Monday, 30 January 2017

Review: Strays by Sadie Munroe

by Sadie Munroe
Release Date: January 17th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon]

Lindsey Cane is an outcast, always has been. Even her own parents didn't want her. But after a year on her own, she's finally ready to put her hated hometown behind her for good and track down her wayward mother. She has questions that need answering. But Lindsey isn't the only one with mysteries in her past and when Tyler Stratton, a former classmate who has been gracing milk cartons and missing posters for the past year shows up begging for her help, she does what he asks. She keeps him hidden.

Bruised, beaten and covered in strange swirling tattoos that weren't there before he went missing, Tyler is an enigma and a threat to Lindsey's carefully built facade of normalcy that has kept her safe. But Tyler has secrets of his own, and there are people looking for him. Dangerous people.

Now Lindsey is trapped. Captured and strapped to a gurney. Frog-marched down sterile white hallways. Locked in a ten-by-ten glass cell. Forced to watch, helpless, as one by one the other prisoners are dragged off for testing. Most come back broken.

Some don’t come back at all.

Desperate and scared, Lindsey plots her escape. But there are guards with guns and mysterious men in white lab-coats standing in her way.

And her fellow prisoners are not what they seem.

"Lindsey heard the voices in the hallway and stifled a groan as she tugged her jacket on. She knew who they were—well, who one of them was, at least—and she didn’t want to talk to them."

If you haven't read my review on Sadie Munroe's debut novel, All It Takes, you are missing out! When I first picked up her debut, I was instantly warmed with her well-written and realistic characters and also All It Takes' plot, which felt so true and close to home that I, for a moment, felt like it was non-fiction. It focused on two real characters who were struggling with common but rarely spoken-of dilemmas. It was amazing to read, and while I followed her journey for months leading up to the release of STRAYS, her second novel, I absolutely could not wait to dive into it the moment I got it!

"I need to know why they’re doing this,” Lindsey said. “I need to know what’s going on."

With STRAYS, Sadie Munroe delivers something completely different from that of All It Takes. A mystery, a thriller, and parts supernatural, STRAYS was something completely new and I enjoyed the journey from beginning to end. First and foremost, I loved the transitions between "THEN" and "NOW". It gave the story not only a solid foundation, but was an excellent way to see further into Lindsey's character. I also enjoyed how I slowly learned about what was going on along with Lindsey, as she gave better insight to her meeting of Tyler and all the crazy events that led to her current position - being locked away and guarded. Additionally, upon reaching the end, I was left with a need to learn more. I strongly feel that there is still so much more to explore and absolutely cannot wait to read the second in the Darkchild trilogy!

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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1 comment

  1. Oh I totally love the combination of thriller and supernatural! And especially when it involved characters you can connect with easily! Sounds wonderful!

    Lovely review :)