All These Beautiful Strangers was Pretty Exquisitely Done

all these beautiful strangersI’m a massive fan of books where a character enters an exclusive world and finds that under the surface it’s not as glitzy as it seems. All These Beautiful Strangers not only reflects on the dark secrets of at the heart of this society, it also deals with the very personal unsolved mystery of the protagonist’s missing mother.

When I picked up this book, I noted that the very pages were marked with the words “I KNOW”. From that moment on, I was gripped by the question: know what? This is something that preoccupies the main character throughout. What’s great about this novel is that it layers up the enigma, wrapping each clue up with intrigue and leaving it for the reader to uncover. With flashbacks and seemingly insignificant pieces of the puzzle left in plain sight, it’s very possible to gather where it’s going- however going on that journey is half the fun.

I thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn of the story. The best part about it- by far- was that it never became campy or ridiculous- I’ve read a few other books in this vein and that has become an easy trap to fall into. Not for this book though- while there was plenty of intrigue, it didn’t utterly dispense with reality. My one minor issue in terms of the plot was that it was rather a lonnnng, s l o w reveal. Also, I did guess the end- still it built to such a satisfying conclusion that I didn’t mind in the least.

The characters were mostly decent- though not wholly original. Perhaps rather surprisingly, the most compelling characters for me were the parents. Not only did I feel far more connected to their romance, I also felt like I was seriously invested in their side of the story. Highlight for spoiler: I also don’t know if this makes me a bad person, because the father did sit back and let something terrible happen/didn’t come forward about it after- but I felt he deserved forgiveness by the end because a) he didn’t technically do the deed and b) he suffered enough with the loss of Grace– so yeah, that’s my teeny tiny “complaint” (that’s not even a real complaint).

Overall though, I thought it was an excellent story. I’d definitely recommend it for fans of YA mystery-thrillers- this is right up there as one of the best ones I’ve read.

Rating: 4½/5 bananas


So have you read this? Do you plan to? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

40 thoughts on “All These Beautiful Strangers was Pretty Exquisitely Done

  1. Nice review! Maybe including a small introduction or the book flap summary in the beginning to explain the genre and what the book is about could be a helpful tie-in in the future 🙂


  2. I must confess that I haven’t read any YA thrillers but your review does intrigue me. I do like carefully uncovering – those breadcrumb trails writers leave for us to follow are my favourite thing. Plus I do enjoy feeling rather smug whenever I crack the code so to speak! 😂😂😂 Great review, making a mental note to check this book out! ❤️

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  3. Ooooh, I have this book on my shelf! The cover makes me think I want to read it in spring or summer, so I have earmarked it for the coming warmer season 🙂 You make me want to read it now though 😉

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  4. I’m glad these YA books work for you, but every review you do, even the really gushing ones, just keep reinforcing to me that I can’t handle it.
    I try to not comment too often on them, because I don’t want to rain on your parade 🙂

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    1. hehe no worries! That’s absolutely fine- I try (and hope I manage to) convey what actually is in the book, rather than just getting people to pick up whatever I happen to like. It’s a good thing for me if people can read my positive reviews and think “not for me” cos it (again hopefully) means I’m describing it as is. So don’t worry about raining on my parade 😉

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  5. Great review for this book, I wouldn’t say I was a massive fan of YA mystery/thriller books but the few I have read I’ve loved so I’m definitely going to check this one out, especially after reading such a positive review for it. 😀 It seems like you really enjoyed this one, despite it being really slow paced and despite the fact that you guessed the end (for me trying to guess the end is part of the fun of it all), but it also sounds like the mystery was well written.
    Again great review. 🙂 ❤️

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  6. Such a great review! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed that one, I recently read it and really enjoyed it as well, the mystery was well-done and I was invested in the parents’ story, too 🙂

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  7. Your write up is intriguing for all the book worms. Kindly do a specific review on travel books. Check out my recent blog., will appreciate your response. 🙂


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