Review: The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub

The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
Pages: 416
Source: Book provided by Edelweiss for review



During the darkest period of her life, Landry Wells found solace in a group of bloggers who had been in her shoes and lived to tell the tale. She’s shared things with her online friends that even her husband and children didn’t know. Things that now, looking back, make her uneasy.

One of the bloggers is dead, victim of a random crime—or was it? Did she trust too easily; reveal too much? At the funeral a thousand miles from home, Landry is about to come face to face at last with the others. These women are her closest confidantes in the world: they understand her; they know everything about her—and one of them might be a cold-blooded killer . . .



Review:  In her gripping new release, author Wendy Corsi Staub delivers yet another thriller that will make readers think twice about the faceless people they deal with online. The Perfect Stranger follows a group of breast cancer bloggers, including sections from their blogs at the beginning of each chapter.

On one hand, it is a testimony to those who battle cancer. On the other, it is an eye-opening tale of what can happen when you share too much information with the wrong person. It is a storyline full of a see-saw of emotions. Just when you think you have everything figured out, a new twist or turn is introduced. It’s a disturbing story when you consider that it is completely possible that it could actually happen in real life.

The story focuses on five main characters, richly detailing their lives. From the start to the finish, this is one storyline that grabs the reader and maintains your attention. Fortunately, the author wraps up all the loose ends in a very unexpected conclusion. If I had to point out anything that distracted from the story, it would be the fact that the switching of characters is abrupt. In spite of this, I found the book to be exceptionally well written and engaging.