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Five Total Strangers

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  4,196 ratings  ·  833 reviews
A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.

When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly co
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Kelli Wilson
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Failed to astonish me but a few 4-star moments to lean on!

This book is about five young adults stranded at the airport as all flights are cancelled due to snowy weather. All five have never met and are complete strangers. They randomly meet, find out they are all headed in the same direction and decide to rent a car to make the six hour trip. We find out early that one of them has been stalking the main character. But who is the stalker? That you have to finish reading to find out. Things start
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Mira lives in California with her Dad, while her mother lives in Pittsburgh. With Christmas approaching, Mira is making her way to the East Coast for the holiday.

Last year, her Aunt, her Mom's sister and closest friend, passed away. Her Mom has really struggled coping with that loss.

Concerned about the state of her mother's mental health, Mira expects her to need extra support this holiday.

So, when her connecting flight from New York to Pittsburgh gets canceled due to in
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Normally I’m a little tough grader when it comes to YA thrillers and after seeing some unpopular reviews I was afraid of being bad guy with a acidic taste in my mouth after reading something illogical and not entertainingly crazy enough for my picky taste! But thanks to literature Gods, I couldn’t be so wrong because I was already hooked and felt like watching a fast paced, breath taking, captivating, low budget Blumhouse teenage thriller movie which is 6.5 IMDb and %70 rotten tomatoes rated, mo ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Five things to know about Five Total Strangers:

1. It takes place on Christmas Eve, should you be the sort of reader that likes to time books with the seasons. As a thriller, it’s a nice change of pace from Hallmark romances and classic holiday tales.

2. Though it’s a Young Adult book, the plot transcends YA since people of any age could find themselves in the characters’ situation - stranded while making a connecting flight and opting to rent a car with strangers heading to the same final destin
10/06/2020: Happy publication day to this book! (The weather is much more caught-in-a-snowstorm appropriate now than when Sheena and I read this back in August 😂)

I’ve learned to pay attention when the hair at the back of my neck prickles—when a carnal, bone-deep instinct tells me something is wrong. And that’s what my instincts are saying now.

Five Total Strangers was a compulsively readable and quick read that immediately swept me into its story. While not necessarily complex, this didn’
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2.5 Stars

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Well that was somewhat of an abrupt and predictable ending. That being said I was still engaged and quite interested to see how the story would unfold. The characters were pretty flat but at least they weren't annoying. This book reminded me a bit of I Know What You Did Last Summer, which is another slightly underwhelming thriller. I think the author did a good job in terms of the pacing, and a
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Julie Zantopoulos
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
This wasn't it, friends. It had a creepy factor given that it's set in PA and I live in PA. I loved the freaky letters and the tension but I saw the twist coming and I was left unimpressed with the overall plot and character development. There was such build up to the finale of the book and then BAM, it was over. I'm not the target age demographic but I'm looking for a little more meat from my thrillers. Still, it did have a "vibe" that I could get down with. ...more
Melanie (mells_view)
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
”Don’t worry. Destiny’s on our side.”

Ok so essentially this is a read about five not so perfect strangers, who were stranded at an airport on Christmas Eve, and decided to brave the icy winter storm and drive 6 hours together to get home. They all desperately needed to get home for some reason or another.

That being said. Things start going wrong, and they stay going wrong. Is their luck really this bad? Hmm. I don’t want to say too much, because I think the reason this book is so entertaining is
3.5 stars
Five Total Strangers started off strongly, kept me guessing and in suspense, surprised me a little, but was still a pretty good read overall. Mira Hayes, an 18-year-old art student, wants to visit her mother in PA for the holidays. But when her upcoming flight to PA is cancelled, she reluctantly accepts a ride home with four strangers from Harper, whom she met at the airport. And as Mira rides in the car with Kayla, Harper, Brecken, and Josh, she realizes that they're all hiding somethi
Diana | Book of Secrets
I love cold weather/snowy suspense novels, so the cover of this book was screaming for me to read it. FIVE TOTAL STRANGERS is a locked-room-on-wheels YA thriller that left me with mixed feelings.

The protagonist Mira is a high school student flying home to Pittsburgh to be with her mother on Christmas. A snow storm cancels connecting flights and leaves her stranded at the Philly airport. Desperate to get home, she makes the BAD decision of hitching a ride with four college-aged strangers who were
Jacqueline Wheeler
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this book was a young adult mix of No Exit and You, but done horribly. The characters in this book were super immature and just fought over everything. I was so tired of listening to arguments throughout the whole entire book. I didn't get attached to any characters and couldn't care less about the main character and her relationship with her mom. I wasn't even shocked at the ending, and wasn't thrilled at all.

This book would be good for a young adult who is just getting into thri
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

After reading Five Total Strangers, I know now that I will NEVER get in a car with strange ass people any day for the rest of my life. I mean.. I never did that before I read this book but this just confirmed that I really shouldn't think about it.

In this, you will meet Mira. Now she is coming home to PA from CA. While she gets to NY, her flight home is cancelled due to the weather. So she gets into a car with 5 people she doesn't know. I won't even count the one girl who she s
Five Total Strangers started off so strongly! There was so much promise in the beginning. I could feel the chaotic energy in the airport as everyone was worried over their flights being cancelled and then about half way into the road trip the energy died and so did I. It began to drag on and I get there's only so much that can happen in a car but I expected a little more. I kind of had an idea who was behind this but this book does have you speculating literally everyone and anyone. I thought th ...more
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. This hellish ride through rural Pennsylvania during a blizzard was fun and twisty. It kept me guessing the whole way, a bit let down by the ending but over all solid.
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, end-of-2020
You know that feeling when you’re enjoying a book so much, you can’t put it down? Five Total Strangers gave me that feeling from the very beginning.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

When I say I love thriller books, this is the kind of book I’m talking about! Fast-paced, no-nonsense, creepy in all the right places, simple thrillers like this. This is exactly my kind of book. If you're looking for a Thriller to fly through in one week
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of this book from sourcebooks to review because I am part of the #firereadsmidnight team. Thank you sourcebooks.

Was this book a wild ride. I hope to read more tittles by Natalie D. Richards. The following link is to my full review on my blog:

Please give this writer a try, and rediscover the thriller genre all over again.
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Twisty, fun thriller!

I enjoyed the premise of this, how the five came together on this dangerous road trip and the way everyone seemed like a suspect. It was difficult to tell if there was one crazy person or if the whole car was in on it. The pacing was good and I liked how things escalated and you never knew what exactly was happening.

Mira getting in the car wasn't a good idea from the beginning, but it was plausible that she felt like she needed to get home and took this opportunity even if
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mira just wants to make it home to her mother for the holidays. Little does she know when accepting a ride with 4 total strangers in the midst of a blizzard that one of them is a sociopath with a deadly obsession. Can she uncover the truth before the road trip turns fatal? ⁣

This is a YA locked room type mystery taking place in a car during a blizzard. It was a binge worthy read that had me second guessing all the inhabitants of the car and mentally spinning all types of theories. ⁣

While I felt
Helen Power

This is a slow-burn psychological thriller that kept me enraptured from cover to cover. There is no prologue with a gritty murder to open this book. In fact, it all starts out fairly normal, yet the words and events still carry a sharp edge to them. We first meet Mira when she's on a plane on Christmas Eve during a blizzard. The plane hits turbulence, and the stress that Mira feels about this, despite being a frequent flyer, nearly oozes off the pages. 

A lot of the creepy things that happen in t

Had high hopes for this, but it fell really flat for me. I didn't gel well with the overwhelming amount of talk and description about the car journey in the beginning, and the characters arguing about which road to take, etc. The resolution felt a bit too obvious too. This book just did not work for me. ...more
Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe
This book was a fun locked room style mystery. It reminded me of a less gruesome No Exit- very chilling and atmospheric. The story was about Mira, a girl who needs to get home for Christmas. When all flights are cancelled, she grabs a ride with her seatmate from her first flight and a group of other stranded passengers going to Pennsylvania. Soon after they leave, things start to disappear, and Mira realizes that everyone is hiding something.

Thoughts: This story is basically a locked room myste
When it's rainy and cold outside, there's nothing I love more than curling up under the blankets with a good thriller. There's just something about thrillers when it's storming that just really sucks you in. While this one wasn't amazing, it was still pretty fun and kept me guessing until the very end.

When a snowstorm grounds Mira's flight connection, she makes a spur of the moment decision to share a car with her seatmate, Harper, from the flight. It seems pretty safe, Harper seems like a swee
Crystal Hiatt
Apr 06, 2021 rated it liked it
This is like a YA version of 'No Exit.'
Five strangers are traveling together in the middle of a blizzard. As the weather conditions worsen, so does the tension in the car.

This book had a few decent moments of suspense. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough thrills and chills to keep me engaged, and I found myself bored more than entertained.
Madeline (always_reading1)
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow couldn’t put this down. The ending felt a tad rushed but still really enjoyed this adventure. I’m not a big YA reader but glad this was a buddy read pick. Thanks to those who suggested it.
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Listened to most of this on audio, the narrator is excellent at keeping the tension going and communicating Mira's voice.

This is a fast-paced thriller, a quasi-locked room mystery because the five people are in a car together driving through a snowstorm. There are No Exit vibes here, but I didn't feel this one was quite as good. The entire build-up of the book was great. I felt the stress of the five people and got nervous for them as the book progressed. I was rooting for Mira to come out of t
Angela Staudt
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Our stuff isn’t going missing – someone is stealing it. And there are exactly four people who could be responsible. I take a sharp breath and look at my fellow travelers with new wariness. Someone in this car is lying.”

Thank you, SourceBooks Fire, for a finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

Five Total Strangers is one of those books you legitimately can’t stop reading. I could not put this down and ending up reading it entirely in one sitting. It was a phenomenal thriller; I mean it ha
Joleen (starlightbooktales)
This YA thriller is a solid 3 stars. The moment I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Resulting in me finishing the book in one sitting. Which is not something I can complain about. I love it when a book captivates my attention so hard that I MUST keep reading.

The idea of this book, girl gets in a car with a bunch of strangers was such a great plot. Desperate to get home makes for a thrilling tale. And the concept that we know more than the characters is one of my favorite tropes.

The problem
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Actual Rating 3.5
I am a sucker for YA mysteries, this book was on my tbr for months. Read the synopsis and tell me you are not sold by it.

Mira wants to spend Christmas at her home with her mother as it is also the death anniversary of her aunt- her mother’s twins. But nature got different plans for her. She doesn’t have another option except for taking a car with 4 other strangers in this heavy storm.

I love the world-building, the way the author explained it, It was so easy for me to imagine mys
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, young-adult
This road trip is like a living nightmare. I found myself racing through the chapters to discover the identity of the passenger in the car who had been writing to Mira. Many factors ratchet up the peril including the horrible weather, seeming sabotage of the safety kit, key items going missing, and the paranoia that develops. They reach a point where the narrative turns on a dime. Any one of them, even Mira, seems a potential suspect. Quite well done and I will most certainly check out one of Ms ...more
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