18 July 2023

The Second Stranger


By Martin Griffin


It's winter in the remote Scottish Highlands and Remie Yorke has one final night shift at the Mackinnon Hotel before she leaves for good. However, she hadn't bargained on Storm Ezra hitting quite so hard. Phone lines are down, the temperature has plummeted to sub-zero and heavy snow has cut the hotel off. There's absolutely no way of leaving.

An injured man approaches on foot. He says his name is PC Don Gaines and he's been in a bad accident on a nearby road. Remie lets him inside. A short time later a second injured man arrives, also claiming to be PC Don Gaines. Remie reluctantly allows him inside too. What follows is a race against time. Remie must decide who is telling the truth and which stranger poses a threat to her life. . . and why?

When I saw the beautiful book cover and read the synopsis, I knew this would be a brilliant story. I love wintery settings — the feeling of isolation and being cut off from the outside world. This book delivered in droves. The premise of two strangers claiming to be the same man and the dilemma that ensued was terrific. It was an excellent page-turner with plenty of twists and turns that held my interest throughout. A really enjoyable read.


  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Author: Martin Griffin
  • Genre: Thriller, Crime


Remie Yorke has one shift left at the Mackinnon Hotel in the remote Scottish Highlands before she leaves for good. Then Storm Ezra hits.

As temperatures plummet and phone lines go down, an injured man stumbles inside. PC Don Gaines was in a terrible accident on the mountain road. The only other survivor: the prisoner his team was transporting.

When a second stranger arrives, Remie reluctantly lets him in from the blizzard. He, too, is hurt. He claims to be a police officer. His name is also Don Gaines.

Someone is lying and, with no means of escape, Remie must work out who. If the cold doesn't kill her, one of these men will get there first . . .

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