January 04, 2022

#BookReview: Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: Unfortunately this one a lot of the time was super boring.  I wished that it would have had more to keep me reading. The characters weren't all that good and I just had to put it down. 

From School Library Journal

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.-Elaine Baran Black, Georgia P.L. Svc., Atlanta╬▒(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"A twisty thrill ride that will leave you breathless. I stayed up after midnight just to see how it all ended." - April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Stolen

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