Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Review: The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale

Pip's Drysdale's second novel takes a sophisticated walk into the lives of an aspiring actress and an up and coming businessman. On the surface, it would appear that Charlie has it all--a career in marketing, a possible career as an actress and a charming, sexy and most of all, devoted husband. But when Charlie sees a picture of Oliver on Tinder, a photograph that she took on her honeymoon no less, her world comes crashing down. What follows is twist upon twist and, it seems, that Oliver's infidelity may be the smallest problem of them all.

Set in the world of London's sophisticated upper middle classes, this story has lots of intrigue. The twists are quite interesting, the lives of the characters are far from ordinary, it's questionable who Charlie can trust, if anyone. The story itself has a real addictive quality that kept me reading and wanting to know more right up to the very end. I also loved the way that each chapter represented a supposed episode of a Netflix series based on her life that Charlie was creating. The only real problem with this one is its lack of depth, which often felt at odds with the dark subject matter. Still, many readers will find this an enjoyable summer read.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for my ARC of The Strangers We Know