A stranger on the beach by Michele Campbell (Paperback publication day)

A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“From the bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband comes a novel about a love triangle that begins on a fateful night… 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, Aidan, 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 Aidan for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aidan’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:-

Wow – this was the thriller that kept me guessing until the very end.

I had read the opening chapters on the Readers First website and was intrigued. So I was thrilled to receive a review copy from HQ Fiction.

Caroline is the posh wife of a financier, with a place in the city and the new beach house with a husband who is lying to her. Aidan is a local boy, whose granddad had a small place on the beach which is now replaced by Caroline’s massive beach house.

Caroline and Aiden have a one night stand which was meant to be fun but then the story becomes sinister – Aiden is falling for Caroline whilst Caroline is scared by his infatuation. I found the use of showing the two sides of the story slightly confusing to start with but this certainly built up the suspense. I didn’t know who to believe (Aidan v Caroline) – I recommend that you read it to find out. I read this late into the night to find out the answers – couldn’t fall asleep until I knew.

The author:

Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases. 

A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels. 

She’s had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her.

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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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