I grabbed this middle grade novel not knowing anything about it. The cover looked cool, and that was really all I needed to know.
This book is about three kids; Chess, Emma, and Finn. They come home from school to find their mother stressing out in a way they’ve never seen before. She tells them that three other kids in a different state have been kidnapped. They seem to be the same kids as our main characters, except they’re from Arizona, not Ohio.
The next day, their mom has to go away on a business trip, for an undisclosed amount of time. But soon after, the kids find out she wasn’t sure if she’d ever come back, and left a lot of stuff she should have for work at home. It becomes the kids’ job to find their mom and their doppelgängers, no matter how far away they are.
This book really threw me for a loop, because I did not expect it to get as intense as it did! It was so much fun, but there was a lot of darkness and danger that I didn’t realize would be in it. I see a lot of the Baudelaire children in Chess, Emma, and Finn, and it’s great to see characters like that in such a new situation.
While I’m excited to read more about the Greystones, book two doesn’t come out until April of 2020, so you’ve got a bit of time to pick up The Strangers. I highly recommend adding it to your TBR!
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