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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
When a Stranger Comes by Karen S Bell is a gripping psychological thriller. Born Gladys Lipschitz, Alexa Wainwright is thrilled to pieces to have her debut novel published, especially when it shoots straight to the top of the bestseller list. She never expected the fame or the money that went with it, but her next work doesn’t reach the same dizzy heights. Fearing the loss of the fame, she vows to do whatever is needed to stay at the top. A lightning bolt strikes, spreading eerie tendrils across the sky and the streets. Unaware that her vow may be seen as greed, she is taken to another reality where her story characters come to life. King Blakemore – publisher or devil? Or both? The lure of a lucrative book deal proves too much for her and she finds herself trapped, unable to escape. Her book contract seems to keep changing its wording, so she can't get out of it, leaving Alexa trying to find a way to get back to her real life. Will she escape or is she stuck with the devil for life, paying for her greed?
When a Stranger Comes by Karen S Bell is a compelling story. It is a gripping thriller, but it's also got the fantastical side to it as well as the paranormal touch, a rare mix that Karen has really made work. This is so original, a truly clever plot that seamlessly blends reality with an alternate reality. It dips and dives, taking you on a journey you will never forget. Karen has developed her characters flawlessly, to a level where you feel as if you know them inside out. Although the story is set partly in an alternate reality, you feel as though it is really happening, as though it could happen to you at any time. More than just a fictional novel, this story takes us on a journey through real-life issues, like greed, like being careful what you wish for. Not everyone is cut out for a life of fame and fortune and some people get taken in – it’s a dangerous world as protagonist Alexa finds out! Fabulous story, so different, so original and so refreshing.