Review of Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards (paperback)



Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.

When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.

As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she’s stuck in the car with don’t actually know one another.

Soon, they’re not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.




I love books that are fast paced. I never want to put them down. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Natalie D. Richards so far. While I did guess correctly on who was most dangerous, I did find myself doubting and wondering if was wrong.

Mira left San Diego to return home to her mom. There is a snowstorm and the flights were all cancelled from her layover stop. She met a girl, Harper, on the plane who was renting a car. Mira knew her mom would be upset since she lost her twin sister the previous Christmas. Harper met three others, Brecken, Josh, and Kayla and they all decided to ride together. Things start going wrong right away. They cannot get home and narrowly miss a big accident. Luckily they were able to crush through other cars. Their stop at a gas station went really bad. That’s when the first thing goes missing. Everyone starts to find a missing item and they turn on each other a bit. Mira had been feeling off since she got into the car. She knew something was wrong and she wasn’t sure that she could trust any of the strangers with her. In between some chapters, we read letters that were written to Mira that she never received. Those letters give us a bit of insight into who might be in the car with them or following them.

I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to Firereads/Sourcebooks Fire for my review copy.

Warnings for cancer, addiction, blood/cuts, car accidents, depression, and death.


Have you read this?  Is it on your TBR?  Have you read any other books by Natalie D. Richards?





Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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