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I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.  

All These Perfect Strangers

All These Perfect Strangers: A Novel - Aoife Clifford

Oh, I love thrillers and I thought this novel was going to put me on the edge of my seat but I found myself dragging myself through the pages to finish it. There were parts that were well put together and I thought perhaps it was going to turn itself around but as I read, I found myself wondering where exactly this novel was headed. The novel wasn’t able to keep my interest throughout the whole ordeal and I really didn’t care what happened in the end.   I finished it though for I needed to have closure and I wanted to see what happened at the end.   So different and unexpected, the ending turned out to be, funny how that goes.


The novel is told through the eyes of Pen. Meeting with her psychiatrist again, Pen reflects back in time to when she first arrived at college. She is hoping that by meeting with her psychiatrist again, he will assist her attorney with what he needs. Journaling, Pen writes down what occurred in her early days on campus as she meets friends, attends class and tries to fit in. There has been a rash of murders as Screwdriver Man stalks the campus. Funny how all his victims are Pens’ friends. As these victims are discovered, I was surprised at the attitude the characters had surrounding their deaths. It seemed like it was not a big deal which baffled me. I found that my attitude changed also and I didn’t seem to care who died or not. I started to lose interest in what was happening in the novel as the story continued.


Perhaps it was me as I know I was completely confused at the attitude of the characters and the events that were occurring in the novel. Pen, I didn’t trust her and her stories to me seemed to be estranged and so out-of-touch with reality, I didn’t know how far from the truth she was stretching things. I was confused, baffled and indifferent as I tried to piece this novel together. I know this novel was not for me.


I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Random House Chatterbox House Party in exchange for an honest review. #RHMysteryPack