5 Total Strangers – Published 2020
“A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.
When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.
As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she’s stuck in the car with don’t actually know one another.
Soon, they’re not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.” – Goodreads
This could be a holiday thriller, as the MC is trying to get home for Christmas.
If you love when people are in forced proximity with one another, this one is for you. Total strangers sharing a rented vehicle in order to all get where they need to be. And there’s a snowstorm.
This is a YA book, but it could easily be new adult if the main character, Mira, was a year or two older. She’s the only high school kid in a group of college kids, and she doesn’t seem like a high schooler most of the time. I think I would have preferred her to be a little older.
Not everything that happens is “believable”, but overall this is a pretty good YA thriller with some twists and turns you might not see coming.