A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

A Stranger on the Beach

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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Available Tomorrow – July 23, 2019!

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.

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It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

It's Always the Husband

What a catchy title! I’ve been eyeing this novel for about a year, debating whether or not to read it. There has been some mixed reviews and there are always so many other books to read. Finally this month, I reserved a copy from the library and dove right in!

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

Ah the title. I was thinking the whole time while reading, how was the title going to come into play. During the novel, a woman is murdered and automatically the husband is put front and centre as the prime suspect. I was interested on how the author would play on this stereotype.

At the end of the book, I was really torn. I’m still really torn. There are aspects of the book that I really enjoyed. I couldn’t put it down, I was interested in the past and present story lines. I liked how people weren’t how they appeared.

There was also a lot of parts that I really didn’t like. The 3 lead female characters were really unlikable and by the end I couldn’t stand them. I felt a bit cheated by the ending. I was hoping to be blown away and I definitely wasn’t.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. I’m going right in the middle for this one. If the description interests you and you want to know if it was really the husband, then go for it! But I don’t think I would tell anyone to read this one as I have read so many great thrillers lately.

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