Title: The Stranger
Released: 30th January 2020
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: ***** (5/5 stars)
About: Follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a stranger.
Review: This is the first TV series that I’ve reviewed, and I wouldn’t normally do one, but I have to say I LOVED this show!
If I’m being honest, the first reason why I watched this was probably because Richard Armitage was in it – I mean if you haven’t seen him in North and South, or in the BBC adaption of Robin Hood, or even in The Hobbit, then you are missing out on how amazing an actor (and person) he is.
Secondly, the storyline was really intriguing. I had to know what happened, I had to know how it ended.
My whole family watched this show, and we were all obsessed. We watched this all in one day and could not stop watching it until we knew how it ended – that’s a good sign right?
This is an eight-part thriller series which is based on Harlan Coben’s novel of the same name (the author also served as an executive producer on the show).
Over these 8 episodes you get introduced to so many people, and I loved how all of them interlocked in some way. They all had some secret, and these secrets were slowly revealed before an explosive climax that was so unpredictable and yet incredibly tragic at the same time.
The stranger is what reveals these secrets, however it is done in a way that means that there are no winners or losers, just damaged survivors who have to pick up the pieces and try and move on with their lives.
These aren’t small secrets either, they are things which might have been better if they had been left alone. But I guess that’s not the right thing to do.
Secrets always have a way of being found out. They can make people’s lives incredibly difficult as you are constantly having to think about how to hide them. It’s no wonder that people say it’s a lot easier to speak the truth, because you don’t have to think about it.
For the majority of this series you will be sat wondering who’s done what, why have they done it, how did the stranger find these things out?
The Stranger is for people who love a “who dunnit” mystery, where nothing is as it seems, and you won’t know what on earth is going on.
You will be sat watching the story unfold, you will be gaping and gasping as the pieces all come together, the truth of the stranger is revealed and will love how everything is connected.
The build up to the ending is huge though, so you might find yourself a little disappointed (I know that when things build up, the ending can often be disappointing)… but it’s still an amazing show to watch.
This needs to go on your to be watched list – I highly recommend it!