Stranger in the Room: A Novel by Amanda Kyle Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hey you guys! I have a fantastic book for you. Stranger in the Room is an exciting thriller that is fast paced, funny, and just smart. I knew nothing about it prior to obtaining my ARC, so I was beyond thrilled when I found myself in the midst of a new girl crush named Keye Street.
Reasons I love Amanda Kyle Williams' Keye Street:
1. Chinese American recovering alcoholic with a southern accent, white parents and a gay, African American brother.
Did you get all that? Yeah. That's right, this ain't your typical blonde, blue-eyed, big busted detective novel. Do not misunderstand me. I am fine with hot, white characters, but let's be honest, shall we. Hot and white is not only cliche, but unrealistic given the diverse world we actually inhabit.
2. Street's taste in guys does not involve a complicated douche bag who is always saving her at every turn.
Believe it or not, Rauser actually trusts Keye and respects her abilities. And, this is important: Rauser is good looking, but he's not so good looking that he couldn't kinda, maybe, sorta exist on this plane. You know, Earth?
"You want some breakfast? I'm going to have some Shredded Wheat."
"No, I'd rather eat a bale of pine straw. But I guess you have to think of fiber at your age."
He grinned at me, pointed a finger. "You better be nice to me, Street. I'm probably the guy that's going to go through menopause with you. And we all know that ain't gonna be pretty."
3. Badassery (is that a word?)
Definition: behavior resulting is brave, but smart decisions that reflect positively on a character or person. Being a total and complete badass that Alisha loves.
Keye can handle Keye.
Keye is not stupid. She does not get so close to the bad guys that she is always in danger of being beaten or raped. I hate those novels. I mean, how stupid. No, Keye enjoys backup, and she has a healthy sense of fear. In other words, she's normal.
4. Best name for a cat EVER.
White Trash. Nuff said.
Beyond Stranger in the Room being simply awesome, it is also lovingly written. There are passages in the book that I connected with that brought me closer to Keye.
In explaining her mother, Keye describes her childhood thusly:
"Our mother, a child of the Albermarle Sound and pulsing marshes and tundra swans and striped bass, had searched for and found the secluded marshes and private seascapes in her city life. And because we had been witness to this delicate beauty in her humanity, it was all the more confusing when her touch turned arctic and her tongue caustic.
A real mom, guys! With flaws and everything!
Professional Alisha says: Williams takes her time with this novel, building characters, and a unpredictable, suspenseful plot.
Alisha, your buddy says: Oh, that bad guy is incredibly creepy too. You'll love it!
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