A Familiar Stranger

A Familiar Stranger by A.R. Torre

Title:  A Familiar Stranger
Author:  A.R. Torre
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 275
Date of US Publication: 27 September, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

I devoured this one. I simply couldn’t stop reading this and ignored all my other books for it. 

I’m extremely picky about domestic thrillers. I haven’t had much success in finding titles that really, really work for me. This one almost completely worked for me - I didn’t need the dreaded suspension of disbelief that too many novels suffer from, and I didn’t guess the twist within a few chapters.

Regarding my "almost completely" comment, after reading this, I was still left with certain questions from two incidents in the book that didn’t seem to be addressed again or wrapped up. 

Questions aside, I fully enjoyed this and plan on reading more of this author (this was my first book by the author). 

eARC kindly provided by Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Such a quiet and ordinary wife and mother. Who will even notice what she’s done?

Lillian Smith leads an unexceptional life, writing obituaries and killing time with her inattentive husband and disconnected son. Then she meets David, a handsome stranger, in a coffee shop. Lured into an affair, she invents a new persona, one without strings, deadlines, or brooding husbands.

Lillian has never felt so reckless, unpredictable, or wanted. But as her affair with David intensifies, she withdraws from everything that’s real, even her closest friend. When evidence of her life as a secret lover finds its way onto her son’s social media, she risks ruining much more than her marriage or reputation.

As lies beget lies, Lillian’s two worlds spiral dangerously out of control. And betrayals run deeper than she imagines. Because Lillian isn’t the only one leading a double life.


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