Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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?
About: A Stranger on the Beach is a thriller written by Michele Campbell. It will be published on 7/23/2019 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are thriller, fiction, and suspense. According to Macmillan’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading A Stranger on the Beach on 5/3/2019 and finished it on 5/6/2019 at 4:50AM. This book is a great read! As always, I go into the story blindly without reading the synopsis. I liked the start and got confused later on when views don’t add up and realized that the narrators were getting unreliable. I became lost and couldn’t guess where the story was headed and the main characters don’t help because they were confused themselves. I like learning how local beach citizens think of the city folks who own those mansions by the beach front. I like how light headed this thriller is because it’s not gruesome at all.
This book is told in the first person point of view following an upper class Caroline, 43 as she witnessed seeing a stranger, Aidan on the beach watching her new beach mansion. She’s throwing a housewarming party and her husband, Jason of 20 years showing up with another woman. She drowned her sorrows with a local to a one night stand that ended up more than what she bargained for. The alternative point of view told in third person is Aidan, bartender. He has a troubled past. He is obsessed with Caroline and her beach house because it was built in place of his Grandpa’s fishing shack. He’s poor and dreams of a better life and sees that Caroline, pretty and in the process of getting a divorce, may be his ticket out. Third view is Jess, (state police, introduce later in the story) lieutenant investigating the murder case after the storm. Caroline is Jess’ star witness for the murder case.
A Stranger on the Beach started out with reliable narrators then switched to unreliable and finally back to reliable. I don’t think I have read a book with this type of organization but it’s definitely interesting. I like Tommy and his wife’s love for family and in-laws. I don’t think the ending touched base with Tommy’s job but I hope he won’t lose it. I like the chapters after the storm because they were such an adrenaline rush and that’s why I ended up finishing my reading of this book overnight. Each chapter doesn’t tell who’s view we are reading but it’s quick to figure out who after the first couple of sentences. If you are looking for a beach read, this is the book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, beach living, family, lies, class, adrenaline rush, diversity
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, Michele Campbell worked at a prestigious Manhattan law firm before spending eight years fighting crime as a federal prosecutor in New York City. She is the author of It’s Always the Husband and She Was the Quiet One. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.