Afternoon folks.  Today I’m absolutely delighted to be on the blog tour for the new, fantastic psychological thriller by Stuart James…..Stranded.  This is a fantastic, creepy story full of horror and suspense….perfect for Halloween!

book blurb & info

A family trapped. A psychopath on the loose. Let the game begin…

What could be more innocent than going on holiday?

As a family drive along a quiet country lane on their way to the airport, they meet a stranger standing alone in the middle of the road.

Steering them along another path, he tells the driver, Ben, that a tree has fallen and there’s no way through.

But as they make their way along the diverted route, they come across a coach blocking the road.

Getting out of the car Ben goes to investigate and is horrified to find the passengers tied to their seats.

Then a discarded phone starts to ring…

If Ben calls the police, everyone on board will die.

Let the horrific game begin…

Published by: Bloodhound Books on 19th October 2020

Formats Available: Paperback & eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

When Ben and his family set off for the airport for their much needed holiday, Bens need to avoid motorways gets them in a situation they never could have dreamed of……

Driving down a quiet country road, a stranger directs them on another route due to a fallen tree.  But when they drive down the dirt track, they’re surprised to see a coach parked up.  Checking the passengers are all ok, they find that things couldn’t be worse.  With some of the passengers beaten, and all of them tied up, Ben, Laura and Milly just want to help.  But then a phone rings on the dashboard…..and their world turns upside down.

Stranded had me on the edge of my seat.  This is definitely a bit more gory that Stuart’s usual books and I loved it – absolutely perfect when you’re craving a spooky, gruesome Halloween read.

I don’t want to go into the story too much as I don’t want to give anything away but the plot is fantastic.  It definitely reminded me of a popular horror film series which I love – and you’ll know what I”m talking about when you read this.

The characters are brilliant.  Ben and his family are super brave; I’m not sure I”d have the guts to hang around and help (definitely watched too many horror films!).  The other characters are all brilliant too –  they all have their own backgrounds.  Some I loved and some I wasn’t so keen on – you’ll get your own feel for them and decide if what they have coming is deserved!

And the twists and ending are spectacular!  There are so many things I didn’t expect and I absolutely loved every single one.  You will be blown away!

I’ve loved all of Stuart’s other books so I was so excited to read this, and I absolutely wasn’t disappointed.  He has a fantastic way of fully sucking you in to the story, creeping you out and making you grateful that you’re not physically there!  If you’re looking for a book to read this Halloween, which will keep you completely engrossed, give you a generous helping of horror and mess with your head, then this is for you! Highly recommended by me.



about the author

I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.

There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.

I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.

My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.

This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing three years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane which has just won The International Book Award in horror fiction. I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.

To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness. That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way, which was a world wide number 1 best seller and stayed at number 1 for 19 weeks in the US.

I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.

I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year and was a number 1 hot new release on Amazon for 4 weeks.

Stranded goes on pre-order Monday October 12th on Amazon and is released October 19th.

I’m 47, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.

Where to find Stuart online: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Organised by: Book On The Bright Side Publicity

Thanks so much to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour, and to Stuart and Bloodhound Books for gifting me a copy.   All views and opinions are my own.

Let me know what you think when you read this lovelies!

I’ll be back a bit later with another review for you today!

Chelle x

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