What I loved most about The Secrets of Strangers was the intricately woven slow build of the story - the gradual release of characters histories and motivations allows the readers to build the picture themselves over the course of the novel and allows for some independent detective work that many thrillers don’t.
The idea of a gunman shooting in an enclosed space is one that is becoming increasingly common in our newspapers in today’s world, and Charity Norman takes this devastating scenario and gives it a beating pulse. She creates characters the readers can empathise with, hate, love and gives them all a fleshed out back story - there are no throwaway set dressing characters here.
I don’t want to give too much away about the book, as part of the joy of reading it is that the plot gradually enfolds before your eyes. What I will say is this is a book that will stay with you long after you close that final page.