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Review: Love Will Tear Us Apart by C.K. McDonnell

Publication date

9 February 2023

Standalone or series

Series (third in The Stranger Times series)

First time reading this author?


Why I picked this

I love this series.

Review copy or purchase

Thank you to the author, publishers Transworld and NetGalley UK for access to this as an advance reader’s ebook. This is an honest and voluntary review.

What it’s about

A softer side of Banecroft, more on the mystery that is Stella, and the whole gang being drawn further and further into the delicate stand-off between the Founders and the fae. The world of The Stranger Times keeps getting stranger and more fun.


The first Stranger Times novel was one of my surprise favourites of late 2020, and now on novel three (out early 2023) it has cemented its place as my favourite series. A wonderful blend of silliness, mystery, and old fashioned news room dark humour, the author always delivers.

Love Will Tear Us Apart more than lives up to the standard already set. It also gives us a chance to see Banecroft in a different way – although with far less swearing (including his creative alternatives) than in previous books, which shows that he’s not quite himself. We also get to find out more about Stella and it’s nice to get a look behind the moody teen persona to understand that there’s a lot more to find out where she came from that even she doesn’t know.

As number three in a series with developing lore you really need to have read the previous two books first. But, that’s no hardship as you’re in for a treat right from the start.




Published by Lisa Potter

A professional communicator who loves reading for leisure and learning.

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