Audiobook review of Five Total Strangers

Posted January 12, 2021 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Audiobook review of Five Total StrangersFive Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards
Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
Genres: Thriller
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on October 6, 2020
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Devon Sorvari
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A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.
When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.
As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she's stuck in the car with don't actually know one another.
Soon, they're not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.

Also by this author: One Was Lost

Still tweaking my CAWPILE button, needing bigger font I think. So do you like the white in the read blocks better?

Here is what I thought

Mira needs to get home and learns a valuable lesson on taking rides from strangers!

Mira needs to make it home for Christmas because it’s the anniversary of her mom’s sister’s death and Mira knows how hard her mom took it and how hard it’s been for her. She meets a lady named Harper on one plane ride and Harper thinks Mira is a college girl and Mira doesn’t tell her different.

When they get to the airport Mira tries to get on her next plane but finds out the weather has cancelled all flights. It’s snowing and turning into a blizzard. Mira isn’t sure what she is going to do and then Harper finds her and she is will three others around the same age as Harper. They are going to take a car and ask Mira if she wants to hitch a ride.

Mira assumes (doesn’t ask) that they are Harpers friends so against her better judgement she says yes because she really wants to get home. Not long after they get started things start to go wrong as the weather is getting really bad and people are starting to have wrecks. They even get involved in a few along the way. The other thing that starts happening is someone is stealing little things from the other passengers and nobody knows who is doing it.

It’s mostly told through the POV of Mira but there are times that we get letters that have been written by someone one in the car to Mira. So we the readers know that someone in that car has it out for her but we have no clue who and soon Mira is beginning to regret taking a ride especially when she finds out they are all strangers as none of them are Harpers friends at all.

First thing that came to my mind at the beginning was Mira did your mother never teach you STRANGER DANGER!!

I liked Mira even though she was very flawed and a bit flaky and I feel that she didn’t think things through very well. The others in the car all had some serious problems which made it hard to try and figure out who might have been the baddie!

I thought it had a pretty decent mystery as it really had me second guessing my guesses…lol. I thought I knew who it was then I wasn’t sure any more and then I was back to thinking it was who I thought it was and so in that respect I thought it was good.

Still it was a bit problematic which kept it from getting a higher rating and that was the fact that Mira didn’t question Harper about the three other people, she just assumed they were her friends. She doesn’t even know Harper so why would you just assume she was meeting friends when she was still trying to make it home. Then that car must have been made like a timex because it took a licking and kept on ticking! They are in a blizzard and were in a couple accidents, but always made it back on the road, the snow is getting deep but still managed to make it to gas stations, etc. They took some back roads and never ran into any drifts. I live out in the country and there are usually drifts so high you will not get a car through them. I feel like I am being very picky this year with my reviews but that is what I kept thinking while reading so I am saying it.

The Narrator

This was my first time with the narrator Devon Sorvari and I really enjoyed her narration. She didn’t really do voices that I could really tell or at least not very noticable but still enjoyable.

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4 responses to “Audiobook review of Five Total Strangers

  1. I was second guessing myself too. and that one strange dude who kept showing up was throwing me off too lol. I thought there were some unrealistic elements but like Barb said it’s a good read for a snow day. 🙂

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