We meet Joan who has just had an article published that was three years in the making and that exposed Caspar Osgood.
The joy of being published was marred by her being attacked when she arrived home.
Joan was suffering from a concussion from the attack and a concussion that she wouldn't get taken care of.
She also was offered a seven-figure book deal the next day that she accepted and wasn’t sure she could even write because she had blurry vision.
She also moved into a secure building that used to be the Magdalene Laundry building that housed wayward girls.
Will she get the book done?
We also meet Lillian - a 96-year-old neighbor across the hall from Joan who lived in the Magdalene Laundry building and who gave Joan the history of herself and the building.
Then we meet the widow of Caspar Osgood who must now find a job because her husband committed suicide which voided the life insurance policy and she had also found out there was no money left in any bank account.
All three women share chapters as we find out what is going on with each of them.
They all have secrets, and they all seem to be connected in some way. The building even has secrets.
I enjoyed learning about the Magdalene Laundry and the building.
The book is slow at first, but once you learn of what these three women are doing and what is in their past, the book picks up.
Could the stranger behind you really be a stranger or someone you know and trust?
THE STRANGER BEHIND YOU was different from Ms. Goodman's other books, but well written as always.
It has a great wrap-up ending so don’t give up too soon as I almost did. 4/5
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.