The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman. (2020).
**4.5 round to 5 stars**
A regular weekday morning veers drastically off course for a group of strangers in a London café when an apparently crazed gunman holds them hostage. But there is more to the situation than meets the eye and as the captives grapple with their own inner demons, the line between right and wrong starts to blur. Will the secrets they keep stop them from escaping with their lives?
I’ve greatly enjoyed all of this author’s books that I’ve read and her newest novel is no exception. A gripping and fascinating story emerges from the very beginning. I liked that we experienced a few different character’s point of views which included both during the event and some of their back history. The viewpoints also include the gunman which I particularly appreciated as it added another level to someone whose actions that day would be considered evil at face value. This is an intense fast-paced read which is full of suspense. I raced through the pages because I had no idea how this siege was going to end. I highly recommend this book.