Thrillers,  YA Fiction

Five Total Strangers – Natalie D. Richards

5/5 Stars

Mira is forced to take the road less traveled on her way home for the holidays. With a storm brewing and flights being delayed, Mira’s seat neighbor from her last flight, Harper, invites her on a road trip through Pennsylvania to ensure she makes it home in time. Alone with three of Harper’s friends, Mira accepts the invitation and begins the journey home. Only once they’re already on the road entering treacherous conditions does Mira realize that Harper’s friends aren’t friends at all. They’re total strangers. Five total strangers in a car together all with secrets they hide from each other.

With the worsening conditions of the road and the terrifying almost-accidents the travelers come across, Mira is sure that the worst has already hit. That is, until everyone’s belongings start to go missing. It becomes clear quickly that someone in the car is a thief, a liar, and wants to sabotage the trip. What Mira doesn’t know is why?

In the Young Adult thriller, Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards, you’ll question the sanity of every single character–even Mira.

This book absolutely captivated me from start to finish. I stayed up all night long reading it and was beyond excited to recommend it to others. I even had my mom read it to compare thoughts. While she rated it a little lower than I did, months later I still stick by my stance. This book was phenomenally written, and the ending was unbelievably shocking. I literally gasped when I got to the end.

The entire book is written in time with the trip, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what comes next. Each character is uniquely damaged with completely different perspectives. I genuinely couldn’t figure out if I liked any of the characters, but I absolutely loved the story regardless. Nobody in the book can figure out who the odd man out is, and you won’t be able to figure it out either until it’s revealed. There’s so many twists and turns that will throw you off, but it’s so worth it.

I love a good psychological thriller, and I love YA. This book hit all of the marks, and I loved it. LOVED. I fell in love with the flawed characters and their chaotic dynamic during their unforeseen and potentially fatal journey. If you’ve added Five Total Strangers, I hope you fall in love with it, too!

If you’re a fan of Karen McManus and Natasha Preston, Natalie D. Richards is an author you should definitely check out!

If you’ve read Five Total Strangers, leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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