Friday, September 27, 2019

A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

Title: A Stranger on the Beach
Author: Michele Campbell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: July 23, 2019

There is a stranger outside Caroline's house.

Her spectacular new beach house, built for hosting expensive parties and vacationing with the family she thought she'd have. But her husband is lying to her and everything in her life is upside down, so when the stranger, Aiden, shows up as a bartender at the same party where Caroline and her husband have a very public fight, it doesn't seem like anything out of the ordinary.

As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she's built for herself starts to crumble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort...and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aiden's obsession with Caroline, her family, and her house grows more and more disturbing. And when Caroline's husband goes missing, her life descends into a nightmare that leaves her accused of her own husband's murder.

A Stranger on the Beach was a fast-paced, easy-read and suspenseful thriller that had me entertained from page one.

Caroline Stark is a forty-two-year-old woman who takes care of herself. She's a beautiful woman loves her husband and her daughter too. She thinks her life is doing great until she starts noticing that her husband has been acting distant for a few months and when she has planned an amazing party at their new beach house, he tells her, he might not be able to make it. However, he shows up but not alone, a woman has followed him in. When Caroline confronts him, he leaves her to go after the other woman leaving Caroline behind devastated.

When Caroline stops at a bar, she sees Aidan Callahan again. The first time she noticed him, he was looking at her beach house. The second time, he was working at the party she had thrown and now the third time, he's her bartender. Caroline can't avoid noticing how attractive Aidan is and after a night of passion, she believes it to be just a one night stand. What she wasn't expecting was for Aidan to become obsessed with her. Or was he?

This is where the story becomes engrossing. Two different POVs are told to the readers. One by Caroline and one by Aidan. One of them is lying. Which one is it? More importantly, why? and is the Truth going to come out in time?

I couldn't put down A Stranger on the Beach. It was well-written with good character development and so deliciously devious that made this love of thrillers quite happy. I'm not going to lie, I saw what the end game was from way too early but it didn't dimer my pleasure in the least.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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