The Stranger

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What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Stranger by Kate Riordan. Read by Pippa Bennett-Warner, Hattie Morahan, Gabrielle Glaister, Chris Nelson and Laura Kirman.

When you’re the outsider, who do you trust?

Cornwall, 1940.

For decades, Penhallow Hall has stood frozen in time, protecting the secrets of its isolated inhabitants. But the far corners of England are no shelter from the war, and Penhallow must finally open its doors to strangers.

Three newcomers arrive, each looking to escape their past. They adjust easily to the routine – nightly blackouts, the threat of invasion – but tensions mount and secrets are forced into the open. For one of them is not there by choice. And then, in the hushed hours of deepest night, a young woman is taken by the sea.

Was it simply a tragic accident? Or should the inhabitants of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in?

Critics Review

  • Dark, atmospheric and crackling with period intrigue. The perfect summer read

    Rachel Rhys, author of Richard & Judy Book Club pick Dangerous Crossing
  • As buried secrets and lies unravel, tension begins to mount in this atmospheric and compelling story

    Female First
  • Heady with atmosphere, simmering with tension, this novel had me captivated. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it, when I was reading, I couldn’t think about anything else!

    Jenny Ashcroft
  • With excellent characters, the novel revels in the magical backdrop of Cornwall, with shades of du Maurier

    Daily Mail
  • Richly textured, with a clever and deeply satisfying conclusion, the influence of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca infuses the The Stranger . . .

    Sunday Express
  • Simmers with a forbidding unease that makes it impossible to put down. Creepy and evocative, the mystery builds to a shocking end. Impressive


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