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Stranded by Stuart James


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…


Holy cow! In true Stuart James fashion, this frightening story follows a family who takes a wrong turn that leaves them fighting for their lives. 

With this being my third Stuart James novel, my advice is that you must prepare yourself. Don’t be alone while reading it. The lights should be on. Have a drink handy. Now, take a deep breath and immerse yourself in a terrifying scenario sure to keep you awake for a time. 

Ben, Laura, and Milly are an extremely brave family who find themselves risking their lives for complete strangers. As for the strangers… let’s say they have some serious transgressions they are dealing with. Not to mention, they all happen to be connected in a very ill-fated way. Last, but not least, we have the evil and unforgiving antagonist who is bent on revenge by playing a very dangerous and diabolical game.  Put them all together and you get an incredibly chilling and mind-blowing sequence of events that will leave you racing to the obscenely shocking end.

Stuart James has created another astounding work of horror with powerful dialogue and eerie surroundings that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A superb read to celebrate your Halloween this strange year. Recommend highly!

Please check out my reviews for more Stuart James’ books: Turn the Other Way and The House on Rectory Lane.

Thank you to Mr. James for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.



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Stuart JamesI 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 breath 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 worldwide number 1 bestseller and stayed at number 1 for 19 weeks in the US.

I have multiple stories running, past, and present. A family who wants 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.

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