Title: A Stranger on the Beach
Author: Michele Campbell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: July 23, 2019
Page Count: 346
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
From bestselling author Michele Campbell comes A Stranger on the Beach, an edge-of-your seat story of passion and intrigue that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Caroline Stark’s beach house was supposed to be her crowning achievement: a lavish, expensive space to showcase what she thought was her perfect family. But after a very public fight with her husband, she realizes things may not be as perfect as they seem: her husband is lying to her, the money is disappearing, and there’s a stranger on the beach outside her house.
As Caroline’s marriage and her carefully constructed lifestyle begin to collapse around her, she turns to Aidan, the stranger, for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aidan’s infatuation with Caroline, her family, and her house becomes more and more destructive. But who is manipulating whom in this deadly game of obsession and control? Who will take the blame when someone ends up dead…and what is Caroline hiding?
Anyone know of that old saying that there are three sides to every story, his, hers and the truth? That is exactly what the psychological thriller A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell brought to mind. The story is told from dual points of view of the same happenings that often vary greatly from one another and leaves the reader grasping for the truth.
Caroline Stark thought she was living the perfect life, wealthy and happily married. But just as Caroline is putting the finishing touches on her dream beach house she finds out that it seems her husband is cheating on her. In a moment of spite Caroline finds herself flirting with a hot bartender and taking things farther than she expected in her search for revenge. Caroline only expected a one night stand but Aiden has his eyes on so much more.
A Stranger on the Beach is perfect for those that are fans of unreliable narrators and total uncertainty while you read. All throughout the book as soon as you think you know what is happening the story flips and has you questioning what is real and what isn’t. With plenty of twists and turns along the way this one certainly kept me guessing all along.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases.
A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels.
She has had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her.