The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale: Preview Verdict

The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale: Preview Verdict

Imagine seeing your loving husband on a dating app. Now imagine that’s the best thing that happens to you all week … This is what happens to Charlie in Pip Drysdale’s The Strangers We Know.

Our Preview readers absolutely LOVED the twists and turns in this story. Nothing and no one is as it seems!

Read some of their highlights here:

This second book written by Pip Drysdale does not let the reader down, I could not put this book down, fast paced lots of twists and turns that will have the reader guessing the outcome throughly enjoyed reading this book – Deborah, NSW, 5 stars

I had to read ‘The Strangers We Know’ fast and in one sitting because I couldn’t stand not knowing what was going on. It is a great thriller. I kept wondering what I would do if I was facing the same situation as Charlie. I found myself holding my breath at times with my mind racing. The story is shocking because it is plausible. I admired the way Charlie sorted out how to progress matters even while suffering anxiety and the natural stress related to her experiences. ‘The Strangers We Know’ reveals how people can hide their true selves and feelings to achieve their objectives. Generally we may experience this at less extreme levels but the possibility is always there. Enjoyed this book to the extent that I am going to read ‘The Sunday Girl’ next. – Sandra, ACT, 5 stars

I recently won an early preview copy of The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale thanks to Better Reading and Simon and Schuster . It’s a thrilling tale of Charlie whom is married to Oliver. She thinks she’s living the perfect life. A great job, good friends, and a great social life. But when she sees a photo on a friends dating app which she knows she took on her honeymoon, her illusions are shattered. Unfortunately her friend swiped right before they could confirm. She then starts a rollercoaster of emotional investigations which slowly reveal the fact does anyone truelly know the people they include in their lives. It is a harrowing tale written in a diary style format. Giving it a real time, scale. Charlie’s illusions of her perfect life are blurred, she no longer knows what’s real or made up and worst of all doesn’t know who she can trust. The body count starts to rise. Will she find out the truth before she too loses her life. It’s a great read which is impossible to put down. I’m dying to read her first novel now. Thanks for the opportunity to read this great book – Janet, NSW, 5 stars

Charlie is an aspiring actress and this twisting tale is amusingly told from a performer’s point of view. The story starts with the ‘pilot’, where in true movie style she meets the dashing Oliver. It ends with a cliffhanger hinting at the drama to unfold in the following ‘episodes’. Out with her besties, Charlie learns of the dating app appearance of her beloved husband Oliver. Cue her heartbreak and panic, ‘ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom’ which also fulfills the function of thematic mood setting music. While her marriage disintegrates and her life unravels we’re introduced to other characters like the reliable Tess, the new friend Brooke, the dastardly Justin, the efficient DCI Holland, the sad Alyssa. Some are typecast, but others are not who they appear to be. As characters go off script plot twists ensue with break-ins, thefts, murder and dodgy financial wheelings and dealings. Becoming a sleuth to evade the police and to discover the truth, Charlie relies on her mantra ‘what would the heroine do?’. Screenplay character ‘action and attitude’ directions are a deft touch, neatly included for added delight and building suspense. The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale – not an extra out of place, every line delivered with finesse. – Anita, QLD, 5 stars

After reading Pip Drysdale’s The Sunday Girl, I was excited to be able to review her next offering, The Strangers We Know. And for me, it didn’t disappoint. We follow Charlie as she searches for the truth after she believes she has spotted her husband on a dating app. I found the twists and turns of the storyline that follow a real rollercoaster of a ride. The Strangers We Know is an enjoyable read which held me captivated right through to the very last page. You should add this one to you ‘to be read’ list! – Belinda, QLD, 5 stars

This is genuinely suspenseful, with a complex plot, and a character who’s completely bewildered by what’s happening to her. Despite many of the twists becoming obvious to the reader before they are “revealed”, there’s a sense of tension and urgency that persists for most of the novel. Charlie’s an interesting character, because although we do empathise with her, some of her own character flaws are right out there from the beginning. Still, even her most foolish behaviour is understandable, and we’re egging her on even as we’re wincing. The plotting is tight, and Drysdale retains tension by keeping the reader immersed in Charlie’s perspective and emotions. There’s a sense of credibility to events; it’s easy enough to imagine an ordinary person experiencing this. The novel sweeps the reader up in Charlie’s dilemma, and keeps them completely engaged until the end. It will likely appeal to a wide range of readers: those who like thrillers, crime novels, or character based stories will all find something to appeal here. I really enjoyed it; it might not be the deepest novel I’ve read recently, but it was hard to put it down while reading. It’s a flat out really good reading experience. – Lorraine, ACT, 5 stars

Amazing read! I loved everything about this book. The characters, the story line, the twists. It had me hooked right from the start and I couldn’t put it down. It’s a story the modern woman can relate to. Scary to think how easily this could happen to someone in real life. I will keep an eye on this author, well done. – Stacie, NSW, 5 stars

Oh my goodness! This book will make you look twice at your husband, partner or friends and wonder if you really know them at all! Charlie appears to have the perfect marriage to Oliver…. until she sees his photo on her friend’s dating app and her world is turned upside down. She sets out to prove her suspicions that he is cheating, however she soon discovers a cheating husband is the least of her problems. This book really takes you for a ride on many twists and turns, and just like Charlie, you won’t know who to trust. I enjoyed the style of writing in the novel, especially how the character Charlie speaks directly to you – the reader. I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down. I must be one of the few people who haven’t read the author’s debut novel but it’s now on the top of my list. I highly recommend this book, and thanks to Better Reading and Simon & Schuster for an advanced copy. – Kim, VIC, 5 stars

This novel is about Charlie and her discovery of her husband cheating, but that is just the start. The first half of the book seems slow moving but then just as you are about to give up… it happens. The suspense, the thrill almost like Gone Girl. I could not put the book down. So I recommend to stick with it as it is well worth it! – Katarzyna, VIC, 5 stars

Wow! What a ride! Like a rollercoaster the plot had twists and turns, ups and downs, and left me breathless. This story will make you think about trust, those we do, those we don’t, and perhaps most importantly trusting our instincts. It will make you think about how the white lies we tell can influence our lives in unforeseeable ways. I’m not normally a thriller reader, but I think I’ve found a new genre to enjoy. I will be adding Pip Drysdale’s first novel to my reading list. – Alice, NSW, 5 stars

I have just finished the book The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale . This is not the usual genre that I would read but I was hooked from Page 2. I loved the main character Charlie – she was a strong personality who I felt empathy for. I loved the style of writing, and as it was such a fast moving book, that the date and time were written regularly throughout the chapters. Not an ending I expected. Would highly recommend anybody to read it- can guarantee you will love it! – Stacey, NSW, 5 stars

Pip Drysdale – you have done it again! When I read The Sunday Girl last year I was instantly a fan and could not wait to get my hands on copy of The Strangers We Know. And again I stayed up way past my bedtime to read this book. And it was absolutely worth all the lost sleep as I could not get enough. This book is headed straight to the top of the bestsellers chart – it is brilliant! I will be recommending The Strangers We Know to anybody that will listen to me!! Imagine seeing a photo that you took of your own husband on your honeymoon on a dating app! This is what happens to Charlie when she is out with the girls on night in London. She keeps telling herself that she is imagining it, but at the same time she can’t forget about it. The more she thinks about it, the more signs she finds that Oliver is betraying her. Up until this point she believed that they had the most perfect of lives. So Charlie does what any woman would do – she joins the app in an attempt to catch him in the act. Little does she know that this is start of her entire life crumbling, and not knowing who to trust or believe. Her picture perfect life is over and she now has to find out who her husband really is. Charlie is thrown into a world that she did not even know existed and has to separate fact from fiction. There are so many twists and red herrings that you will not know how it is all going to end. The story is told from Charlies point of view, in both the past and the present. We learn more about her life with Oliver and her past as the chapters go on. Pip Drysdale is very clever at not giving anything away too soo, and making you think you know exactly what is happening before giving you whiplash when it twists again. A very big thank you to Simon and Schuster and Better Reading for my advanced copy of this fantastic book to read. – Mandy, NSW, 5 stars

This book was so so good! Full of secrets and twists that I did not see coming at all. Charlie, the main character, I adored and I loved reading about her life (past and present) with Oliver. I stayed up late to read this book, I didn’t want to put it down…rushing to turn the pages just to try and figure out what the next twisty turn would be. Pip was brilliant at not giving away anything too soon and that kept this story flowing at a great pace. I’ve already told many friends and family that they need to read this book. Thanks so much! – Jennifer, WA, 5 stars

Charlie thought she was happily married to Oliver when she glimpsed his image as her friend was swiping left through a dating app. She had to find out for sure, didn’t she? Never could she have predicted that, within days, she’d be in a holding cell at Charing Cross Police Station. Pip Drysdale’s second novel is cleverly plotted, with a few red herrings and some brilliant twists to keep even the most astute reader guessing right up to the last chapter. It will have you asking: Do we really know those closest to us? How far can we trust them? And just how vulnerable do all those benign-seeming social media apps make us? A dazzling thriller. – Marianne, NSW, 5 stars

Pip Drysdale’s The Strangers We Know is a thrilling, fast paced, edge of your seat read chock full of twists and turns and surprises galore, with never a dull moment. Set in a thoroughly modern world, this is a classic suspense tale where nothing and no one are as they seem. My favourite part was Charlie’s gritty determination to solve the puzzle and clear her name while her whole world was collapsing around her. 5 stars! – Imogen, VIC, 5 stars

This is Pip Drysdale’s second book and the first I have ever read. “The Strangers We Know “ is an easy read and perfect for the upcoming Christmas holidays. Set in London, the story focuses on a marriage soured by infidelity which twists into a tale of intrigue and Murder. When you think you have it all figured out, the plot twists and turns yet again. For fans of “Gone Girl “ and other domestic noir novels, “The Strangers We Know” is an absolute page turner and if ever adapted to the screen, would become a blockbuster! – Margaret, QLD, 5 stars

Keep me guessing from start to finish. I can see ‘The Strangers We Know’ being made into a movie. It was fast paced, entertaining and had brilliant twists that just hooked you right to the end. I kept thinking is Charlie Carter nuts and imagining everything ….. what meds is she on. Charlie is the main character who is telling us the story like she is talking to you. Loved this style of writing. Her husband Oliver Buchanan was so smooth and got you thinking is he for real. He absolutely loved his wife who thought he was holding secrets from her….. was he, or was he not….. you have to read the book. I will say one thing, you would look twice at people after reading ‘the Strangers We Know’ Also while reading other thrillers that I loved like “Girl in the Window’, ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ and ‘Every Last Lie’ kept popping up into my head. If you like these types of books you would love this one. All up I loved this fast racy thriller that kept me up at night. – Maria, SA, 5 stars

Pip Drysdale you sure know how to keep a reader engaged! The Strangers We Know is a gripping tale of deceit and mistrust and follows Charlie’s journey of discovering just who the closest people to her really are. Charlie narrates the story in first person and speaks directly to the reader, a powerful strategy in which you find yourself on the edge of your seat begging her to continue the truth unveiling. I couldn’t put down The Sunday Girl and this new page turner had me reading every spare minute, and thinking about it when I wasn’t reading! Thank you so much for the early release copy Better Reading and kudos to Drysdale for this utterly compelling read. – Sarah, VIC, 5 stars

If you are in need of a decent night’s sleep or have a lot of work to do it’s probably best to avoid The Strangers We Know – once you start reading this book you won’t be able to put it down! The story is told from the perspective of Charlie, who is happily married to the man of her dreams. That is, until one night when she sees a photo of her husband in a dating app her best friend is scrolling through. Charlie’s world is turned completely upside-down as she comes to the realisation that her loving husband is a complete stranger…and that the same could be said for any number of the people around her. The story is so enthralling and I wanted to do nothing else but read to the end of the book to find out what happens to Charlie. Other than Charlie, we don’t learn a great deal about the supporting characters in the book, which works really well in this instance as it builds the mystery and suspense. The story is well-paced and the writing style is perfect: I loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a compelling, gripping read. – Amanda, QLD, 5 stars

This is one of those books which make you wish you didn’t have other adult responsibilities… couldn’t put it down (except when I really had to)! – Emma, VIC, 5 stars

I didn’t want to put this one down. The Author had me engaged the whole way through with her plot twists. Intend on reading more from this Author now. – Janelle, NSW, 5 stars

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          Publisher details

          The Strangers We Know
          Pip Drysdale
          Simon and Schuster
          Fiction, Thriller
          02 December, 2020


          Imagine seeing your loving husband on a dating app. Now imagine that’s the best thing to happen to you all week … When Charlie sees a man who is the spitting image of her husband Oliver on a dating app, her heart stops. Her first desperate instinct is to tell herself she must be mistaken – after all, she only caught a glimpse from a distance as her friends were laughingly swiping through the men on offer.  But no matter how much she tries to push her fears aside, she can’t because she took that photo. On their honeymoon. She just can’t let it go. Suddenly other signs of betrayal begin to add up and so Charlie does the only thing she can think of to defend her position – she signs up to the app to catch Oliver in the act. But Charlie soon discovers that infidelity is the least of her problems. Nothing is as it seems and nobody is who she thinks they are ... The eagerly awaited new thriller from the bestselling author of The Sunday Girl.
          Pip Drysdale
          About the author

          Pip Drysdale

          Pip Drysdale is a writer, musician and actor who grew up in Africa and Australia. At 20 she moved to New York to study acting, worked in indie films and off-Broadway theatre, started writing songs, and made four records. After graduating with a BA in English, Pip moved to London where she played shows across Europe. In 2015 she started writing books. Her debut novel, The Sunday Girl, was a bestseller and has been published in the United States, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Strangers We Know was also a bestseller and is being developed for television. The Paris Affair is her third book.

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