Stranded by Stuart James – review.


What could be more innocent than going on a family holiday?

As a family drive along a quiet country lane on their way to the airport, they meet a stranger standing alone in the middle of the road.

Steering them along another path, he tells the driver, Ben, that a tree has fallen and there’s no way through.

But as they make their way along the diverted route, they come across a coach blocking the road.

Getting out of the car Ben goes to investigate and is horrified to find the passengers tied to their seats.

Then a discarded phone starts to ring…

If Ben calls the police, everyone on board will die.

Let the horrific game begin…

About the author

Stuart James is also the bestselling author of Apartment 6 and the award-winning The House On Rectory Lane. Stranded is a gripping and twisty psychological thriller which fans of authors like Mark Edwards, Teresa Driscoll Rachel Abbott and are sure to love.

My thoughts

‘Stranded’ is a book full of nonstop horrific thrills and action! At no point did the tension ease and it was definitely a white knuckle ride. As soon as hero, Ben pulled over in the car with his family, I couldn’t put this book down. The opening also gave a gripping insight into the antagonist we were going to be dealing with – intriguing and scary.

I absolutely loved the back-in-time chapters which gave me a real insight into each of the characters involved and these chapters definitely didn’t slow the pace down. Themes include justice and retribution, and there are lashings of terrifying horror. As I read, I could smell the decay and pain as the descriptions were so, so, good!

One thing that heightened everything was the setting. Although I had a sense of the outdoors with expanses of land, it remained claustrophobic all the way through. Control by mind game comes to mind.

I’d put this book into the psychological horror category and there is a mass of action thriller too. The ending is stunning – not beautiful, more stun gun – mwahaha. It’s sick, twisted and compellingly page turning!

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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3 Responses to Stranded by Stuart James – review.

  1. Pingback: Trust Me by Sheryl Browne- review. | Carla Kovach – Author

  2. gibbothegreat58 says:

    I totally agree with your review, my best read of 2020.

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