The Stranger by J.A. Baker #bookreview @thewriterjudeThe Stranger by J.A. Baker
Published by Boldwood Books on September 16, 2023
Genres: Psychological Thrillers
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A village shrouded in mystery. Secrets buried deep....

When Ray moves to a new house in the village of Whitchurch, he wants nothing more than to leave the pain of his old life behind and start a better life in the countryside. The locals might be wary of him at first, but Ray soon realises that sleepy Whitchurch has its own fair share of problems. Last year, a woman’s body was found in the woods nearby. The killer was never caught.

Soon, more suspicious things start to happen. Threatening letters are sent, cars are vandalised and headstones are desecrated. But who is responsible for these acts and why?

As the tension in the village builds, Ray begins to feel the pressure too. Someone is out to cause trouble, and that someone might be closer to Ray than he ever imagined.

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My Thoughts

She has successfully crafted a spine-tingling plot with a fascinating idea and believable characters, as is characteristic of Baker. Her imaginative abilities are both appealing to me. With a surprising conclusion, this book was full of mystery and intrigue. I have undoubtedly found an author to follow.

Thank you to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for allowing me to read and review this book.


About J.A. Baker

J. A. Baker was born and brought up in the North East of England. She has had 15 books published and recently completed book 16.

When she’s not writing and thinking up new and inventive ways of killing off her fictional characters, or looking after her young grandchildren, she can be found pottering around her garden with her madcap dog, Theo or in a coffee shop eating cake with her long suffering husband.