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The Second Stranger

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408725221

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 19th January 2023

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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‘Fresh, gripping and addictive! An absolute gem’ ALLIE REYNOLDS

‘If there is a finer crime debut this year, it will be a surprise’ DAILY MAIL

‘Clever and bold’ LISA GARDNER

‘The book everyone’s going to be talking about’ KAREN DIONNE

‘A brilliant debut from an excellent new voice ‘ MY WEEKLY


Remie Yorke has one shift left at the Mackinnon Hotel in the remote Scottish Highlands before she leaves for good. Then Storm Ezra hits.

As temperatures plummet and phone lines go down, an injured man stumbles inside. PC Don Gaines was in a terrible accident on the mountain road. The only other survivor: the prisoner his team was transporting.

When a second stranger arrives, Remie reluctantly lets him in from the blizzard. He, too, is hurt. He claims to be a police officer. His name is also Don Gaines.

Someone is lying and, with no means of escape, Remie must work out who. If the cold doesn’t kill her, one of these men will get there first . . .

What real readers are saying about The Second Stranger

‘Plenty of heart-stopping moments, twists and turns. A fast-paced story, atmospheric, intriguing, with a great ending. I loved it’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ &#11088

‘I enjoyed the excellent descriptions of the hotel, weather and conditions . . . I felt every gust of wind and slammed door’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ &#11088

‘A swiftly moving and menacing plot. The remote, atmospheric and unsettling backdrop make this eerie, chilling and unpredictable suspense’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ &#11088

‘The suspense and drama build throughout . . . Very clever and unexpected’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ &#11088

‘I could not put it down. Would definitely recommend!’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ &#11088


You'll wonder what the hell's going on in this tense thriller
The Sun
Break out the superlatives! The Second Stranger absolutely blew me away. This superb thriller is the book everyone's going to be talking about, a brilliant, tense, twisty, atmospheric, and utterly compelling debut from a major new voice in crime fiction. Just read it
Karen Dionne, author of THE WICKED SISTER
Crime Monthly
Will keep you guessing
Belfast Telegraph
If there is a finer crime debut this year, it will be a surprise, for this story set in a remote hotel in the remote Scottish Highlands during a blizzard is stunning . . . There are shades of the great 1948 American film Key Largo as the serpentine story unfolds, and this is not only every bit as gripping, it also boasts a heroine whose resilience warms the blood
Daily Mail
From the evocative setting to the clever plot, this locked room mystery is a brilliant debut from an excellent new voice in the world of crime fiction
My Weekly
Oh my goodness, this is one heart-pounding locked-room thriller of a read! Who do you believe? Who is telling the truth?... This is one hell of a read and so, so scary
Bishop's Stortford Independent
The Second Stranger has an incredibly fun concept: two strangers both claiming to be the same person. This original and enticing premise kept me glued to the pages, trying to guess which of the men was who they said they were, and what would happen when the two finally met. I loved the setting of a remote hotel in the Scottish highlands during a winter storm with the phonelines down, the road blocked and the threat of an avalanche imminent. The main character, Remie Yorke, is a strong female, resourceful and determined. She was likeable and sympathetic and I rooted for her! The story is fast-paced and action-packed. The surprises kept coming and I could not predict the ending. Fresh, gripping and addictive! An absolute gem of a crime novel!
Allie Reynolds, author of SHIVER
Clever and bold. The Second Stranger starts with a shiver of dangerous uncertainty before exploding into full on murder and mayhem. Anything you think you know, you don't
Lisa Gardner, author of ONE STEP TOO FAR
A fast-paced icy locked-room thriller, ideal for fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley
Candis Magazine
An impressive debut thriller shot through with a menace that makes its Highlands hotel setting feel like a house of cards. The tension winds ever tighter as the storm strengthens its grip and the cracks start to show - in the illusion of warmth and safety, the mask of the murderer, and the frozen landscape itself
Emma Styles, author of NO COUNTRY FOR GIRLS