Five Total Stangers by Natalie D. Richards
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 3.6 stars
Summary: A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.
When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.
As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she’s stuck in the car with don’t actually know one another.
Soon, they’re not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.
Five total strangers (duh) take a road trip to get home when all flights get cancelled on Christmas eve because of the weather. At first Mira, our protagonist doesn’t know this, but as road trip keeps getting into trouble after trouble, stuff disappears and such, she begins questioning her fellow travelers while she starts discovering they all have secrets. Will she arrive home safe or will something happen?
The idea of the book sounded to me incredibly appealing, but something about the execution didn’t work. As i tried to read i found myself struggling to go through the pages, and it is only 320 pages long. I never read any books from the author before but i guess it had something to do with the way it was written.
Don’t get me wrong, i did want to know who was trying to savotage they trip the way it was happening, and also the way the savotaging was happening seemed pretty plausible.
As you get into the book you discover someone is truly there to harm someone and it kept me guessing until the very last moment, in which i was truly surprised by the person doing this.
I cared about some of the characters, especially the protagonist and other two, while one of them resulted to be the person behind what was happening which made me sort of sad and disappointed.
You see, the book is pretty good and the mystery is there, the expectation, the suspense. But i didn’t enjoy the way it was written. I just couldn’t connect with it. I can see though why some people liked it. Maybe i just read it at the wrong time, or it just wasn’t the kind of book i look for usually.
I don’t know if i would recommend this book to other because i didn’t enjoy much of the way it is written and for me the writting is one of the mos important things in a book. But it also keeps you guessing so i think f you really like mystery you should try it.
My personal reting for the book will be around the 3 starts, maybe 3.25.
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