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Five Strangers

(2021)
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Five strangers witness a brutal murder in broad daylight — but can they truly believe what they saw?

With its grassy hills and breathtaking city views, London’s Hampstead Heath is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends and loved ones—and on an unseasonably warm Valentine’s Day, the lawns are especially full. So when an aggressive lovers’ quarrel breaks out, there’s an audience of park goers nearby to hear the shouts traded back and forth, and to watch as the violence escalates suddenly to murder, then suicide. 

For the five strangers who observed the gruesome act, the memory of the gore is unshakable. But one of them—disgraced journalist Jen Hunter—is compelled to question the truth of what she thought she saw. Are the facts of the case plain as day, or were they obscured, in the moment, by the glaring sunlight?

As she mounts an obsessive investigation for a seemingly-impossible alternative, the lives of the other witnesses begin to unravel, each in its own particular way. Soon one thing becomes clear: the crime they witnessed was more terrible, more twisted, and more far-reaching than they ever could have imagined.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Five Strangers opens with a vicious death, then blindsides you on a twisted journey of possession and danger. I read it in one day." - Rachael Blok

"Both a tightly-plotted, entertaining work of suspense and an unflinching study of the trauma of witnessing violence, FIVE STRANGERS had me gripped from the first shocking chapter." - Louise Candlish

"An 'of-the-moment' mystery which keeps you wondering until the final page." - Jane Corry

"Following a startlingly original opening, this tense mystery reels you in and never lets go!" - Abby Davies

"A twisty, dark, urban thriller." - Cass Green

"It starts with a chilling act of murder and continues with twist after twist." - Claire McGowan

"Meticulously plotted with an ending I really didn’t see coming." - Sarah Vaughan

"An original, twisty and atmospheric thriller, packed with secrets and toxic relationships." - Roz Watkins

"From its gripping first chapter, reminiscent of Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love, Five Strangers took me on a breathless, twisting ride. So perfectly pitched it gave me vertigo." - Kate Weinberg


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October 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: Five Strangers
Author(s): E V Adamson
ISBN: 1-61316-242-1 / 978-1-61316-242-2 (USA edition)
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May 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Five Strangers: a gripping psychological thriller for 2021 that you won't be able to put down!
Author(s): E V Adamson
ISBN: 0-00-843926-5 / 978-0-00-843926-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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October 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Five Strangers
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Title: Five Strangers
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Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Five Strangers
Author(s): E V Adamson
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Five Strangers
Author(s): E V Adamson
Publisher: HarperCollins
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October 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Five Strangers
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Title: Five Strangers: the latest gripping new debut psychological thriller for 2021 that you won't be able to put down!
Author(s): E V Adamson
Publisher: HarperCollins
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