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Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Stranger by Kate Riordan. Thanks to Jenny for organising the tour.
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1940, Cornwall, England.
Penhallow Hall shelters a handful of Land Girls, sent to the coast to avoid the horrors of London's Blitz. But the beautiful, arrogant Diana Devlin, impatient with the sleepy village and its placid residents, can't resist the temptation to stir up long-buried secrets.
When a young woman's body is found lying broken on the shore, the promised safety of the Hall is shattered. Was it simply a tragic accident, or did mischief end in murder?
The Stranger is the first book I've read by Kate Riordan so I was unsure of what to expect going in, but I enjoyed her writing style straight away and I loved the beautiful and vivid descriptions. The setting is perfect for the story-line and really sets the scene, making for an atmospheric and entrancing read which transports you straight to the heart of Cornwall and right back to the 1940s.
The book is written from several points of view which enabled me to feel as though I knew the characters. It also makes it all the more intriguing and chilling as all of their secrets start to surface.
The mystery of Diana's disappearance kept me riveted and while it is slightly slower paced than some things that I've read, I felt that it suited the book well and added to the intensity of the plot as it gradually built up to the climax.
Overall, I'm giving The Stranger 4 out of 5. It's atmospheric, haunting and packed with secrets. If you love a historical mystery, I think you'll find this to be a really enjoyable read.
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About the Author
Kate Riordan is a journalist who started out as an editorial assistant at the Guardian, followed by a stint as deputy editor for the Lifestyle section of Time Out. Kate’s first novel, The Girl in the Photograph was published in January 2015 marking an exciting start to her career, followed by her second novel The Shadow Hour. Kate is now a freelance writer and lives in the Cotswolds. https://twitter.com/KateRiordanUK
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