BOOK REVIEW | The Good Stranger by Dete Meserve

“Maybe we have to be okay with not understanding. To let go of our need to find answers for every question. Maybe some questions don’t have answers.”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Good Stranger | Dete Meserve
284 pages | Publication Date: May 19th 2020 | Lake Union Publishing

Today I am so thrilled to get to join in as a stop on another @suzyapprovedbooktours title, The Good Stranger by Date Meserve. This is my second title with Suzy, and I am so excited to have a few more already on my calendar, including Until I Find You by Rea Frey – watch for my review on August 19th!

I thought being the third in the series I would be lost, but this particular title drew me right in, and I forgot it wasn’t a stand alone book until I was finished and wanted MORE. Knowing that I can read more of Kate’s stories is so exciting, I’ll definitely be picking up Good Sam as soon as possible! (It’s also a MOVIE on Netflix, so that had me even more excited!)

For me, this was such a great, quick read. I finished the book in one day – once I started, I just couldn’t put it down. In this pandemic crazed world we’re living right now, this book brought such joy and hope for me. I loved the focus on the good people can do for others, even in places that can be filled with crime, politics and loneliness. Even crazier to me was that though this book published in May, and the author couldn’t have known we’d be desperate for the positive during covid – there was mention OF a pandemic in Kate’s newsroom and I just thought it made the book so relatable!

. . .

TV reporter Kate Bradley arrives in Manhattan ready to take on a challenging new position as a national news correspondent. When a massive power outage plunges New York City into darkness, the disaster she expected to cover takes an unexpected turn. Someone is leaving thousands of mysterious gifts throughout the city, and the only clue to the giver’s identity is the occasional note from “A Stranger.”

Together with handsome TV series host Scott Jameson, Kate must make sense of these random generous acts, which quickly escalate in scale and capture the attention of viewers across the country. In early-morning stakeouts and late-night surveillance, they crisscross the city hunting down leads, but the elusive Stranger is always one step ahead.

Menacing letters and videos addressed to Kate threaten to derail the investigation, but she’s determined to uncover the identity of the benefactor. The closer Kate gets to the truth, the more clearly she sees that even the smallest act of generosity can bring about powerful change. And it just may take her own selfless act of kindness to solve the feel-good mystery of the year.

. . .

Everything about this well written title made me glad I got the chance to read it, what a great read from a new to me author!

“Yes, there is trouble, chaos, and tension. But there are far more people doing small gestures and big things to make the world better.” – Dete Meserve

Want to join in for a book tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours? Contact her here, or follow along with what books we’ll be sharing –




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s