Five Total Strangers

Sourcebooks/Fire. Oct. 2020. 320p. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781492657217.
Gr 9 Up–High school senior Mira just wants to get home for Christmas. The one-year anniversary of her beloved aunt’s death is rapidly approaching, and she must get home so her fragile mother isn’t alone. After a massive blizzard grounds all air traffic, Mira reluctantly accepts a ride with her seatmate Harper, a chic, fast-talking college student who nattered to Mira the entire flight. Harper, Mira, and three other students climb into the rented SUV and head west from Newark, NJ, to Pittsburgh, PA. They are five total strangers driving off into one of the worst snowstorms in recent memory. But something isn’t right—Mira can feel it. As feelings of paranoia and deep dread settle over the treacherous car ride, things quickly go from bad to the very worst. Richards has crafted a page-turning thriller that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Mira is a strong protagonist who is not a passive bystander. She is fully engaged even when she is ignoring every gut instinct to get out of the car. The resolution seems to come a bit too quickly; the action could easily continue for another 20–30 pages.
VERDICT Richards’s text sustains the suspenseful mood from the very start to the final pages—just the kind of fun book one needs for a hot summer day or a cold winter’s night.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing