Review: Stranger by Keren David

Switching between 1904 and 1994 in Astor, Ontario, Stranger follows the story of two girls who’s lives combine through more than just blood.

1904: When a filthy and naked boy comes out of the woods, Emmy strongly believes he’s no threat while everyone else thinks his lack of memory means he’s danger. What will happen to him, and how far will Emmy go to protect him?

1994: Megan has come to Astor for her great grandmas 105th birthday, she soon begins exploring Astors well hidden and mysterious past while hiding something herself…

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I got to read this joy of a book early. Ever since I read the synopsis however long ago, I knew it was a must read. I went into Stranger with high hopes, but it absolutely blew me away, surpassing all of my expectations. I’ve been trying to think of how to best describe my feelings for this wonderful creation but it’s just impossible. I cannot think of any faults, the writing was beautiful and Keren weaved the plot and every description flawlessly.

I can’t believe how well this book flowed and how perfectly all of the events came together. This book started out by gripping me like no other, every scene was vivid in my mind and the further I read, the more intricate the plot got while still being really easy to follow. I was amazed at how Keren developed this story to result in no questions left unanswered. There was just enough detail that it didn’t drag or feel heavy to read, which is something that’s important to me when tucking into a book as I don’t have the best attention span. I didn’t get through Stranger as quickly as I’d have wanted to as I was very busy, however each time I picked it up I knew exactly what was going on without having to go back a few pages to remind myself. I loved the historical element, which is something I feel is lacking in YA so I’m always happy to dig in to one.

Of course I have to mention the beautiful cover! I think it is stunning and fits so well with the books contents. The setting of Stranger is ideal for the events that take place.

Stranger is a book I will be highly encouraging everyone to read. It’s a book that I will very likely re-read, which is something I rarely do – I already have too many unread books to get through! It’s a book that will stick with me for a long time and I will no doubt be checking out the authors other books. Stranger is a masterpiece. This is one you do not want to miss out on. One of the easiest 5 star ratings I will give.

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