The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub is a 2014 Harper Collins publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss for review purposes.
It's hard to imagine a diagnosis of cancer, a struggle to remain optimistic, especially around your family and close friends. Having someone to talk to who you can really, really open up to and speak freely with are those who are going through the same thing you are. Meredith found a group of wonderful ladies to blog with about their breast cancer battles. But, when Meredith dies suddenly the ladies are stunned to learn it wasn't the cancer, it was a home invasion robbery. Their online friend was dead because of a blow to the head. Now everyone is under the microscope as the police try to determine what really happened.
After forging such a close bond with one another, the ladies feel compelled to gather face to face to pay their respects to Meredith. Landry appears to have the most stable home life of the other women and when she travels a long way from home to attend the funeral, she can't get her husband's warnings about online scams and predators out of her head. But surely none of these cancer survivors would be a killer?
This story is suspenseful and has more suspects than you have thought. It was also a very emotional story as we are given insight into the private thoughts these women have as they go through the shock of discovering they are sick, to deciding what treatment is best, to coping with everyday life issues. These women bonded in such a special way it was hard to see that nearly destroyed because they became so paranoid about each other and felt they couldn't trust their special online friends. Naturally, there were those close to the victim who needed to be looked at as well. So, the guessing game never stops. In the course of a murder investigation the police must probe into the personal lives of the victim and those closest to them so there were some secrets exposed, and this causes more suspicion . I did enjoy the story, there was some things that happened which would make this a good book club read. Occasionally the story stalled here and there and sometimes I had trouble with the online names and real names. I can't go into details but I was really disappointed in some people in the story no matter what their intentions were . I don't think the good outweighed the bad on that front, but at least something good did come out of something bad. (if that makes any sense) I was happy to see the victim's family get some peace and hopefully some of their personal problems will be resolved so that they can live a happier life in the future. This one is a 3.5 rounded to 4