BOOK REVIEW: Five Total Strangers by Natalie D Richards

Publication Date: October 6, 2022
Format: Kindle
Genre:  YA Suspense

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
287  pages
Buy:  Kindle | Paperback


Mira needs to get home for the holidays. Badly. But when an incoming blizzard results in a canceled connecting flight, it looks like she might get stuck at the airport indefinitely.

And then Harper, Mira's glamorous seatmate from her initial flight, offers her a ride. Harper and her three friends can drop Mira off on their way home. But as they set off, Mira realizes fellow travelers are all total strangers. And every one of them is hiding something.

Soon, roads go from slippery to terrifying. People's belongings are mysteriously disappearing. Someone in the car is clearly lying, and may even be sabotaging the trip—but why? And can Mira make it home alive, or will this nightmare drive turn fatal?


I found this book on Kindle Unlimited. 

This is Planes, Trains and Automobiles with a sinister twist.  Mira needs to get home for Christmas, she is worried about her mother. Her mothers twin sister just died and now Mira finds that her marriage may have fallen apart as well.  Mira, being in high school thinks that she needs to be there to hold her mother together. So when her plane is delayed she agrees to travel by car with her overly friendly seat mate that she just met and 3 other strangers.  The problem is that one of them has been stalking Mira but Mira doesn't know it.

When things start to go wrong everyone becomes suspect and things do go horribly wrong. One thing after another, some that just jumped the shark for me.  I know this is a YA book and I usually love YA but this one just felt gear to an even younger audience and I had a struggle getting through it. 

The major errors in judgement just kept compounding things taking things from creepy to off the beaten path crazy.  I just had a hard time suspending my disbelief. 

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