Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards #bookreview #YA #thriller

Title: Five Total Strangers

Author: Natalie D. Richards

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Page Count:  248

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

She thought being stranded was the worst thing that could happen. She was wrong.

Mira needs to get home for the holidays. Badly. But when an incoming blizzard results in a canceled connecting flight, it looks like she might get stuck at the airport indefinitely.

And then Harper, Mira’s glamorous seatmate from her initial flight, offers her a ride. Harper and her three friends can drop Mira off on their way home. But as they set off, Mira realizes fellow travelers are all total strangers. And every one of them is hiding something.

Soon, roads go from slippery to terrifying. People’s belongings are mysteriously disappearing. Someone in the car is clearly lying, and may even be sabotaging the trip—but why? And can Mira make it home alive, or will this nightmare drive turn fatal?

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards is a young adult thriller read. Being the second book by Natalie D. Richards I have come to enjoy her action based thrillers but do not find them without a few flaws each time.

In this book we meet eighteen year old, Mira, who has been living in California and wants to travel to spend the holidays with her mother in Pittsburgh on the east coast. Of course with Christmas holiday travel along the east coast you just may run into some delays with snow impacting the area and that is just what happens to Mira during her journey.

Stuck in New York due to a snowstorm in the area Mira wants to find another way to get to her mother knowing that this holiday is going to be a tough one for her mother. Mira finds that the girl she had met on the plane is in the same situation and Harper plans to drive the rest of the way with her friends, Brecken, Josh and Kayla. While these strangers seem to know each other Mira can’t help but be a little wary of going but she doesn’t seem to have any other options.

Five Total Strangers certainly is a parent’s nightmare, your teen to just hop into a car with people she doesn’t know with of course a snowstorm that “can’t be that bad”. As a reader it is obvious the storm would be that bad but I was still curious as to what else would go wrong for the young protagonist. In the end I did find that this one was one of those books that seemed a bit obvious to me leaving me to rate a little lower at three and half stars. However, loving an action packed escape I would read this author again in the future.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes. Sadly her stories were misplaced for a few years in a maze of cubicles and general office drudgery. Sometimes (often) she wrote fiction when she was supposed to be doing other drudgery-related tasks.

Fortunately for her, some of those stories got published.

When she’s not writing a book with hopes of keeping readers up all night turning pages, you can find her falling asleep while reading, pursuing a hobby as a subpar potter, and wrangling her 126 pound (and counting) dog, Wookiee.

A champion of literacy and a frequent public speaker at libraries, schools, and conferences, Natalie lives in Central Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her wonderful family.

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8 Comments on “Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards #bookreview #YA #thriller

  1. I think I would have rejected this just because of the icy cover, Carrie. It being winter here, I want to immerse myself in books set in warm, preferably tropical, locations. Very fair review, and I will watch for this author in the future. ❤📚

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    • Thanks Sandy! Quite honestly I don’t do many cold ones myself no matter the weather as I just don’t like snow and ice.🤣 I don’t mind once in a while though and I go through a Christmas phase each fall but I definitely understand not wanting to be colder than you already are.🙂

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