Five Total Strangers
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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’ ...more
CW: (view spoiler)[Loss of loved one, stalker, car accidents in snowy weather. (hide spoiler)]
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book would be good for a young adult who is just getting into thri ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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: https://quirkyreader.livejournal.com/....
Please give this writer a try, and rediscover the thriller genre all over again. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
Thoughts: This story is basically a locked room myste ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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