C.L. Taylor’s reputation precedes her, being a bestselling author of multiple dark, pacey thrillers. Strangers explores the intersecting lives of three seemingly disconnected people, as mysteries unravel which draw their lives together in unexpected ways.
The book was first published in April 2020, and shot up the charts in the midst of a nationwide lockdown, hitting #10 on the Sunday Times bestseller list. It also reached #3 on the Amazon charts and #1 on the Apple charts. Strangers was featured in a series of press roundups, including a Daily Mail article on ‘Psycho Thrillers’, a feature by the Times on ‘things to do in lockdown‘, Good Housekeeping’s list of ‘10 bestselling Kindle books‘, and Woman & Home magazine, who called it one of the ‘best thriller books of 2020′.
Taylor recently wrote a piece for The Bookseller about the unique and intense experience of writing during lockdown, which you can read here. She also contributed to a Good Housekeeping article about books that shaped her.
Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.
Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.
None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.
Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.
The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.
Strangers has been met with endless acclaim from reviewers and her peers.
“I’ve read all of C.L. Taylor’s books but this is my favourite so far. With a cast of characters to root for, this masterfully woven story comes together in a thrilling and unexpected climax. I could not put it down.” Fiona Cummins, author
“Imbued with suspense and sharp twists, Strangers is a read-in-one sitting psychological thriller that grips and chills.”
Lucy Clarke, author
“I tore through it in two sittings of frenzied page-turning and afterwards my brain hurt from trying to work out before I end (I didn’t). Her best yet!” Tammy Cohen, author
“I can honestly say that this is one of the best plotted books I have read in a long time. It’s a character driven book with meticulous planning to pull off the ending.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“This book is incredible. Gripping from the very beginning and you just want to read on and on and on! It’s written in such a way where you really feel like you know the characters personally. A must read! EXCELLENT!” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“An irresistibly dark thriller that was full of clever suspense and fascinating characters.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
C.L. Taylor is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages, and optioned for television. Her 2019 novel, Sleep, was a Richard and Judy pick and Sunday Times bestseller. C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son. Her debut YA novel, The Treatment, was published in 2017 by HarperCollins / HQ.
We can’t wait to see what gripping stories C.L. Taylor writes next.