a mindf***! Sophie is definitely unreliable and throughout the novel I wasn't sure where the twists and turns would go. This book is remarkably fast-paced and suspenseful. I read all but a few pages of it in one day.
Another thing I really enjoy in thrillers is the missing child cliche. Yes, I know some people hate cliches, but this is a good one!! I love it because a missing child adds a lot of tension to a thriller and Amy missing certainly did add a lot of suspense here. Also, Paul is a bit of an unreliable (he was also unlikeable) character himself and that really kicked the suspense up a notch too! On the cover it says, "A Gripping Psychological Thriller" and that's exactly what I got with this book.
Overall I really enjoyed S is for Stranger. This is a great one to read all in one day on a lazy Saturday or Sunday. I just had to keep reading to see what would happen and I loved the ending. Are you wondering yet why I didn't give this book 5 stars? Well to be honest it wasn't the most unique thriller. It wasn't overly predictable either, but I don't know if a year from now if it is different enough to be memorable for me. This is a super enjoyable read though and the intense suspense makes it worth a read! I can't wait to read more by Louise Stone.
I recommend S is for Stranger to all psychological thriller lovers and more specifically for fans of Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt, 14 Days to Die By: A.B. Whelan, and (sorry I am going to add these even though we are all tired of books being compared to them lol) Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train of course.