REVIEW: All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth


All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth
Published by Penguin on 16th July 2018.
My rating: 4/5
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After seeing my favourite booktubers championing All These Beautiful Strangers, I wanted so badly to be involved in the publicity for it. As many readers of my blog know, I have a bit of a soft spot for YA and thrillers. When I saw this YA thriller getting lots attention in the US, I had to read it!

All These Beautiful Strangers has: a missing person, a death and a secret society.

If it were a TV show, it would have Gossip Girl and Dynasty Vibes. Imagine rich teenagers being recruited into an elite secret society where they are blackmailed into doing all sorts of terrible things, from setting teachers up to getting other students expelled. What’s even more dark is that these students want to be involved. In some ways, the premise reminded me a little bit of Gilmore Girls and the Life and Death Brigade, only this one was way more creepy and missing Logan Huntzberger.

Charlie Calloway attends posh New England school, Knollwood, and she can’t wait to be an A (anyone else feeling some Pretty Little Liars vibes?). When she’s recruited she thinks she’ll do anything to make it through the tests, all while trying to find out what happened to her missing mother. With every false clue and red herring, the story becomes more complex and I found myself second guessing almost every character.

The perspective flickers between Charlie and her mother, Grace. In each of Grace’s sections, there’s just enough information to tease you but not enough for you to answer any of the blanks until the time is right. If you like a bit of mystery solving, or think you can solve any thriller, then this is a book that will challenge you. I found it so entertaining and despite being almost 500 pages, the story didn’t drag for a single second. Maybe this is because there are so many threads of plot. Another is the rumour of the boy that once died at Knollwood. No one seems to know why or how he died but he seems pretty important to the story.

Although none of the characters are overly likeable, they somehow draw you in. This is a monster of a book, and I mean that in the best way possible. It’s long and twisted so prepare yourself for a binge read.

Love, Jess

Thank you Penguin for sending me a copy for review.

2 comments:

  1. Ooh I'm glad you enjoyed it!! I'm quite intrigued about the mother perspective and how that works, I've not seen that before

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