Title: The Strangers We Know
Author: Pip Drysdale
Published: December 1sr 2019, Simon & Schuster Australia
Status: Read December 2019, courtesy Simon & Schuster/Netgalley
“Nothing is ever as it seems, is it?”
When Charlie Carter catches a glimpse of a man who looks like her husband on a dating app, she desperately wants to believe she is mistaken. Since their marriage eighteen months previously, Oliver has been the perfect husband…hardworking, attentive and loving, and she wants his unequivocal denial to be enough.
“You see, that’s the problem with trust issues: eventually you find you can’t trust yourself either.”
But it isn’t. To allay her lingering suspicions, Charlie sets a trap and is devastated when her worst fear is realised. Her marriage is over.
“And that should have been it: rock bottom. A cheating husband and broken dreams. Fair is fair. But no. Life was just getting warmed up.”
Fast-paced with some surprising twists, The Strangers We Know is an entertaining contemporary thriller from Pip Drysdale.
I really enjoyed the plot, and I’m loathe to spoil the surprises it offers. There is an unpredictability that is compelling, if not entirely credible, and I easily read it straight through.
Unfolding from Charlie’s first person perspective, Drysdale exploits the character’s profession as an actress in the structure of the novel, it’s easy to imagine this novel being adapted for the screen. It has a modern sensibility which will appeal to a younger audience, and a classic whodunnit twist to satisfy mystery fans.
Caught in a web of deceit and betrayal, and unsure who to trust, Charlie doesn’t always make smart decisions, which can be frustrating, but her naivety is also relatable, which makes her an appealing character. She is indubitably the star of this novel.
“But here’s the thing with life: You have to get through it. There’s no choice. Eventually, even in real life, the heroine has to win out in the end.”
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4 thoughts on “Review: The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale”
I struggle with books that lack credibility even if the twists are surprising. I want to believe it 100%, you know? The naivety it also a turn off for me, but you said it made the character relatable… hmm. I’m not sure this one would be a good fit for me, but I’m happy you seemed to enjoy most of it. ❤
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?
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It didn’t work for me.
Ooh, sounds like something right up my alley