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Strangers [Kindle Edition]

Rosie Thomas
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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"Wonderful - a moving, warm and intelligent love story" (Susan Isaacs)

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Strangers is one of five fantastic Rosie Thomas backlist titles newly repackaged into B format with a beautiful new look in Arrow

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1325 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (13 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HPN3L4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
I initially thought this was going to be a four and a half, possibly even a five star read, but about a third of the way into this book, the lead protagonists and their actions grew so incredibly irritating that I had a complete change of opinion. After a promising start I was left feeling a bit... flat by the end of this book which is such a shame because I'd been looking forward to giving this a shot. The summary on the back cover sounds compelling.

`Strangers' is a classic Rosie Thomas novel focusing on the events of a terrorist bomb blowing up in a department store and two strangers trapped inside, with only each other for comfort. As the injured Annie and Steve cling together for hours awaiting rescue they talk about their lives and each other- Annie's `loveless' marriage to Martin and playboy Steve's past relationships are only a couple of conversations that take place amidst the rubble. The book ultimately poses the ultimate moral dilemma: a married woman with children is `falling in love' with another man, (a complete stranger at that) and the consequences of those actions.

Actually, there were a lot of aspects of this book I really enjoyed at first: initially the characters were actually depicted very well and the plot had so much promise. This isn't just fluffy chick lit and does have some ethical dilemmas which are played out very well to the reader. The aftermath of the terrorist bomb as well, felt very real- its clear Thomas has done a lot of research into the subject as the gritty details are not glossed over in the slightest.

So why only three and a half stars?
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully written book, very moving 21 Sep 2007
I have enjoyed many books by Rosie Thomas but this has to be the best so far, simply for the depth of emotion it is written. I was totally moved by this book and feel the auther suceeds in making it as realistic and as thought provoking as possible. I felt I knew the characters and could feel what they felt. It does not follow a classic 'love story' path and therefore is hard to put down as you become so engrossed, never knowing what will happen. A wonderfully written book, it touches the heart.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, well written book 31 Oct 2007
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Oh what a must read this book is - from start to finish I was hooked by the storyline and the depth of feelings that Rosie Thomas portrays is excellent - the story just seemed to touch me deep down and by the end I was crying
One of the best books I have read for years
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Searing view of the meaning of life 10 Sep 2006
By Gaily H
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It looks like a classic romance from the cover, but this book gives a remarkable view of what it must feel like to be close to death, in a disaster, and how it changes your perspective. Extremely well written and thought provoking. Has a satisfying ending that makes perfect sense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare insight into intimacy 2 Feb 2009
It's unusual to find a study of passionate feeling that is based on such an extraordinary train of events, but Rosie Thomas explains beautifully and convincingly how a fairly good marriage can be turned on its head when one partner becomes attached to a stranger through no fault of her own. One of her very best novels, if not the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 6 Dec 2012
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I love every Rosie Thomas book I read and this is no exception. In true Rosie style I didn't want the boom to end although I did want to know what happened.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis 25 Nov 2008
By Mary_10
Sometimes, the victims of tragedy are the ones who survive. Annie and Steve are from different worlds. She is a wife and mother, he is a wealthy executive with a stream of broken relationships in his wake. They do not know each other exists until one morning, on a shopping expedition, they becomes victims of a bomb blast, thrown together in the debris to fight for their lives. As they lie in the darkness and the rubble, the hours slowly tick by. To ward off fear and death they talk: of everything they have to live for, of their disappointments, loves, failures and their hopes. And so a bond is created that binds them deeper than family, than friends, than lovers. With such strange intimacy, such strange trust, how can they get through the future without each other?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 May 2013
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I love Rosie Thomas's books as a rule but this was dull, dreary, boring. The situation the characters were in was fraught but somehow there was no tension, just pretty boring dialogue and characters who never really came to life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the book immensely - Rosie Thomas is an excellent story teller.
Published 1 month ago by Jessica banner
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangers
Absolutely brilliant! !! I loved every page! !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 2 months ago by Deborah Bassnett
3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting read
This book did to keep me glued to the pages as Rosie Thomas usually does, but having said that, I did enjoy reading "Strangers"
Published 4 months ago by Mrs D. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Download incomplete please help
For some reason this book has left my kindle halfway through reading it. Perhaps you could reinstall it please so that I can carry on reading
Published 4 months ago by philippa pike
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
This book is different and tells the story of what can happen when two people are thrown together and the effects on their relationship with each other and th e it families. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael J Tighe
4.0 out of 5 stars haunting
A complex story of love and family life after tragedy strikes. There are no easy answers, or smooth pathways, just day to day and doing the right thing for your children.
Published 5 months ago by Lainey@winslow
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
Yet another masterpiece from Rosie Thomas.
Haunting in its simplicity, the story has a resonance that echoes in all of us. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars tedious
Really disappointed in this book. No plot to speak of and poor characterisation. Have enjoyed so many of Rosie's books but this left me cold. Did not finish it.
Published 6 months ago by book lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangers sharing an intense experience
One of those books that is slightly harrowing to begin with but fascinating in the observation and development of a relationship between strangers brought together by an... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Annie
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