The Strangers – Ursula Archer & Arno Strobel

Why aren’t more books in this beautiful turquoise/yellow combo?

A big thank you to Minotaur Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

THE STRANGERS – Ursula Archer & Arno Strobel (Released January 9th, 2018)

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My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

This was my first book by Ursula Archer and I absolutely loved it! 2018 is the year to branch out into more authors and genres – this is a German thriller and it was definitely different than the Scandinavian crime thrillers we’re all used to. This he said/she said thriller had a great and original vibe to it!

What would you do if a man you do not recognize tells you that he’s your fiance? Do you believe him? This is Joanna’s reality. Erik claims to be her fiance, but why does her home suggest that she lives alone? Why can’t she remember him? Joanna is filled with the overwhelming urge to run or to attack – but who can she trust?

This is one of those novels where it’s best to go into it without knowing more than you need to. This is a quintessential he said/she said suspense novel – with two unreliable narrators you are in for a suspenseful and page-turning read. In the classic domestic drama/thriller style, we bounce back and for between Joanna and Erik. I don’t know how Archer and Strobel managed to do it, but I found myself fearing for Joanna and then feeling bad for Erik in the next chapter.

The pacing was great – there was a portion that felt like a lull but nothing that threw off the overall tempo of the book. I know that the ending will probably have people torn and won’t be what everyone will like, but I thought it was a great twist!

Overall, if you love a great he said/she said thriller with unreliable narrators, then you should pick u THE STRANGERS! If you want a suspense novel that will keep you guessing until the end, then make sure to add this one to your TBR.

What do you think of the he said/she said thrillers?

–Jess

 

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