Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “S is for Stranger” as Want to Read:
S is for Stranger
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

S is for Stranger

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  705 ratings  ·  111 reviews
A gripping debut psychological thriller you don’t want to miss!

‘Louise Stone is an exciting new talent to watch. S is for Stranger is full of tension and atmosphere. A hugely compelling read.’ ― Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake

There are two sides to every story.

But only one is true.

Sophie wished she’d paid more attention when her little daughter, Amy, caught sight of
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published June 16th 2016 by Carina
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about S is for Stranger, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.35  · 
Rating details
 ·  705 ratings  ·  111 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of S is for Stranger
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

It seems like there have been quite a few books in the last little while that are about missing children. But when I came across this book and read the description I thought it sounded quite intriguing.

Sophie is the mother of eight year old, Amy. Sophie is in recovery for alcoholism and so her ex-husband Paul has custody of Amy. They are in the midst of court proceedings to see if the current custody arrangement will change.

Sophie visits with her daughter on Saturdays and for her birt
S IS FOR STRANGER by Louise Stone is a debut psychological thriller that is fast paced and full of suspense. This book will completely capture your attention.

This is the story of every mother's worst nightmare, a missing child.

The main character, Sophie is a recovering alcoholic who has lost custody of her eight-year-old daughter Amy. Her manipulative estranged husband Paul limits her access to her daughter, and she is allowed to spend Saturdays with her daughter. Paul now has a new woman in his
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
As I have been going back and forth between a 2 and 3* rating, it is obvious to me that I don't know what to make of this book.

While an intriguing story and the author can keep up the pace, the outcome was a mess. It started out good, it kept my interest throughout the first chapters, but then it became jumpy. Certain events were introduced but went nowhere. Many things were left unexplained. We have all the clichés; the unreliable narrator (a former alcoholist/OCD/hallucinating/did-some-things-
Linda Strong
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! I feel like my mind has been in the house of mirrors ….. no matter where you look, you really can’t believe what you’re seeing.

Sophie is an alcoholic. She’s lost her husband and her daughter because of it. Saturdays she is allowed to spend the day with Amy, her daughter. Meeting Amy and Paul, her ex-husband, at the entrance of a carnival because it’s her birthday, Sophie plans on having a fun time.

Getting separated momentarily, she sees a woman talking to Amy. When she looks again, Amy i
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sophie's husband Paul has custody of their daughter after their relationship ended due to Sophie struggling with alcoholism. During one of Sophie's days to visit her daughter they go to a fair where Sophie sees a stranger talking to her daughter. Getting a bit upset she lectures her not to talk with strangers but when her back is turned for only a few seconds Amy disappears.

Sophie fears with the disappearance of her daughter that it has something to do with her past. Her best friend had died on
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

I had really high hopes for this one after reading the synopsis, despite the fact that the market is flooded with books of a similar vein at the moment. That is why if you are going to write book of this genre you need to make it really, really good. There is so much tough competition out there.

This one just ambled along for me. Pretty early on I was picking up plot holes and contradictions in the text that had me quite baffled and not feeling I fully had a grip on the story. I didn't fin
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was attracted to S is for Stranger by its gorgeous cover. Based on a few other covers I’ve loved this year, I seem to have a thing for bright red and blue together.

This is a fast paced psychological thriller that had me gripped from the very beginning, and was so hard to put down.

As the story progressed, I really didn’t know who to trust, and ended up suspecting various characters. My gut feeling did end up being correct, but this story had me guessing and doubting my own assumptions throughou
Joanne Robertson
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This book attracted me right from the off when I saw it on netgalley. That cover and the blurb made this book appear to be right up my street. But, and I really hate saying this, after a great start and an excellent idea for the plot, this book just didn't do it for me personally.

The idea for this psychological thriller is a good one. There are many, MANY books around at the moment about missing children that it must be so hard to bring something new and original to the table. The title really p
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
S is for Stranger felt like just the right book for me. I love reading psychological thrillers that make you question everyone in the book and unexpected twists. However, this book just didn't do it for me. First, the big twist, in the end, was so obvious right from the start. Secondly, the plot just didn't make sense, there was one big inconsistency that made me wonder how on earth the editor could have missed that. I may spoiler the book a bit here so just jump to the next paragraph if you don ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it

I was really looking forward to reading this. I personally think this could be an excellent story with just a few things changing.

In some places it got where I thought "hm didn't I read that just now"

I understand the story, its a good plot with a child going missing and a mom who has personal issues healthwise where we are lead to believe she might be bonkers, or is she actually right in what she relates to the DI that day, explaining what happened and her ex husband being at the same place but
Erin Dunn
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist

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
Sue Wallace
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an arc from net galley in exchange for an honest review. There are two sides to every story. But only one is true......... Sophie wishes she'd paid more attention when her little daughter; Amy, caught sight of a stranger watching them. She only looked away for a second. But now Amy ' s gone. Wow. OMG. Wow. Absolutely fantastic read. CNPID. Read in one sitting. I loved the story and the characters. I loved Sophie. She was my favourite character. So many suspects. And wow didn't ...more
Tracy Fenton
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book started out with a gripping and intriguing storyline, unfortunately after several chapters it seemed to lose its way and I began to find big holes in the plots and several unexplained events which left me confused.
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I was really thrilled when I got this book from Net Galley and was really looking forward to the read. In exchange of the ARC, I promise to provide an honest review. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the book.

The first few times I picked it up, I had a hard time getting interested in the story. This is a 1st POV narrative from the basis of the mother of the missing girl and she has memory/mental health issues due to past traumas. I know you should feel sympathetic towards this character, but
The Book Review Café
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
S For Stranger comes with the tag A gripping debut psychological thriller you don’t want to miss! Now when I see a book with such a tag I do wonder if it will live up to its description , and considering I have read numerous gripping Psychological thrillers already this year, I was interested to see how S for Stranger would fair. This is certainly a thriller that should come with the tag line BEWARE THIS BOOK WILL SERIOUSLY MESS WITH YOUR HEAD.

Sophie’s daughter Amy disappears on a trip out, and
/spoiler/ Another author who drew from the "How to write mysteries for dummies" manual. That sounds harsh, but if you'll read this book, you'll come out of it shaking your head at the convoluted, messy, try-hard plot. But hey! At least, it's popcorn fodder, of the "so stupid-it's-kind-of-enjoyable" variety.

Brief summary: Sophie, a recovering alcoholic with mental health problems, has her eight-year-old daughter abducted one day at the funfair. Possible suspects include her shady ex-husband Paul,
Karen Mace
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I received a copy of this via NetGalley and Carina Uk in return for a fair and honest review - thankyou!

It has been an absolute rollercoaster reading this book! Hard to believe it's a debut too as it's so well crafted and gripping! Hope there is lots more to come from Louise Stone in the future!

Sophie is a recovering alcholic. Her estranged husband, Paul has custody of their 8 year old daughter, Amy, and as we hear from Sophies' point of view he was extremely manipulative during their marriage
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
S is for Stranger is described as a gripping debut psychological thriller by Louis Stone. Sophie is a recovering alcoholic who is trying to gain custody of her eight-year-old daughter Amy. On Sophie’s birthday, she and her ex-husband take Amy to the fairground, but when Sophie is distracted on the phone for a few seconds a stranger lures Amy away. When questioned by the police Paul denies Sophie’s version and insists he was at home all day. Sophie meanwhile receives an anonymous letter threateni ...more
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! S is for Stranger is a psychological thriller that will have you questioning your own mind and sanity!
Sophie is a recovering alcoholic that is experiencing every parents worst nightmare. Her eight year old daughter, Amy is missing and Sophie was the last person to see her.
Every story has two sides, but what happens when your side doesn't add up?
Sophie knows her facts:
1) There was a stranger talking to her daughter.
2) Her husband was with them at the time of her daughters disappearance.
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sophie is an alcoholic, but has been sober for 18 months. Her daughter lives with her ex-husband and she gets to see her on visitation days. Sophie, Amy and Paul went out all together to celebrate Sophie’s birthday. They are enjoying the day, when Sophie suddenly sees a woman talking to Amy, the same mysterious woman she has seen before. Not long after that moment Amy goes missing, when they were in a line to buy cotton candy. The detective is trying to collect as much information as possible to ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I SO wanted to love this story. The description whet my appetite and the cover is really enticing – that shattered heart shaped lollipop and the title scrawled in pen – very intriguing. Then there are the accolades comparing it to several books I’ve enjoyed, Wow I was champing at the bit to start reading this new psychological thriller.
That’s where my excitement fizzled out somewhat. I realise that I was privileged to receive an advance uncorrected proof copy and I will give a lot of the flaws i
Jun 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2016
WOW....4 days i gave this book and it just did not improve.

I REALLY wanted to like this book.
The premise of the storyline seemed really interesting and I had high hopes for this going in.

It took me 4 days to get 50% into this. I was on the aeroplane on my way to my holiday to Turkey and I found myself skimming the pages and just wanting to rush to the end to see what was what. In the end, for me, I couldn't even skim my way to the end.

It ended up so unbelievable and far fetched it made the story
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2, maybe 2.5 stars. I was really excited about this book, but in the end, it really just fell flat. The writing was erratic, the story full of plot holes, no significant twists and turns and the ending felt rushed.

In the beginning the pace was good and I was definitely interested, but as Sophie delved deeper and deeper into her psyche, I found myself confused and not really interested. I venture to think that if the story wasn
Fiona Wilson
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads
I really wanted to enjoy this story as its a genre I really like reading. Unfortunately there wasn't enough there to pull me in as the story becomes very confused and hard to follow at times.

I honestly didn't feel any empathy with the main character of Sophie at all, and that is a necessity for me to enjoy a book. The narration is jumpy, it struggled at times to make sense. As for the ending! I was left feeling extremely confused by the whole thing and wondering exactly what I had read.

I don't g
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
S is for Stranger is a brilliant debut book by Louise Stone. The storyline is gripping and intense with flawed, and psychologically complex characters. It's a tense read, and that tension never lets up. Once begun, you have to finish it, because you have to find out what happens. There are some surprising and shocking moments in the book and the pace definitely makes it a page turner. The ending was unexpected and but leaves a lot of room for the reader's imagination. I'm still thinking about it ...more
May 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
There certainly is stuff happening that need answers and I did read in one sitting but....

And I would have preferred a few bits to be different esp the ending, same outcome possibly but written differently
Crystal Hiatt
Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
It pains me to give a book a one star review! But this book is a complete mess.
I was drawn it by the awesome cover art (goes to show not to judge a book by its cover) and the synopsis sounded interesting.
I really hate to be harsh because I do respect literature and authors so much, but my honest opinion of this novel is as follows:

(view spoiler)
Victoria Zieger
A woman's daughter goes missing and she tries to find her amidst a crazy past and a ton of suspicious people who are surrounding her. I thought this was pretty solid. It had a strong twist in the end and it definitely kept my interest all the way through. I would have liked it better if the end was more clear on exactly what happened. It was a little too open in my opinion on what could have happened. But, in general, I enjoyed this one! ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good storyline, quick easy read but I think the end could of been explained a bit better??
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Don't Wake Up
  • Queen Bee
  • The Girlfriend
  • Friend Request
  • Coming Home
  • The Day the Crayons Quit
  • Girl in Translation
  • The Passengers
  • Their Little Secret (Tom Thorne, #16)
  • If You Knew My Sister
  • Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan, #18)
  • Strangers
  • The Haunting
  • Family Secrets
  • The Other Son
  • The Basement
  • The Good Father
  • Painless
See similar books…
I write under the pseudonym Louise Stone and worked as a teacher before turning my hand to fiction.

I was brought up in Africa and the Middle East and then – as an adult – travelled extensively before moving to London and finally settling in the Cotswolds with my partner, and now very active toddler!

When I’m not writing, you will find me scouring interior design magazines and shops, striving towar

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
31 likes · 11 comments