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.
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The story starts off as one that everyone has heard before – wife and husband fight, husband seems to have an affair, so the wife goes out and has her own revenge affair. You may think you have read this story before, but A Stranger on the Beach is definitely not one you have read before!
The story is unique because you get the side of both Caroline (wife) and Aiden (young bartender) as they are going through their affair. Their stories don’t match up and it’s a bit confusing to understand what is really happening. I found myself flip flopping to decide who to believe.
The last 25% of the novel really picks up when Caroline’s husband goes missing. I sadly was able to see most of the twists coming, so nothing was too shocking to me by the end of the novel.
3 calculators out of a potential 5. A twisty novel that had me guessing who to believe, but sadly didn’t blow me away.
Thank you to Netgallery and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
9 thoughts on “A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell”
I loved the book a bit more than you. Lovely review
I like unpredictable twisty books
Love the cover!
I hate when I can figure out the twists! Great review!
This sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing!
Sounded so good at the outset.
Great review. I like the synopsis, pity it didn’t fully work for you.
Doesn’t seem like my kind of read
I feel the mysteries are either 5 stars or 2 or 3 stars. And it seems like this one was the 2/3 stars for you.