Jul 30, 2016

Book Review: All These Perfect Strangers




You don’t have to believe in ghosts for the dead to haunt you.

You don’t have to be a murderer to be guilty.

Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why.

College life had seemed like a wonderland of sex, drugs and maybe even love. The perfect place to run away from your past and reinvent yourself. But Pen never can run far enough and when friendships are betrayed, her secrets are revealed. The consequences are deadly.

‘This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths, but perhaps all of them were murders. It’s a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So let’s just call them deaths and say I was involved. This story could be told a hundred different ways.’


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I have developed a taste for the suspense genre lately.  I have been listening to a lot of podcasts about cold cases and reading all kinds of books.  When this book was offered to be me by Chatterbox and Random House, I was more then up to the challenge.
I found that ALL THESE PERFECT STRANGERS was very well written but I just couldn't bring myself to care about Pen. I think that part of that was that it was written in first person which is my least favorite style of writing.  That makes it almost impossible for me to emphasize with the character and what she is going through.  

I also found this book to be very slow.  There is some suspense but it builds so slowly that it's easy to just give up on the book before it grows to a point that you even notice it.  Another thing that threw me off was the fact that Pen lives in Australia where the seasons are opposite of the ones here in the States.  I find it hard to imagine the trees starting to get sparse in March as winter comes on.

ALL THESE PERFECT STRANGERS just wasn't too my taste but I can see how some of my readers might really enjoy it.  I would say to give it a try and let me know what your opinion of the book is.  

*** I received this book at no charge from Chatterbox & Random House in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own. 


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