Five Total Strangers

320 pages

English language

Published Jan. 2, 2020 by Sourcebooks, Incorporated.

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2 stars (2 reviews)

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?

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Good Premise that Fell Short on Execution

2 stars

This was a good premise that needed better characterization or a better twist to elevate it. I didn't feel like I got a very good sense of Mira or Josh's characters. The prose leaned on a handful of descriptive words in a way that became repetitive.

This was a very atmospheric book to listen to on a long drive, and I enjoyed that aspect.

What was the moral here, don't trust your instincts? Is that a good thing to teach young women?

Note on the audiobook edition: At first I felt the reader was overenunciating, but I got used to it quickly.

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