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

Stranger with My Face

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  8,888 ratings  ·  590 reviews
Laurie was at home, but her boyfriend swears he saw her on the beach with another guy. Her family insists they see her coming and going when she's been out of the house for hours. Who--or what--is taking over Laurie's life? ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published September 1990 by Laurel Leaf Books (first published 1981)
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 Stranger with My Face, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Man With No Name Depends on how young, I;m 18 and I find it more suspenseful than scary, but not knowing it's really scary.…moreDepends on how young, I;m 18 and I find it more suspenseful than scary, but not knowing it's really scary.(less)
Man With No Name I think that the real theme of the story is that some things are better to leave behind.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.90  · 
Rating details
 ·  8,888 ratings  ·  590 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Stranger with My Face
Jun 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: margie
I read every one of these books I could find in the library in elementary school and junior high. Trashy yet enthralling. I associate them with the period of time I was convinced I could have superpowers if only I tried hard enough. I really really wanted paranormal powers-- particularly telekinesis. If it could happen to the girls in these books.. why not me?
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As ‘Teen Creeps Podcast’ are covering this book, I wanted to read it before the latest episode was released.
This is my first Lois Duncan novel, though I know they covered some of her other books. I’m slowly working through the back catalogue!

Laurie’s friends and family keep telling her that they have seen her in places where she can’t have been, as Laurie was ill in bed. So how is this mysterious stranger?
I really liked the set up to the story, it’s a great mystery that instantly hooked me in.
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
OH MAN it crushes my poor cold heart to sand to have to tell you this, because I used to borrow this book from the library over and over and over when I was in fifth grade and it's one of the things that really made me like books so goddam much, but it's just all about like "Native American people are mysterious and magical," which is not an okay theme. So sad! I was so stoked when I found it in a little used bookstore in Kokomo Indiana, because when I was little I think I just thought Laurie St ...more
“Life continues, and we all of us keep changing and building, toward what we cannot know.”
― Lois Duncan, Stranger with My Face

My 2nd favorite of hers second only to Daughters of Eve.

This book is genuinely scary and has remained so. Did a reread recently and I thin k it got scarier!


Can you imagine looking into the mirror..and your mirror image is not smiling while you are? THAT is the kind of scare I like. No blood. No gore. Just creepy scary.

Plus it is just an awesome story w
Dec 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, scary
I read this book years and years ago. In fact, I wasn't sure I had actually read it until I saw the summary of it in Bitch magazine.

It's a really creepy premise. A teenage girl is doing astral projection and while she's out of her body, the sister she didn't know she had slips her spirit into the vacated body. Well, something like that happens. I may have the details wrong about who the girl who slips into the body is. In any case, the protagonist is floating around in spirit, watching some othe
Janie Johnson
This was a pretty good tale, and the first time for me to read anything from Lois Duncan. I have become intrigued with this Authors talent, and plan on reading more of her works in the future.

No the book did not blow me away, but it was still very well written. The story was very fluid and easy to read and follow. I was a bit confused at the ending and felt like I was left hanging a bit, like it seemed to be left open for a sequel, but I would have liked a little more closure though.

Our main ch
Feb 06, 2008 rated it liked it
I haven't read this book in a very long time. But I first discovered it when I was probably 10-years-old and I just kept taking it out of the library! I knew exactly where it was, what shelf it was on and it was ALWAYS there waiting for me. The librarians used to look at me and say, "Well there you go again Paula." This was my first introduction to science fiction (at least in book form) and it was awesome! What if your friends suddenly started acting strange and told you you did things that you ...more
This wasn't my first Lois Duncan but it will probably be my last. Duncan's writing is dated and simplistic by today's YA standards. It just doesn't seem to cut it for more reasons than one.

The story was published in 1981 and it was very clear exactly where the author added updates. Not many teens would call a boyfriend's cell and then try calling the boyfriend's dad (many people no longer have landlines nor know the number of a friend's parent). Calling a parent Mother or younger siblings The Ch
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I think that this is a really good book to read. I think that it might need a little more context with the whole "spiritual realm" thing. I would enjoy the book more if it was more realistic instead of fantasy. That being said, I really thought that the book was good. Especially the ending. The "fight" type scenes are really interesting as well with one of the characters being a literal ghost, and switching between some sort of like intangible mode thing. idk. The book itself is really interesti ...more
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: suspense readers and writers
I didn't know what to expect when I got this book from the library. I had heard of the author, but I'd never read anything by her.

Duncan does an amazing job creating suspense. It was SO HARD to put this book down every time I had to stop reading. It caught me and never let go--the pace is relentless. This should be required reading for suspense writers, because so many get it wrong. Duncan is a master.

That said, I didn't really care for the main character. I tried hard to like her, and succeed
I read this book so long ago, but a conversation with a friend got me thinking about this book again, so I decided to do a reread.

Back when I read it, I remembered that parts of the book felt extraordinarily heavy so that I wanted to skim over parts of the book. Most of the book felt incomprehensible to me back then, and this time when I reread it, I realized that it read exactly like that to me now.

The problem, I found, was that the beginning of the book was filled with endless data dumping. T
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's another Lois Duncan book I read several times as a youngster. I remembered a few things from it and realized this book formed my love and desire to live:
On a sweet little island where I need to take a ferry every day to go to school and whatnot
With my house perilously perched on a cliff to take in the best sea views
Where I would write all day as a job on my typewriter, click-clacking away.

Sometimes I wonder what books are going to seriously shape my own kids' lives. (I guess you could say
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In one word - Freaky! I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this story! It was really scary in a neat way. I totally freaked when she was sitting in front of the mirror and her image smiled at her and she realized that she herself was NOT smiling! Ohhhh I love it when things like that happens in movies and it sent a chill over me while reading it here as well!

I despised Laurie's so called friends and boyfriend. I'm like all they had to do if they cared at all was ask her family if she had be
Kat Williams
Feb 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I'm not going to waste my time reading this dated, often racist and size-ist, and altogether ludicrous teen novel. I bought it bored on a cold, empty winter day. We do crazy things when holed up in an ice cave for months on end. The purchase of this book is high on my list of wintry follies. Suffice to say I will never finish this. And now that spring is here I have no desire to have this sitting among my things, creating added clutter. Be off with you Stranger! I don't care about you nor your e ...more
Cara's Craftsations
3.5 The parents in this book were just horrible.
Ludwig Reads
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars.

”Are you the one with my face?” I whispered.
“I came first.” She answered with a little laugh. “It’s you who has my face.”

I can see why this book was such a big hit back in the early 90’s. It’s original, scary at times, and just so wicked! This is a suspense thriller that follows 17-year-old Laurie Stratton whose world is rocked by the arrival of this new mysterious stranger in her life. I enjoyed the stunningly-executed paranormal scenes and also the setting of the story - a house pe
Midnyte Reader
Lois Duncan is a huge name in the literary world, who has written many, (many, many) books and received many (manymanymany) awards. I Know What You Did Last Summer may be her most recognizable. However, I can't remember reading any of her books growing up, but I recognized her name when I picked up this audio book in the library. My other reasons for checking this out were 1) We don't have a huge selection in our library and 2) It was earmarked as Supernatural. I'm not sure I would really recomm ...more
Nykia Burdine
I haven't read this book since I was eleven or twelve years, and like most of the other people in these reviews, it was my absolute favorite book of my childhood. I'm pretty sure I read it about seven or eight times when I was in seventh grade. I was just so amazed by astral projection and Laurie's story in general. By the way, the Lifetime movie adaption was absolute crap, just like everything else on Lifetime. It did no justice to this beautiful book whatsoever. Just saying. Don't waste your t ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sheila Beaumont
This is an excellent paranormal thriller, in which the 17-year-old heroine finds her life in danger of being taken over by a heretofore-unknown evil twin. Good writing, plenty of suspense, a haunting atmosphere, and well-portrayed characters make for a riveting read for both teens and adults. I definitely want to read more of Lois Duncan's novels (and reread those I've read before). ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the premise of the novel. It has some elements that will certainly hold a reader's interest: astral projection, evil twins, disfigured boyfriends, and the like. It's a fun little read, if you're looking for a short book to pass the time. ...more
Nicole Collins
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this in eighth grade over 20 years ago and loved it then just realized the author died last year rip your books were everything to me as a teen and helps remind me of why ive always loved reading!!
N.N. Light
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this years ago and loved the suspense. I just re-read it again and in the exact same places, I shivered. A tad predictable and the story drags a bit. A gripping mystery that'll keep you guessing until the very end.

My Rating: 4 stars
Ashely Sanford
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-absolute-favs
Once again, Lois Duncan gave me a book I could not put down. I loved it! Can't wait to read more like it :) ...more
Mar 18, 2019 added it
Another Lois Duncan from my past...

Like The Third Eye, Stranger With My Face was one of those books I read as a teen. It's suspenseful without thrill, and scary without gore — perfect for me! Laurie lives on Brighton Island in New England with her family, and has a generally normal life. When her boyfriend claims he sees Laurie standing on the beach when she was actually at home with the stomach flu, Laurie is perplexed. More and more of her classmates see "Laurie," and even her little sister M
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this as a kid and think about it all the time. I could never remember the name but decided to google it today for some reason, lol!
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sophia-s-shelf
I loved this book so intensely, it's so compelling and engaging. The suspense and pressure had me yelling out loud at several points. It's been a while since I've made a habit of reading for fun, and this was the perfect book to get back into it. ...more
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something about this book felt wrong. There was a sense of something “old fashioned” about the characters somehow, but not in a way I could really put my finger on. Then I read the interview with the author only to discover this is an updated 2011 edition of a 1981 novel! Why?! Why would you do this?!
The book was very interesting. It was very suspenseful and had several plot twists.
Feb 16, 2018 added it
Rachel Wargo
AP Lang
Mrs. Smeenk
Book Review

Stranger With My Face is an amazing novel that i would surely recommend for many of my friends. This is a typical mystery novel that is exactly what the title is. This girl, Laurie has her life all put together. She has her siblings, and her great parents. She has her group of friends and the popular guy finally has a crush on her. As she goes through her daily life she doesn’t think anything could go wrong, until another her began to appear.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Midnight Club
  • Slumber Party
  • Chain Letter (Chain Letter, #1)
  • The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)
  • Lisa, Bright and Dark
  • Fog (Losing Christina, #1)
  • I'll Be Seeing You
  • Whatever Happened to Janie? (Janie Johnson, #2)
  • The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson, #3)
  • The Lost Mind
  • Le voile de la peur
  • The Ancient Evil (Chain Letter, #2)
  • Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe
  • Silent Night (Silent Night, #1: Fear Street Super Chillers, #2)
  • What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, #4)
  • Janie Face to Face (Janie Johnson, #5)
  • Blind Date
  • One Evil Summer (Fear Street, #25)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Saraso ...more

Related Articles

Angeline Boulley set out over a decade ago to write the story she wanted to read as a young Ojibwe teenager. The result is Firekeeper's Daughter,...
70 likes · 10 comments
“Life continues, and we all of us keep changing and building, toward what we cannot know.” 18 likes
More quotes…