All These Beautiful Strangers

All These Beautiful Strangers

In the last day of summer, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Allister Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding...

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Title:All These Beautiful Strangers
Author:Elizabeth Klehfoth
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All These Beautiful Strangers Reviews

  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5

    by

    will hook you from the very start and eat up ALL of your free time.

    What it's about: Charlie is 7 when her mother disappears from the family lake house never to be seen again. Now at age 17 Charlie is going to a prestigious boarding school called Knollwood Prep where there is an elite group of students called the "A's". The A's have chosen her to be an initiate to their secret club, but to be a part of it she must play a very serious g

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

    by

    will hook you from the very start and eat up ALL of your free time.

    What it's about: Charlie is 7 when her mother disappears from the family lake house never to be seen again. Now at age 17 Charlie is going to a prestigious boarding school called Knollwood Prep where there is an elite group of students called the "A's". The A's have chosen her to be an initiate to their secret club, but to be a part of it she must play a very serious game that will threaten everything. As if that wasn't enough, secrets of the past are coming to light and causing Charlie to wonder if her mom really did run off, or if something much worse is at play.

    This book was SO GOOD! I believe this is a young adult novel but I found myself forgetting that as I read. I also cannot believe it is a debut novel because it reads like this author has been in the game (of writing silly) for a very long time. I was fully engrossed in the story and had a hard time putting it down. This book is over 400 pages but I didn't even notice because the pages fly by so fast.

    switches through a few different viewpoints and from past to present, but I think Charlie in present time was my favorite overall. I loved the boarding school setting and seeing her grow as a person throughout the book. There are some pretty unlikable characters but most were the type that you love to hate, and I saw enough growth in Charlie that she didn't end up bugging me as a character. It was actually quite fun reading from her POV and I adored the humor Klehfoth infuses into the novel.

    Plus, I think we can all agree that the cover of this novel is gorgeous. It screams summer to me and would make the perfect beach read (or all year round read since it's so dang good!). I loved the mystery aspect about Charlie's mom and there are quite a few twists and turns that I wasn't expecting.

    Final Thought: Overall I really loved

    . There is a mystery, a dash of romance, secrets, drama, and so much more. The pace was on point and not once did I find this book dull or want to stop reading it. I thought it read more like adult fiction but maybe that's just me. Either way, I can tell that Klehfoth has a ton of talent and I can't wait to see what her next novel brings! Highly recommend this addicting, duplicitous novel.

  • Michelle

    Let me begin this review with LOOK AT THAT COVER! Doesn't it just scream summer? So gorgeous! I actually did spend the day at the beach with my toes in the sand, sun on my shoulders, and this book in my hand. What a glorious day!

    Now to the story! Elizabeth Klehfoth has written a clever YA mystery novel. Is it all completely believable? No, it isn't. Is it a fun page turner? Absolutely!

    Charlie Calloway is the wealthy daughter of Allistair Calloway who is a highly regarded real estate mogul in N

    Let me begin this review with LOOK AT THAT COVER! Doesn't it just scream summer? So gorgeous! I actually did spend the day at the beach with my toes in the sand, sun on my shoulders, and this book in my hand. What a glorious day!

    Now to the story! Elizabeth Klehfoth has written a clever YA mystery novel. Is it all completely believable? No, it isn't. Is it a fun page turner? Absolutely!

    Charlie Calloway is the wealthy daughter of Allistair Calloway who is a highly regarded real estate mogul in NYC. When Charlie was 7 years old her mother, Grace, left and never returned.

    Charlie is now attending the prestigious Knollwood Prep where a secret society of sorts called the A's have tagged her to become an initiate into this elite group. You are then presented tasks to complete by a certain time. If you don't complete your task you will be outed by the group in the most humiliating of ways and which will more than likely lead to your expulsion. That is how powerful this group is. They seem to have rank over everyone, students and staff alike. The thing is that no one knows who is part of the A's except the A's themselves. What happens in the group stays in the group. Period.

    Charlie has always questioned her mother's disappearance. Why would she leave her and her sister Seraphina? As she looks more into her mother's disappearance she is finding more clues that her mother may of been planning to leave her father and that there were cracks in their marriage. It also becomes known that her mother's high school sweetheart, who had tragically committed suicide, was friends with her father back in their days at Knollwood Prep.

    That's all I can say about the plot because I don't want to slip in any spoilers unintentionally.

    The ending - I LOVED IT! Just perfect!

    Just know that this is an easy, breezy book to get lost in on a warm summers day!

    Thank you to William Morrow for kindly sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review!

    I have also won a copy of this in a Goodreads Giveaway, thank you Goodreads!

  • Carrie

    All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth is a young adult mystery that is told from multiple points of view and several timelines. Reading this one I had the thought that the author successfully made a book stew, she managed to combine a couple of mysteries and some drama into an interesting story.

    First we have seventeen year old Charlie Calloway who is a junior at the prestigious Knollwood and looking forward to joining Knollwood’s secret elite society, the As. Charlie is ready to pu

    All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth is a young adult mystery that is told from multiple points of view and several timelines. Reading this one I had the thought that the author successfully made a book stew, she managed to combine a couple of mysteries and some drama into an interesting story.

    First we have seventeen year old Charlie Calloway who is a junior at the prestigious Knollwood and looking forward to joining Knollwood’s secret elite society, the As. Charlie is ready to put her past behind her and step out of the shadow of her family name so when invited to join the high stakes scavenger hunt that begins the initiation into the As Charlie is excited to join the in crowd.

    Ten years before when Charlie was seven her mother had gone missing and even a decade later there were never any definite answers to what happened. Rumors still swirl that Charlie’s father had murdered Grace but evidence points to Grace having planned to leave the marriage and disappear.

    And then twenty years earlier there was another mystery that involved Charlie’s family. Her mother had been good friends with a boy named Jake who had attended Knollwood back then and had been said to commit suicide. Grace had never really believed of the suicide and blamed herself for not knowing what was going on with Jake.

    The story was very easy to follow along even as it changed the point of view and went back in time. Just as much as Charlie’s pledging to join the As was interesting and drama filled in the present time the mysteries of the past were just as compelling. This one became quite the page turner just waiting to see what would happen and how all the secrets and lies could be woven in together and be solved making a very enjoyable read.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.

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  • Selena

    I received a free copy of All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth from Goodreads for my honest review.

    Wonderful read, keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Charlie Calloway has it all, a wonderful family, fantastic friends, money. Charlie finds out about a secret society at her school and is determined to get in it. Little does she know that the secrets are deeper than she can imagine. Charlie always wanted to know about her mother's disappearance and n

    I received a free copy of All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth from Goodreads for my honest review.

    Wonderful read, keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Charlie Calloway has it all, a wonderful family, fantastic friends, money. Charlie finds out about a secret society at her school and is determined to get in it. Little does she know that the secrets are deeper than she can imagine. Charlie always wanted to know about her mother's disappearance and now she might just find out. The secrets that are uncovered about her family might destroy everything she is and knows.

  • Ishmeen {hiatus}

    It’s honestly the

    feeling ever when a book you were hesitant to start ends up in your favourites list and leaves you absolutely stunned. First of all, I would like to thank

    for sending me a physical ARC of this book. And let me also tell you first up that I was not expecting to love th

    It’s honestly the

    feeling ever when a book you were hesitant to start ends up in your favourites list and leaves you absolutely stunned. First of all, I would like to thank

    for sending me a physical ARC of this book. And let me also tell you first up that I was not expecting to love this book. I don’t usually read mystery but I do enjoy YA contemporary and this seemed like a good mix which is why I was curious enough to give it a go. Another thing I was not expecting was to fall in love with these characters and invest my heart in their relationships so badly that their grief would literally show in my mood. I can’t believe that I am already looking forward to rereading the book again to experience those emotions again??

    The MC, Charlie Calloway, was a joy to read about because honestly I have read about a lot of strong and badass women in fantasy but not so much outside of that genre so this was a great change! I loved reading about her journey and noticing the changes in her character from the choices and paths she chose to follow and I’m just SO proud of her for doing what she did in the end :’)

    Okay since I mentioned relationships before, let me clarify and say that they w r e c k e d me. I am still a mess reeling from all those feelings. I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book and I am glad I cherished all the build up because the second half just stole all my hopes and dreams and ripped them far apart :)))

    Once again, the flashbacks surprised me because I loved them so much!! It’s very unusual for me to like reading about the past since most of the time I end up finding it boring but I genuinely wanted to read about Grace and Alistair’s POV’s because their story was so heartbreaking and real and just so well written.

    Now that I think about it, one thing that I really liked about this story is that

    They are all messed up in their own way and have their own issues which to me is a reflection of our society today. Things almost never turn out to be as they appear to be from the surface and this story uncovers this harsh reality bit by bit as aspects from the past are revealed. There’s three different timelines that are involved which maintain the suspense as you make your way through the story, uncovering bits and pieces as you go and the result in the end was quite satisfying in my opinion.

    I would love to read more about these characters and I still have to come to terms with the fact that their story has ended. Now the question of why I didn’t rate this 5 stars which y’all might be wondering - as much as I loved this story and the surprises it brought me, I wouldn’t say I was shook by any of the plot twists and i usually save 5 star ratings for books that do have that effect on me. Regardless, I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by this author and hope to pick up more mystery books similar to this one!

  • Maddie

    This felt like a very interesting YA/adult novel hybrid, with it's focus on both Charlie Calloway (in 2017) and her parents (in the 1990s). With Charlie's mother's disappearance, and the mysterious death of a boy on campus, there are more than a few secrets hidden by the Calloways, and as the book slowly unfolds, you get all the answers. The three POVs and different time periods means there's often dramatic irony in the relaying of information, so mostly I was waiting for Charlie to catch up on

    This felt like a very interesting YA/adult novel hybrid, with it's focus on both Charlie Calloway (in 2017) and her parents (in the 1990s). With Charlie's mother's disappearance, and the mysterious death of a boy on campus, there are more than a few secrets hidden by the Calloways, and as the book slowly unfolds, you get all the answers. The three POVs and different time periods means there's often dramatic irony in the relaying of information, so mostly I was waiting for Charlie to catch up on things I'd already read being admitted.

    There was a lot of elements to this book that I enjoyed, like the secret society at the boarding school (very Frankie Landau-Banks) and Charlie joining the school paper, but I think I would have liked it more if the story was more heavily weighted on Charlie being a detective, rather than just given information by uncles and friends of the family.

    Secondary characters swarmed this book, and I cared quite a lot for Drew and Grayson, but the focus on the parent storylines meant their prominence was weak. I did like that I couldn't put my finger on the romantic lead of the story though...everyone was either too non-committal or too detestable!

    All These Beautiful Strangers definitely read like it was written by a creative writing professor (which is accurate according to Klehfoth's bio) and that tone made it an interesting and stand-out read from other things on my shelf.

    Basically, if you wished that Gossip Girl was about the parent's generation, and that Pretty Little Liars had more 'getting to the point', then I'd really recommend this book!

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    Dear

    . . . .

    Not even kidding. This was

    what I was hoping for when my friend

    popped up on my feed. I mean let’s face it, while I would looooooooooooove to be able to say I spend summer break like this . . . . .

    If I were every to vacay in the Hamptons I assume it would be more like this . . . .

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    Dear

    . . . .

    Not even kidding. This was

    what I was hoping for when my friend

    popped up on my feed. I mean let’s face it, while I would looooooooooooove to be able to say I spend summer break like this . . . . .

    If I were every to vacay in the Hamptons I assume it would be more like this . . . .

    Okay where was I? Oh yeah, that I’m poor so my summertime fun actually is something like this . . . .

    All that being said - I want to

    when it comes to July reads. If that cover doesn’t sell you that you’re in for a YA beachy good time, I don’t know what will. I mean just look at it . . . . .

    Did you look at it???? Okay then.

    What better way to spend a summery timesuck than with a bunch of privileged white kids? AmIrightoramIright????

    The story here focuses on Grace, a richie rich boarding school type of gal who has just received an invitation to begin the initiation process in order to become a member of a supersecret club known as

    . . . .

    Whoops. I mean the A’s. Then you have a second storyline regarding Grace’s mother and Grace trying to figure out if she (a) ran away from home or (b) was murdered – dun dun dunnnnnnnnn! It’s only a matter of time before Grace starts to realize . . . .

    I’m pretty sure I need to go put my dinosaur back in his pen and finally check out

    . I know I know . . . . .

    I am old and was still Twiharding superbad and missed all the gossipy good times. I shall rectify it post haste!

  • Blair

    Charlie Calloway is a 17-year old with everything. She’s heir to a family fortune and attends an elite private school, Knollwood Augustus Prep. What’s more, she’s just been invited to join Knollwood’s most exclusive club, a secretive group known as the A’s. (Yes, that's how it’s punctuated in the book and yes, that bloody apostrophe took a few minutes off my life every time I had to look at it.) But Charlie is haunted by the disappearance, and possibly death, of her mother Grace ten years earlie

    Charlie Calloway is a 17-year old with everything. She’s heir to a family fortune and attends an elite private school, Knollwood Augustus Prep. What’s more, she’s just been invited to join Knollwood’s most exclusive club, a secretive group known as the A’s. (Yes, that's how it’s punctuated in the book and yes, that bloody apostrophe took a few minutes off my life every time I had to look at it.) But Charlie is haunted by the disappearance, and possibly death, of her mother Grace ten years earlier.

    is the story of her quest to discover what really happened to Grace.

    The main narrative concentrates on Charlie’s days at Knollwood – the initiation rituals she must take part in to join the A’s; a tentative first romance; rivalries and alliances with other girls – while intermittent flashbacks take us into the history of the Calloways. We get to hear from Charlie’s father, Alistair, as well as the disappeared Grace. These chapters intrigued me most; I often felt I was wading through the Charlie storyline just to get to them. Once it became clear Alistair and Grace’s relationship barely resembled the rose-tinted tale they’d sold Charlie, I had to know what the real story was.

    I was interested to see that

    is being marketed as adult fiction in the US and YA in the UK; by my reckoning, the latter is more accurate. While the adults have the more interesting story, the narrative is unfortunately heavy on the social mores of a bunch of rich, obnoxious teens who expect to get into top universities yet seem to take pride in being ignorant. It’s a funny mixture of

    and something much more old-fashioned (see: the subplot in which Charlie is persuaded to sign up for the school newspaper and must co-author a story with a scrappy younger boy.) The blurb can mention

    all it likes; Donna Tartt this ain’t.

    (I don’t know what Klehfoth has against Sylvia Plath – I can only conclude she was forced to study

    at some point and hated it, because there’s a weirdly large number of scenes in which characters either bitch about Plath’s poetry or flippantly dismiss it.)

    (Also, the character names in this book are utterly ridiculous. There are people called ‘Royce Dalton’ and ‘McKenna St Clare’ and ‘Brighton Maverick’. They're like when someone tries to make a neural network come up with new human names.)

    I didn’t believe in these people or their world for a second, but

    was undeniably fun to read. Klehfoth really knows how to construct a twisty plot, how to fashion a cliffhanger that will have you turning the pages as fast as you can read them. It's ridiculous, and it’s also ridiculously enjoyable.

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  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)

    Let me just start off that if you like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and the dramatic flair for the points of being

    extra.....

    .....then look no further folks because we got here the same run-of-the-mill mediocre and somewhat boring (mystery/drama) tale of

    .

    Doesn't that sound lik

    Let me just start off that if you like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and the dramatic flair for the points of being

    extra.....

    .....then look no further folks because we got here the same run-of-the-mill mediocre and somewhat boring (mystery/drama) tale of

    .

    Doesn't that sound like a juicy fishhook of a TV show/movie you might find somewhere like on the CW or Lifetime??

    Because literally

    . I'm over it already.

    So I legit thought this book was Adult but it wasn't; it's YA.

    And if y'all know me (chuckle, chuckle)...

    I LITERALLY DO NOT LIKE

    .

    Well, most of the time anyways.

    And 'thriller'???

    Um nonexistent. Maybe that's just on me and its just marketed as mystery/suspense. Well whatever because that wasn't even the fault I had with the book; it was with the main character herself. Charlie Fairchild. And don't get me started on these names lmaooo. I.e.: montgomery, spencer, avery,....rich, spoiled, ass, *&!*[email protected]#.

    In short, I found Charlie to be extremely arrogant and ignorant. She was annoyed and rude to her 'friend' and found this so called 'friend' irritating because she wasn't some rich girl who wore the designer clothes and labels -- No, it was more like she was trying too hard because her parents couldn't afford the school so she's on a scholarship so what a try hard yada yada.....

    um excuse me, as someone who was on scholarships for the very same reason,....don't get me started.

    And the suicide jokes. Really? It's 2018. Not even that. It's just in poor taste and quality.

    But all things aside, was it the worst book I've ever read?

    Hell no. But to say in the least: somewhat overbearing and pretentious, this book does have an interesting aspect (unrealistic) of an anonymous club, full of hierarchy and power, and the corruption that runs with it. Not to mention the consequences.

    This book is choked full of them, in fact.

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