The Kindness of Strangers by Julie Newman [arc review]
I have not read a mystery/thriller book since I was a teen (I won't tell you how along ago was that
🤣). The Kindness of Strangers was a nice change of pace!
Deception abounds in Julie Newman's breath-taking new novel. Widow Helen is desperate for a perfect family life, and will do everything she can to get what she wants. A veteran of the Afghanistan conflict Martin is adrift and seemingly without hope - can he ever win back his estranged family? Pregnant teenager Charley is striking out on her own to create a new life for her unborn child, but her mother Lizzie has other ideas. When three seemingly disparate lives connect, the past and the present collide to reveal secrets, lies and how far people are willing to go to hide the truth. Following the gripping and controversial Beware the Cuckoo, Julie Newman's thrilling new novel lifts the lid on the dark past that haunts a seemingly happy household.
When I started reading this book I forgot for good part of it that it was meant to be a thriller, the title doesn't give it away after all. So as the story progressed the book surprised me a lot. Specially the ending. I did not see that twist at the end. Be prepared to have your moral compass tested! 😊
At first, The kindness of Strangers appears to be three different stories and it is not obvious how they connect. As the lives of these three main characters starts to entangle the story becomes more and more interesting and less and less predictable (which is always a good thing).
I felt like Julie Newman took the title of this book and turned it onto its head. The kindness of strangers which is usually seen as wonderful thing, although it is still a nice thing here, has unprecedented consequences. The consequences of kindness cannot always be predicted and will not always be positive...
About the author: Julie Newman was born in East London but now lives a rural life in North Essex. She is married with two children. Her working life has seen her have a variety of jobs, including running her own publishing company. She is the author of the children's book Poppy and the Garden Monster. Julie writes endlessly and when not writing she is reading. Other interests include theatre, music and running. Besides her family, the only thing she loves more than books is Bruce Springsteen.
Release date: April 19, 2018
I received this e-book as part of blog tour with Love Books Group! If you want to read more about the book have a look at the other blogs that highlighted it: