Monday, September 23, 2019

Review: A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell


Title: A Stranger on the Beach
Author: Michele Campbell
Published: July 2019, St. Martin's Press
Format: ARC E-copy, 352 pages
Source: Netgalley via Publisher

Summary: 
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.



My thoughts: A couple years ago, I read Michele Campbell's debut novel, It's Always the Husband, and I absolutely loved it. I knew I would be reading more books from this author and while I somehow missed her sophomore novel, She Was the Quiet One, I certainly wasn't going to let her newest one pass me by.

I love when a book is told in such a way that you can't help but question the main characters and that is exactly what I felt we had here. Told in alternating perspectives of Caroline and Aiden, we see the same story unfold from each of their perspectives. It just goes to show you how we all interpret things differently. But the question remains...who is more reliable? And who is manipulating who?

This book will surprise you at every turn. It's filled with characters that you will love to hate, that will get under your skin but you can't walk away from because you need to know how it all turns out and let me just say this absolutely doesn't go where you think it does!  

If you like stories that deal with obsession and stalking, and manipulation, this one is for you. It's a crazy ride that you will not stop thinking of until you turn that last page. Michele Campbell knows how to craft that unique psychological thriller, while keeping you guessing until the very end. I enjoyed this book and know that she is an author I can count on for entertaining, thrilling reads. 


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4 comments

  1. These two were definitely two that I found myself questioning a lot of the time too. Great review!

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  2. This story sounds like a gripping psychological thriller--no wonder you enjoyed it!

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  3. Great review! I'm listening to this on audio right now and it's definitely a wild ride! I keep describing it in my head as a train wreck, but in a good way--I can't stop listening!

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  4. I have a copy of this on my Kindle, need to get to it!

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