Don’t Talk to Strangers: Check out the Netflix series review

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The suspense series Do not talk with strangers is one of those addictive plots that, after watching the first episode, you can’t help watching. Released on Netflix on January 30, the story is based on the work The Stranger, by the popular thriller author Harlan Coben, and accompanies a small community in England with secrets that transcend seemingly peaceful lives.

Check out our review of Do not talk with strangers.

Do not talk with strangers has all the classic elements of suspense

The classic suspense formula seems to be repeated in all titles in the category, so with this series it couldn’t be different. It all starts with a middle class family who appears to have the perfect life: the patriarch, Adam Price, is married to a woman who loves him and has devout and respectful children; but it doesn’t take long for it to start being destroyed. Early on, a Stranger (as the character is known) approaches him to tell a surprising secret about his wife. When confronted, Price’s wife disappears without a trace.

Together with the first mysterious element in the series, we met detective Johanna Griffin, who is planning a trip with her best friend. Days before departure, the girl is murdered inside the restaurant itself.

As if that were not enough, the story also includes an alpaca whose head was cut off and a teenager found unconscious and without clothes in the forest. All of these events appear to be unrelated, but as the plot progresses, the elements begin to connect in a conspiracy too big for the small town of England.

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The connection is precisely what makes Do not talk with strangers one of the best titles in the category on the streaming platform. The episodes are complementary, almost like a puzzle that piques the viewer’s curiosity and makes it very difficult to turn off the television.

And this is a mold in which Netflix seems to invest more and more, being common in other suspense series, like The Sinner. Most episodes end on a cliffhanger, with new discoveries as the characters sink deeper and deeper into their own inner secrets and demons.

It is worth mentioning that art direction and photography are not to be desired. The production was able to find the perfect balance between the quiet life of the suburbs and the construction of curious, even nosy characters, showing that in life not everything is what it seems to be.

Despite the title “The Stranger”, Estranha does not take long to be left behind, after all it is just a catalyst, a drop of water that drives all the discoveries that follow.

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Coben was involved in the entire production of the series, which makes the script very faithful for fans of the book, but it is difficult not to be surprised at how the written work unfolds in the eight episodes with just over 40 minutes each. The literary translation for the universe of series and streaming is, without a doubt, a point that needs to be acclaimed.

The recommendation is not to start watching Do not talk with strangers if you have a busy day or want a good night’s sleep, believe me: you won’t be able to stop watching until you find out what’s really going on. And this is where we bring bad news. The end of the 1st season makes viewers even more curious and ends with a taste of “I want more”.

So far, Netflix has not commented on a possible 2nd year. Anyway, it is not an exaggeration to say that this is, yes, one of the best suspense series on the platform and that if you are a fan of the genre it is worth checking out.

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