Strays – Book Review

By Sadie Munroe

Darkchild Trilogy#1

Publication date: 17/01/2017
Publisher: Weapenry Co-Op
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Teens



Lindsey Cane is an outcast, always has been. Even her own parents didn’t want her. But after a year on her own, she’s finally ready to put her hated hometown behind her for good and track down her wayward mother. She has questions that need answering. But Lindsey isn’t the only one with mysteries in her past and when Tyler Stratton, a former classmate who has been gracing milk cartons and missing posters for the past year shows up begging for her help, she does what he asks. She keeps him hidden.

Bruised, beaten and covered in strange swirling tattoos that weren’t there before he went missing, Tyler is an enigma and a threat to Lindsey’s carefully built facade of normalcy that has kept her safe. But Tyler has secrets of his own, and there are people looking for him. Dangerous people.

Now Lindsey is trapped. Captured and strapped to a gurney. Frog-marched down sterile white hallways. Locked in a ten-by-ten glass cell. Forced to watch, helpless, as one by one the other prisoners are dragged off for testing. Most come back broken. 

Some don’t come back at all. 

Desperate and scared, Lindsey plots her escape. But there are guards with guns and mysterious men in white lab-coats standing in her way. 

And her fellow prisoners are not what they seem.


This was my first book from Netgalley, so I was pretty excited to read this. After reading like a dozen of romance novels I was definitely looking forward to read a book from a different genre, then description of this book caught my eye and I requested it. And I am quite happy that I did.

The narrative of the novel shifts between Then and Now, and that is a different kind of narrative giving the fact that most of the novels that I have read, are generally separated into point of views of two different people.  So this was a nice plus point for me. This kind of narrative definitely helped to build up suspense, because some facts were given through Now and then the narrative shifts to Then, 

The first part of the novel very beautifully describes the emotions of Lindsey, who has always been considered a outcast, who no one loves in this town because they believe that her mother betrayed her father, the golden child of the town. The pain of living a life without her parents, the fact that she can’t even live with the only man who made her feel alive, was expressed really well. The first part was quite emotionally, but not overly so.

“She’d been messed up back then. There’d been something wrong with her. It was why her mother had left and why her father had hated her. It was the reason why he was gone.”

Right from the beginning of the novel the suspense is well created and the want to know more was build up. But I felt that the last 80 or so pages were the most riveting and engaging part of the novel, because I was not  just able to keep down the book. Last part had some really unpredictable and thrilling twist. Last part definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. 

“Lindsey found herself panting, her heart a jackrabbit in her chest.”

The end disappointed me a bit because there were quite a few unanswered questions. Mostly I made assumptions to answer these unanswered questions. But there was no way of knowing if these assumptions were correct or not. So that kind of annoyed me a bit because, I was quite enjoying the novel and then suddenly an abrupt ending. But like I said that if you read this novel you would be able to make plausible assumptions. So the end might not feel bad.

Overall I would say that I quite liked this novel, it was thrilling and engaging, and unpredictable. So I definitely recommend it.



(4 stars)

*I got this book from the publisher via Netgalley.*


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