The Stranger

The Stranger : A gripping story of secrets and lies for fans of The Beekeeper's Promise

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'Wonderfully atmospheric and utterly engrossing. I hardly moved until I had read to the very last word' AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird

'A beautiful and intriguing page-turner, where the secrets of the past cast long shadows. Cornwall springs to life in vivid colour' Dinah Jefferies


Cornwall, 1940.

In the hushed hours of deepest night a young woman is found washed up on the rocks.

Was it a tragic accident? Or should the residents of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in?

In the midst of war three women arrive seeking safety at Penhallow Hall.

Each is looking to escape her past.

But one of them is not there by choice.

As the threat of invasion mounts and the nightly blackouts feel longer and longer, tensions between the close-knit residents rise until dark secrets start to surface.

And no one can predict what their neighbour is capable of . . .

In a house full of strangers, who do you trust?

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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 30mm | 565g
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0718188063
  • 9780718188061
  • 705,022

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A prickly story full of tension * Sunday Express * A well executed, brooding, creepy atmosphere * Sunday Mirror * A sweeping saga of secrets and ghosts * Good Housekeeping * Full of slow-burning tension * Essentials * Rich and atmospheric, like Rebecca this novel casts an enduring spell * Rachel Hore, Sunday Times bestselling author * Praise for The Girl in the Photograph * - * The novel is cinematic, and the vividness of the Cornish landscape and its history of smugglers and pirates add to its charm. An engaging page-turner with a surprising twist at the end * The Lady * So beguiling that I truly didn't want it to end. A captivating novel that pulls you into another time and place -- Penny Parkes Take an isolated house, family secrets, a divine Cornish setting, the tensions of war and you have all the ingredients for a tale where the pages take on a life of their own. The Stranger is wound tight as a clock, ticking down the days leading up to the disappearance of a young woman. It will stay with you long after the last breathtaking pages turn -- Kate Lord Brown Wonderfully atmospheric and utterly engrossing. I hardly moved until I had read to the very last word -- AJ Pearce author of * Dear Mrs Bird * Beautiful and haunting, you'll struggle to put down this mysterious tale * Take a Break * A wonderful, gripping, beautifully written book. From the first page, I didn't want to put it down - and by the second half I literally couldn't put it down -- Katherine Webb With such vivid, mysterious characters and an atmospheric setting, the echoes of Du Maurier's Cornwall are on every page. Brilliant! -- Emylia Hall A beautifully woven, immersive story that completely transported me -- Judith Kinghorn An atmospheric whodunit set in the Second World War * The Sunday Post * An enthralling tale of secrets, the twists and turns will have you hooked to the very last breathtaking page -- Jane Bailey, author of What Was Rescued Beautifully written and unputdownable. I loved it -- Katie Fforde A beautiful and intriguing page-turner, where the secrets of the past cast long shadows. Cornwall springs to life in vivid colour -- Dinah Jefferies A fabulous twisting tale, so beautifully written that the pages practically turned themselves. I couldn't put it down -- Liz Fenwick A beautifully written tale of family secrets, loves and losses, set against the magical Cornish coastline. I loved it -- Amanda Jennings With its vivid Cornwall setting and a house full of shadows, The Stranger has echoes of Daphne Du Maurier but its riveting in its own right * Red Magazine * An evocative whodunnit . . . an absorbing, heart-wrenching romance. This stunning tale about a house of secrets where everyone is guilty of something is both immersive and deeply atmospheric * Fabulous Magazine * Everyone loves unravelling a good mystery and armchair sleuths won't be disappointed with The Stranger * Yours Magazine * Simmers with a forbidding unease that makes it impossible to put down. Creepy and evocative, the mystery builds to a shocking end. Impressive * Heat * Richly textured, with a clever and deeply satisfying conclusion, the influence of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca infuses the The Stranger . . . * Sunday Express * With excellent characters, the novel revels in the magical backdrop of Cornwall, with shades of du Maurier * Daily Mail * Heady with atmosphere, simmering with tension, this novel had me captivated. When I wasn't reading, I was thinking about it, when I was reading, I couldn't think about anything else! -- Jenny Ashcroft As buried secrets and lies unravel, tension begins to mount in this atmospheric and compelling story * Female First * Dark, atmospheric and crackling with period intrigue. The perfect summer read -- Rachel Rhys, author of Richard & Judy Book Club pick Dangerous Crossing
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About Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is a writer and journalist. She is an avid reader of Daphne du Maurier and Agatha Christie, both of whom inspired her first two novels, The Girl in the Photograph and The Shadow Hour. She lives in the Cotswolds, where she writes full-time. The Stranger is her latest book.
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366 ratings
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4 33% (121)
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2 11% (39)
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