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You wake up in the morning to discover that you have been sealed into your home. The doors are locked, the windows are barred. THERE'S NO WAY OUT.A madman is playing a deadly game with you and your family. A game with no rules, only consequences. So what do you do? Do you run? Do you hide?OR DO YOU DIE?...

Title : Strangers
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ISBN : 9781490327556
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 372 Pages
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Strangers Reviews

  • Paul Nelson
    2018-10-19 22:37

    To unwittingly become a part of this deadly game, you must have secrets, things that can never be known, something that can destroy your life and there's only one chance for redemption, you must confess. A family suffering the loss of a son, drift through life growing further apart by the day, come the anniversary they attempt some semblance of normality, a stab at family interaction, with a simple meal and some TV. It can't repair that which has crumbled over time but their tainted lives are about to take a shocking plunge into sheer panic. Someone's watching them. They wake in the morning, somethings not right, someone's been in their home. They can't get out, doors won't open, Windows are barred, there's no way out. The nightmare has begun. The first chapter is a crime scene, a sickening crime scene and there's no shortage of police officers waving goodbye to their lunch. This gives a mere taste of the stories assailant and he remains very much on the periphery, orchestrating events. What makes this a truly chilling experience is what happens with our family, two adults, two teenagers and their secrets slowly revealed. It shows that you can never really know someone, not fully, not even those closest to you, especially those closest to you, your partner and even your children. The walls we erect to hide what must never come out and an antagonist who knows it all, everyfuckingthing. This is a totally gripping psychological horror, you just can't put it down or stop listening in my case and I've never, ever, bitten my nails before. You drill it into your kids not to talk to strangers, yet you're never that vigilant as an adult, nothing can happen in your own home, well think again. If you fancy immersing yourself in a truly terrifying story that layers so many shocks and stunning twists then you won't go far wrong with Strangers by Michaelbrent Collings. I've had a number of this authors work waiting to be read and my thanks to those who recommended it, I'll definitely be reading more from MbC. Highly recommended.A 4.5* ratingAlso posted at http://paulnelson.booklikes.com/post/...

  • Bark
    2018-11-07 20:40

    4 1/2 StarsThings aren’t always what they seem.A man returns home after a long day of work, hoping only to get through a painful anniversary by having a quiet dinner and watching a movie with his family. But that doesn’t happen because a madman has other ideas . . . After eating a surprisingly terrible meal from their usual take out place, dad, mom and their two teens all begin to feel sick and sleepy and head off to bed. When they awaken, a nightmare begins. And let me tell you, it does not let up until the very last page is turned.This is a tense story that is filled with terrible secrets. I love reading books about families with soul destroying secrets so I was never once tempted to stop reading even though I didn’t overly care for any of these people. They go through hell in the course of the story but they’re also living empty lives and the more that was revealed about them, the less I sympathized with them. It’s a rather sad look at a family in crises, basically going through the motions and finding happiness in their own destructive ways. None of that slowed down my need to keep reading though because the writing hits you right in the gut and never gives you time to recover. I did love it so.The narration was strong and ominous and spot on for a thriller this dark. I highly recommend the audio version if you’re a fan of them because this one was so well done. It won’t leave you feeling all happy and uplifted but we need some darkness to balance things out, right? With that said, I will leave you with this cheerful quote because it doesn’t seem to want to leave my memory.Love doesn't die all at once, or in big steps, he thought. It dies in tiny pieces, with daily decisions that nip off bits of it like the edges of a living branch until you’ve cut away to the heart of the trunk and then that, too, is gone and there’s nothing left.Ouch! You’re welcome ;)

  • Char
    2018-11-08 15:46

    Thanks to my friend and fellow Kindler, Bill, for the loan!I read this book with my Shelfari group. We have read a few books by this author in the past and liked them. This one was no exception.This was a brutal tale of the isolation of one family; a family that had many secrets to hide. It was a bit too far out to be completely believable, but that didn't bother me. It was extremely fast paced-so much so that I read the entire book in two days. When I was done, I checked out some other reviews, and there seems to be some confusion as to how the prologue fit the story. I have a clear idea of what I thought happened. If anyone wants to talk about it with me, I would love to hear from you!Overall, I think this was a fun, fast paced tale, that was hard to put down. The premise was entertaining and my interest didn't wane at all at any time. This book was just plain fun! Recommend for fans of fast paced horror, tinged with some torture and severe pain.

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-11 16:38

    This book has everything a horror/dark fiction fan could want in a novel! The intense, gut-renching suspense takes off right from the beginning. You might think that at some point it would let up while the author focuses his energies in different directions, but not so! Even while the plot progresses and some things begin to come to light, the mystery and tension continue to build.How well do we really know anyone? What about those in our own family? How many "strangers" do we willingly let into our lives each and every day? These are all questions that you'll find yourself thinking on long after you've finished this novel. The entire novel takes place in one main setting, and yet this atmosphere never needs more--I found myself actually holding my breath during several scenes!This is the third book I've read to date by Michaelbrent Collings, and have not been disappointed in any so far. This is one author that I plan on putting on my "must buy" list for the future. Highly recommended!*originally read July 2013: re-read May 8th, 2014. Still 5 stars!!*

  • The Behrg
    2018-10-14 20:41

    One of the most difficult things about writing in the horror genre is to simultaneously honor the books and stories and ideas that have come before, without ever retreading the same worn path. To at once utilize the tropes of the genre, without falling victim to them."Strangers," a nightmarish home-invasion novel, does just that.Collings knows what you're expecting to happen, and plays against that expectation time and again. With an extremely inventive set-up -- an almost reversal of your "traditional" home invasion tale -- there are some deliciously shocking moments in this novel. While avoiding spoilers, you tie that into the overarching theme and title of the novel, and it's quite a brilliant read. It's always fun to see an author unafraid to go where the story leads (or at least squelch that fear and keep writing through the dark places). And this is a dark place worth checking out. A solid 4.5 out of 5 stars for this highly entertaining read.

  • Pamellia
    2018-10-14 23:36

    Strangers by Michaelbrent Collings Shelfari Horror GroupBegan, unknown Completed, May 4, 2014This book was a weekly read for a book club I read with. Almost did not read this one, but glad I did. Thanks to Matthew for lending me the kindle version of this book. The book begin with a homicide group processing a terrible scene. There are many odd things about this scene, that we do not understand until the end of the book. Apparently the bad guy in this book is looking for the perfect family. When he finds something different, well all hell breaks loose.The story itself is a study of surviving under horrific conditions. Horror of the mind, body and soul...how much worse could it get! I enjoyed the character development in this book. I cared what happened to the family, but I did not really like anyone in the family. For me that is a sign of good writing, which is what we receive throughout this roller-coaster ride which is this book.I would recommend this book to lovers of horror. It's a scary one.

  • AudioBookReviewer
    2018-10-27 17:51

    ABR's full Strangers audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.I knew when Michaelbrent Collings started the book with veteran police officers vomiting everywhere the book was going to be an experience. Michaelbrent has done what few authors have been able to do ---- he scared me half to death and kept me up most of the night thinking about my secrets and who I trust without a second thought.This is about a family who has suffered a devastating loss of an older son and their mechanisms to deal with his death and their now fractured family. On the anniversary of their son’s death, the family once again struggles to become “normal” and fail. Although there are some glints that normalcy has returned it is but an illusion.Waking from a solid night of sleep, a family of four (mom, dad, and 2 teenagers) finds themselves sealed in their home with no escape route. They are tormented and unmercifully tortured by an unknown stranger. Through phone messages left by schools and HR personnel over the course of a week, it becomes clear that no one is coming to help them. Although it is the 21st century their connection to the outside world is tenuous at best – twitter, facebook, texting. NO ONE has cared enough to check on them in the week they have been missing! Although as a reader, one might believe this to be absurd, Michaelbrent undeniably demonstrates otherwise.A hidden stranger playing a deadly game and who has become judge, jury and executioner has decided that only those who confess their secrets willingly will live – moving from room to room searching for a way out, corpses are found, secrets are revealed, and more corpses are made.In reading this horrifying book, you WILL change how you open your door to strangers, who has access to your home, family and secrets! You will no longer be passive because Michaelbrent won’t allow it as he puts the fear of strangers in you!Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.

  • Brad
    2018-11-04 19:30

    I was in love with the premise of this (family wakes up trapped in their own house with a murderer), but Collings doesn't follow-through with his promises, and his characters are super unlikable. The prologue of the book shows the aftermath of the Killer's work, and it's horrifying. Blood everywhere. People hanging from hooks. Dismemberment. It's a promise of grossness and horror that the book doesn't deliver. When we get to the actual kills, they're relatively tame. This could be fine, but the family doesn't even interact with the Killer for real until over halfway through the book. And that's probably one of the two biggest problems with the book--the pacing. We spend three chapters with the main character driving up his driveway. Then the first half of the book is the family running around their home, seeing weird things, but not much is actually happening. Like, yes, this is creepy, but there's nothing moving the story forward. The other problem is the characters. On one level, I get why they're not developed well. I'm not supposed to see Drew as a character--I'm supposed to see him as *my* son, I'm supposed to project my life onto these blank slates. But there wasn't enough of a hook for me, and I found the main character really unlikable. We're led to believe he's having an affair, and then he discovers his wife *is* having an affair. And his only reaction is anger. Which, yes, he should be angry--but he could also feel sad for her. He could also feel hurt. He could feel guilt for staying out late. He could also acknowledge that someone is trying to kill them so maybe this doesn't matter right now. But, no, he just only has anger for her which is both unrealistic and makes him seem like a dick. Then later, he sees his daughter doing webcam stripteases as being worse than infidelity and heroin addiction. Again, his daughter's life is in danger. Collings is trying to make a point about a family not knowing each other as well as they think, but really it feels like a bunch of people who do not have their priorities in line and kind of deserve to be murdered. There were certainly times I was caught up in this book. I think the revelations about the Killer have some interesting bits, and I couldn't put the book down in the final act. But I spent most of the book just hating these people and wondering when we would get to the action and being disappointed when it finally happened. Maybe this is for you. It didn't really work for me.

  • Scott William Taylor
    2018-11-09 22:51

    I'm convinced that most people watch shows like The Jerry Springer Show and Hoarders so they can feel better about them selves. "Sometimes my house is a mess, but it's nothing like that one on Hoarders," we say. So the last thing I thought I'd question after reading Michaelbrent Collings's Strangers, is my skills as a father.Seriously, that's what went through my mind. Collings is in the process of converting his large library of published works into an audiobook format. This is the second I've read/heard. It followed the pattern of his other book I read, The Loon, lots of gore, terrifying situations and we cannot forget the blood (heaven knows Collings doesn't...). ;)I like Collings style. He knows how to pace a story. Sometimes the small details in the dialogue or the subtle descriptions have the most impact. The story revolves around a family trapped in what is normally their most safe environment, their house, but soon their home becomes a prison and we have no idea if anyone will leave alive. What I found interesting is the story could have been written without any of the gore, terrifying situations and the blood. The characters are deep enough--each with personal horrors in their own lives--that the revelations of those secrets could fill the pages of a novel. Of course, it wouldn't be a horror novel, but engaging, just the same.So, how does all this make me question my skills as a father? Collings creates a family where they are basically strangers to each other. They go through the motions of a "normal" family, but that's all. I kept asking myself if I acted in a similar fashion, acting the part, going through the motions. Then all the mayhem begins and those thoughts took a back seat to the action.I'd like to think I'm not that kind of a husband and father, but even the best husband and father can do more. So, if I wake up and my house is shut off from the outside world with a killer on the loose, I'd like to think I'll at least know more about my family as we run from room to room being scared to death.

  • M.L. Roos
    2018-11-12 22:53

    For those of you with a fear of heights, have you ever stepped into an elevator only to realize it was completely glass on the inside and you could see all the way up to the top as you were traveling? The saliva evaporates and your breath gets caught in your throat, your stomach drops, your insides turn to liquid and your heart hammers inside your chest hard enough to break a rib. The intense fear of being inside that elevator, that slow moving elevator that is crawling to your destination as you watch the ground below you shrink in the distance, the intensity of that feeling.......is what happens when you read STRANGERS. Every page, every chapter, every turn, there is an onslaught of action and it does not let up.The only other books I have read that made me feel this were INTENSITY by Dean Koontz and MISERY by Stephen King. Collings is so proficient at what he does, he crooks his finger to get you inside his world and before you know it, you are along for the ride. You don't even see it coming; he is that good.Caught glimpses of WHISPERS by Koontz in here as well. Will not give away the speculation, but Koontz fans will pick it up. Action, suspense, horror, retribution. It's all here.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-03 19:49

    I'm still trying to work my head around the twists and turns of this book and it's been nearly 24 hours since I finished it. I almost don't even know where to begin with my dissection of the plot. Because -- holy smokes -- there's a WHOLE LOT that happens.How about this -- It's incredibly, wonderfully creepy. We get blood and death and SECRETS that spill across the pages. We get a shadowy individual who is so tangled up in the Hughes' lives that they can't make a move without him knowing about it. That right there might be the creepiest thing of all.This person knows everything about them. He knows them better than they know themselves. I can't imagine anything more terrifying.Unless it's being trapped in my own house with a madman on the loose.But, really, what are the chances of THAT happening?Twisty, twisty, twisty with a side order of twist. Like I said, I'm still thinking about it a day later. Also, I might sleep with the lights on tonight.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  • Erin
    2018-10-20 21:32

    Jerry and Ann are an unhappy, wealthy couple - they've lost one of their three children, but have two others, Sheri and Drew.....and they are about to be tested (for their sins) beyond belief. A killer has, rather ingeniously trapped them in their own home and is ready to kill each of them. Can Jerry save his family? Do they deserve to be saved?Well, that seems to be question the book is asking and I would answer with a resounding, "um, yeah," in that none of them have done anything for which they should be terrorized, but Collings's villain feels quite differently and he spills a lot of blood and gore on the way to teaching the family their lessons. This was really just an interesting premise surrounded by garden-variety torture horror, so I can't say it was my favorite.

  • Melissa
    2018-10-23 22:32

    I'm undecided about this book. I did definitely enjoy the story. It was a real page-turner, very edge of the seat feel. But, I didn't like the ending. And I'm not sure how the prologue fit in at all. I was hoping for the story to be about that family. But it seemed to be about a different family completely. Maybe I'm too jaded from reading so much extreme horror, but I just wasn't as disturbed as all the reviews led me to believe I would be. And I also really wanted to know what happened to that family in the prologue. Because what happened to the family in the story was no where near as violent.

  • Bill
    2018-10-24 21:52

    Review for Audible editionStrangers by Michaelbrent Collings is a very good thriller involving deep family secrets, a crazed killer with too much time on his hands and a termite tent. There are a lot of skeletons in this family’s closet and someone has found out about them. Now, they are trapped in a killer’s game and there is no escape and no hope. The only thing left is betrayal and lies. The game has started and it’s time to pay the piper.The characters were well thought out and translated well to the spoken word with very good narration by Jeffrey Kafer. A fast and entertaining ride. 3+ Stars.

  • John
    2018-11-10 20:26

    Overall - 4.5 starsStory - 4.5 starsNarration - 4 starsCreep Factor - 4 starsThis story is relentless! It carries you to a plateau of suspense and doesn't let you relax until the end!

  • Jane Wynne
    2018-11-04 17:43

    A family are trapped inside their own home, victims of a cruel killer's idea of a cat and mouse game. Interesting idea about the secrets people hide from their nearest and dearest.

  • Joe Hempel
    2018-11-02 22:26

    There is a review on my site written by a contributor for one of Michaelbrent Collings books, called Crime Seen. The book seemed kind of interesting, but I never really gave it another thought. After listening to, and sometimes reading along with Strangers, I’m now questioning why I didn’t.Strangers is visceral, there are no punches pulled, and it is most definitely NOT for the faint of heart. There are some tough subject matters to attend to and there are many things that might make one put this down. The violence isn’t really over the top like a lot of the splatter punk, or extreme horror sub-genre books out there, but that kind of makes it all the more real, and all the more disturbing.So what makes this book so disturbing? Without giving so much away, I will talk about the situation the family finds themselves in. They are the model family. Living in the house of their dreams but pretty much keeping to themselves they live a life that on the exterior looks to be perfect. All perfect families seem to have secrets though. The killer seeks to make them confess, or die.The writing is tight, the conflict is incredibly well done, and when things do go wrong (and they go horribly wrong), the violence towards everyone is disturbing.Each character has something to loathe about them as their secrets are revealed. Anger comes out into the open, and the family gets divided forgetting they need each other in order to survive the night. It’s a hell of a ride from page to page, and I can’t wait to read more of his work.Audiobook Review: Now on to the audio. I received this from the narrator, Jeffrey Kafer to review. I’m more than glad I did. There is something about audiobooks for me that take me a minute to get into them. It takes me a minute for my mind to really get wrapped around the story……not this time. The combination of incredible writing and incredibly acting by Kafer pulled me in from the get go.The absolute, cut the air with a knife, tension that Kafer is able to create when the scenes crescendo to climax after climax makes you stick with the story. You think you can just turn it off and come back, but in reality, you’ll need to listen more.He has stated that this was one of the most difficult books to narrate due to some of the more violent scenes and you can really feel that come through. I won’t tell you which scenes here so as not to spoil anything, but you can really tell that the struggle he had during scenes weren’t really acting, but real.The Bottom Line: If you’ve not read Collings, do so. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to grab a piece of his work and dive in. Characters were real, conflict was real, and the violence was disturbing because it wasn’t so over the top. I’ve linked the cover to the audible book because I really think that this book should be experienced. Drop a credit or some cash and be completely entertained, and be careful of who you let into your home.

  • Jami
    2018-11-13 19:46

    A very intense thrillerIf I wasn't already paranoid about who came into my house, I definitely would be after listening to this book. Michaelbrent Collings writes a very believable family, one who suffered a terrible loss the year before. Jerry, the father, wants them to be together on the anniversary of his son's death for a dinner and movie night. But they don't make it past dinner before things go downhill. The family wakes up to find they are trapped in their home by a killer who seems to have thought of everything. And he wants you to confess your deepest darkest secret, if you don't he will expose it for you. It was very easy to imagine what I would do in situations throughout the book, and I was still surprised by the ending.Jeffrey Kafer does a wonderful job with the narration. He is very easy to listen to, you know who is talking at the time, and he even gets the inner monologue in a different tone so there isn't any confusion. Audiobook received for an honest review.

  • Maryann Breedlove
    2018-11-05 15:52

    Another knock out of the ball park for Michaelbrent Collings; master story teller.This story will scare you sh--less. Wrap yourself in the blanket of images this authors words create.Your in your own house with your own family but trapped.. what the h-ll is going on? You will feel yourself walk in the loafers of the father.. you will feel the terror of containment.. you will feel the hope of denial, the incredulity of betrayal and the gut wrenching dread of failure.Spine Chilling Page Turning MUST READ.The reason I did not give this 5 stars is due to a weakness I feel the author succumbed to in the ending of the story. Tsk Tsk Tsk Mr. Collings, adding the b movie version of "no, it can't be, I killed him.. a couple times". you are a better troubadour than that sir.

  • Nicole Wright
    2018-11-03 18:33

    Sure, everyone has a secret or two, but, what if your entire family wakes up trapped inside your home with a mad man in control? The windows are covered, the doors are boarded up and there is no way out. This mad man knows everything about every one of you and is willing to kill you if you do not share your secret with the rest of the family. You are given one chance to share your secret and if you don't, you're dead. In a story that was originally written as a short story and then re-written into a full length novel, it is well-worth the time to read. This is a real page turner and a nail biter. I was up all hours of the night reading this one trying to find out who, if anyone, made it out a live. Excellent read.

  • Jason Thomas
    2018-11-13 19:50

    3.5 StarsHappily, this book doesn't suffer from a lot of the pacing problems that I've found in other works by this author. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, but it also allows those crucial moments where nothing is happening so there's some variety.Still some problems with emotional continuity and people scream way too often, especially as a group. The prologue was misleading, I thought it was the end of this story not another case entirely. Some issues with time - a person cannot be sedated for like a week without needing to have their blood cleaned, etc.Overall, pretty decent.

  • Richard Howard
    2018-10-28 22:34

    The second star is because the author can actually write but this tale is just an exercise in far-fetched sadism. The 'gasp' twist at the end is boringly predictable. None of the characters have personalities that make you empathise with them: they are just there to die gruesomely. I am tired of thrillers in which serial killer types are masterminds with a philosophy. They are generally frighteningly normal and mundane.

  • Deedra
    2018-10-19 16:24

    wasn't sure what I was in for with this book.I thought it would be mostly psychological terror.It's not.It is gruesome,bloody horror...BUT a good read if you can get past that.A madman seals a family inside their house and asks them all to repent of their sin.His punishments are cruel.The suspense is palpable.Jeffery Kafer does a wonderful job with narration."I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."

  • Morandia
    2018-11-11 22:28

    Listened to the audio version of this book. First -the reader was great. Second-finally a recent horror story with NO zombies! What an emotional roller coaster! It was full of twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout! It really begs the question - how well do you really know people? Even those in your own house. I did not see the twists at the end coming. It was a refreshing yet horrifying experience. Well done!

  • Laura Neu
    2018-10-28 16:29

    This book earns five stars for a very specific reason, but I cannot divulge that without spoilers. I can, however, tell you what of it earns a 4-star rating. For one, the book is incredibly vivid. There are several near cinematic moments. The plot and scenes are messy in just the right ways, simple and complex in just the right ways. Read it, as then I'll tell you where the fifth star comes from.

  • Brian Mcclain
    2018-10-27 15:37

    An interesting reverse break-in kind of story where instead of a family coming home and finding they've had a break-in, they find themselves trapped in the home itself. The family has a great deal of issues and secrets and they kind of over-shadow the 'villain' giving it a different perspective than I would've imagined when looking into it.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-26 18:49

    More like 3 1/2 stars. This was one creepy ass book. I was getting claustrophobic reading it. Being sealed in your house with no way out (shudder at the thought) with a killer running around trying to make you reveal your secrets and if you didn't, then bye bye you are dead lol Lots of twists and turns, especially at the end.

  • chelepissbcglobal.net
    2018-10-31 23:45

    ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY FABULOUS.This was one of the scariest thriller-horror books I've ever read and definitely the very best. This was my first experience with this author but it won't be the last. This is a must-read book for everyone. Once you start you won't be able to put it down until the end. I highly, highly recommend this book.

  • Lee
    2018-10-28 15:46

    Mr. Collings is a fabulous author,and to tell more than the synopsis of the book would be to reveal too many spoilers! If you love horror, and I mean GOOD horror, look no further than Mr. Collings. I must also add, I had the pleasure of meeting him recently, and he was extremely kind.

  • Shirley Steiniger
    2018-10-27 17:53

    Interesting story line. We all have secrets...some not bad, some really bad. If everyone had to live without secrets it would be a very strange life. Book deals with the consequences of some secrets.....what could happen if you refuse to divulge your darkest secrets.