A Familiar Stranger by A. R. Torre

A Familiar Stranger by A. R. Torre is a bumpy ride to say the least.


Lillian Smith lives a boring life; she repeatedly says so herself. Lillian used to write obituaries for celebrities but has fallen out of favour with her employer. And so, now she writes regular obituaries. She feels distant from her son and believes her husband is cheating on her. When Lillian meets an enigmatic man at a coffee shop, she invents a whole new persona for herself and commences her own steamy affair.

From the outset, the reader knows someone will die, but it’s not immediately clear who.

Review of A Familiar Stranger

This domestic thriller has multiple POVs, with Lillian’s being the primary one.

There was a huge twist that totally changed the direction I thought this was going, and it left me gasping. But the character development could have been a bit better. Some of the characters felt like caricatures. And Lillian calling herself boring didn’t exactly make me feel excited to read her story.

Overall, I did enjoy parts of this wild ride of a book. It was a quick read, and I may look at future books by the author. Although, I suspect this one won’t stay with me for very long.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️.5

Expected Publication: 27 September 2022

Thank you to Thomas & Mercer for providing me with an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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