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Book Review: The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale - Reviewed by CloggieA (05 Nov 2019)
5 stars The Strangers We Know is the second novel by Australian/African raised writer, actor and musician, Pip Drysdale. Eighteen months into her (deliriously happy) marriage to gorgeous high-powered businessman, Oliver Buchanan, actress Charlie Carter catches sight of his image as her friend swipes left on her dating app. Charlie could swear it’s a photo of him on their honeymoon, one she took. But there’s a reason Charlie hesitates to confront him directly about it, and her more general question prompts a firm denial. And yet….
These doubts and some other niggles send her to the app to confirm her suspicions. She has to find out for sure, doesn’t she? Never could she have predicted that, within days, she’d be in a holding cell at Charing Cross Police Station. And without plot spoilers, it’s difficult to say more.
In keeping with her protagonist’s career, the format Drysdale adopts for this tale is like the summary of TV series, starting with a Pilot and moving on to subsequent Episodes. Maintaining this theme, Charlie goes to movie plots and Google for information, draws inspiration from movie and TV characters and, when uncertain, plays it out in her head like a movie scene take to help her decide what to do. But: actress, yes; dumb, definitely not.
Pip Drysdale’s second novel is cleverly plotted, with a few red herrings and some brilliant twists to keep even the most astute reader guessing right up to the last chapter. It will have you asking: Do we really know those closest to us? How far can we trust them? And just how vulnerable do all those benign-seeming social media apps make us? A dazzling thriller. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Better Reading Preview and Simon & Schuster Australia.
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