Strangers begins with a horrendous murder and then ventures to a broken family, the Hughes. As the story focuses on them and their American Dream of a life, it is tough to connect the two events. Connect they do though.
It is the first anniversary of their son’s death. Life goes from tough to impossible when a killer targets them in a seriously creepy way. They wake to find themselves locked in their prestigious home with no way out. If you are like me you’re thinking that there must be a way out of the house. How could there not be? Well believe me, they couldn’t get out. I am not going to tell you how because that is a major part of this story.
When I realized how they were locked in, I was in disbelief. The things happening wouldn’t be possible in real life. Then I gave myself a swift kick and thought about horror movies. Unrealistic is a part of the genre! Once I changed my thinking, I dug into the story and finished it in one day. I may or may not have read until 3:00 am. There are some surprises towards the end and then BAM, a cliffhanger ending. Luckily there is a second book to continue on where this one leaves off. It is called Stranger Still. If I didn’t have so many books to read at the moment, I would go right on to this one. I have a few more books from Michaelbrent Collings waiting to be read. I think one of them will be my next choice.
If you like horror stories, this is a unique one. What makes it even scarier is thinking of your own family as you are reading about the Hughes family and the atrocities they face. If you are a brave soul, read it late at night in the dark on a Kindle like I did. It adds to the ambiance:)
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