Blog Tour Review, Not So Perfect Strangers

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the NOT SO PERFECT STRANGERS by L.S. Stratton Blog Tour hosted by 
Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:


Author: L.S. Stratton

Pub. Date: March 28, 2023

Publisher: Union Square & Co.

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 320

Find it: Goodreads


One fateful encounter upends the lives of two women in this tense domestic thriller, a modern spin on Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train that flips the script on race and gender politics.

“I’m a big believer that women should help each other, Tasha,” she says. “Don’t you think?”

Tasha Jenkins has finally found the courage to leave her abusive husband. Taking her teenage son with her, Tasha checks into a hotel the night before their flight out of D.C. and out of Kordell Jenkins’s life forever. But escaping isn’t so easy, and Tasha soon finds herself driving back to her own personal hell. As she is leaving, a white woman pounds on her car window, begging to be let in. Behind the woman, an angry man is in pursuit. Tasha makes a split-second decision that will alter the course of her life: she lets her in and takes off.

Tasha and Madison Gingell may have very different everyday realities, but what they have in common is marriages they need out of. The two women want to help each other, but they have very different ideas of what that means . . .

They are on a collision course that will end in the case files of the D.C. MPD homicide unit. Unraveling the truth of what really happened may be impossible‒and futile. Because what has the truth ever done for women like Tasha and Madison?


My Review

I am such a fan of Strangers on a Train and Alfred Hitchcock and jumped at the chance to read this one.  Updated with a modern twist, I liked that in the updated version with race, religion and gender at the forefront, the author doesn’t lecture us on the social issues, but subtly compares the two by describing their lives. Chapters flip back and forth between the lives of Tasha and Madison, showcasing why their similar lives are really quite different.

Both wives are in abusive relationships and know they need out and when they agree to help each other out, but their ideas of help differ.  The characters are relatable and you even feel sympathetic for their situations.  This turns into quite the cat and mouse game. I only wish the ending was a little less rushed.   But all in all a nice twist on the classic.

Even if you aren’t familiar with Strangers on a Train, this story will appeal to thriller lovers that like a good cat and mouse game.


About L.S. Stratton:

L.S. Stratton is an NAACP Image Award-nominated author and former crime newspaper reporter who has written more than a dozen books under different pen names in just about every genre from thrillers to romance to historical fiction. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, their daughter, and their tuxedo cat.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of NOT SO PERFECT STRANGERS, US Only.

Ends April 4th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Kait Plus Books

Guest Post



IG Post



Review/IG Post


A Dream
Within A Dream

Review & Guest Post



IG Post

Week Two:


A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic



Review/IG Post



IG Review



Review/IG Post



IG Review/FB Review


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