Charity Norman: The Secrets Of Strangers

Today I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of The Secrets Of Strangers as part of the blog tour. It’s written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review the book.


A regular weekday morning veers drastically off-course for a group of strangers whose paths cross in a London café  their lives never to be the same again when an apparently crazed gunman holds them hostage. But there is more to the situation than first meets the eye and as the captives grapple with their own inner demons, the line between right and wrong starts to blur. Will the secrets they keep stop them from escaping with their lives?

Another tense, multi-dimensional drama from the writer of the Richard & Judy bestseller AFTER THE FALL.


This review is one of those rare reviews that must begin with a disclaimer. There are nowhere near enough words in my vocabulary to do The Secrets Of Strangers justice. I can only suggest that you buy a copy and read it yourself.

The Secrets Of Strangers is set almost entirely in a cafe, over the course of one day. I am in awe of the way that Norman managed to hold my attention for the duration of the book, despite the fact that there is very little action or change of scenery. She builds the atmosphere brilliantly and this makes the tension very real. I was holding my breath, hanging on a knife edge to find out what would happen next.

Each of the characters in the cafe are very different, and I enjoyed reading as the stories behind their current situations were revealed. Each chapter is told from a different character’s viewpoint and I was able to gain more insight into their lives. The characters are brilliantly observed and I found something to relate to in them all, even those who live in a very different way to me.

It is very rare that a book makes me cry, but The Secrets Of Strangers completely broke me. The ending in particular made me feel so emotional that it will be a very long time before I am able to leave this book behind.

The Secrets Of Strangers is available from Amazon.

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