A Stranger on the Beach

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...

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  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Happy Pub Day to this amazing book!!!

    Holy Shooty Balls!!! Gripping, highly compulsive, & spine-tingling suspense!

    A STRANGER ON THE BEACH by MICHELE CAMPBELL is an engrossing, chilling, suspenseful, fun, easy, brisk, and mind-bending psychological thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. I was immediately sucked into the narrative and devoured every single page of this highly entertaining and deceptive book. Once I started reading it I was hooked and so absorbed in the storyline that I los

    Happy Pub Day to this amazing book!!!

    Holy Shooty Balls!!! Gripping, highly compulsive, & spine-tingling suspense!

    A STRANGER ON THE BEACH by MICHELE CAMPBELL is an engrossing, chilling, suspenseful, fun, easy, brisk, and mind-bending psychological thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. I was immediately sucked into the narrative and devoured every single page of this highly entertaining and deceptive book. Once I started reading it I was hooked and so absorbed in the storyline that I lost all sense of time.

    My nose was definitely lost in this book and nothing was going to distract me until I finished reading it.

    MICHELE CAMPBELL delivers quite the impressive, clever, complex, tension-filled and well-written read here that was extremely well-plotted, well-layered and well-played. The story was deliciously told from the perspectives of both Caroline and Aidan. And let me tell you I absolutely loved the manipulative and obsessive nature of both of their perspectives. It was extremely fun trying to figure out who the unreliable character was here. Both perspectives fed right into each other perfectly.

    Publication Date: July 23, 2019

    * Traveling Sisters Read *

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: Love the boldness, dark, and ominous beach setting.

    Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and such a notable and worthy representation to storyline.

    Writing/Prose: Well-written, engrossing, smart, compelling, and compulsively readable.

    Plot: Clever, intriguing, manipulative, puzzling, twisty, intense, suspenseful, riveting, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. An absolutely fabulous and juicy storyline!!!!

    Ending: Intense, flabbergasting, exciting, & wholly satisfying!

    Armchair Detective Skills: Okay, I had my suspicions early on with the who but never would have guessed the why, what or reasoning behind the motivations that was driving these characters.

    Overall: It was such an irresistibly fun and entertaining book and another winner added to my favourite reads shelf. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!!! Would definitely recommend!

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Michele Campbell for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. It was an absolute pleasure reading this fun novel!!

    Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    🎉Five Blew My Mind Stars!!🎉

    Caroline is convinced that her husband is having an affair and then she meets Aiden, a stranger on the beach. As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she built for herself starts to crum ble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort and revenge. After a one night stand that means nothing to Caroline, means everything to Aiden. Aiden is obsessed with Caroline, her family and the house grows more and more disturbing. Aiden seems to be unstable and he end

    🎉Five Blew My Mind Stars!!🎉

    Caroline is convinced that her husband is having an affair and then she meets Aiden, a stranger on the beach. As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she built for herself starts to crum ble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort and revenge. After a one night stand that means nothing to Caroline, means everything to Aiden. Aiden is obsessed with Caroline, her family and the house grows more and more disturbing. Aiden seems to be unstable and he ends up stalking her family.

    This was an awesome twisty read that just blew my mind. It was a big surprise for me and it sure was not predictable. It was a fast paced read. I was immediately drawn into the story from the beginning to the end.

    The book goes back and forth from Aidenn's point of view to Caroline's point of view. This was a roller coaster ride. I did not know what was going on or who to believe.

    This book kept me guessing till the very end. This book was so entertaining.

    This book is one of my favorite thrillers for this year and it also made my top 10 favorite list.

    This was a Traveling Sister Read and I think we all enjoyed it.

    I want to thank Jordan from St. Martin's Press for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Deanna

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    Forty-two-year-old

    loves her new beach house and she can't wait to show it off at her upcoming housewarming party. But when her husband, Jason tells her that he's not sure if he can attend the party, Caroline is very upset.

    The night of the party, Caroline tries to enjoy herself. However, she can’t stop watching the door. Eventually, her husband does show up, but he’s not alone. Caroline is horrified and embarr

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    Forty-two-year-old

    loves her new beach house and she can't wait to show it off at her upcoming housewarming party. But when her husband, Jason tells her that he's not sure if he can attend the party, Caroline is very upset.

    The night of the party, Caroline tries to enjoy herself. However, she can’t stop watching the door. Eventually, her husband does show up, but he’s not alone. Caroline is horrified and embarrassed. Who is the woman with Jason? Is he having an affair?

    On top of everything, Caroline notices that a lot of money has gone missing. So not only is her husband likely having an affair, now it seems like he's going to leave Caroline broke too.

    It’s during this time that Caroline first meets Aidan Callahan. She is out for a run when she sees him standing on the beach staring at her house. There’s been a string of robberies in the area lately. Is he admiring the beach house? Or casing it?

    can’t believe his luck when Caroline Stark walks into the bar where he works. He recognizes her right away. She owns the house that was built on his grandfather‘s land. His grandfather’s fishing shack was his favorite place as a child. He REALLY wants to see the inside of that huge house.

    Aidan doesn't like the way Caroline's husband treats her, especially after what he saw the night of her housewarming party.

    Caroline can’t decide what to do about her marriage. At first, Aidan's attention makes Caroline feel good. He takes her away from her problems. But when it seems like Aidan is becoming a bit possessive, Caroline isn’t sure what to do. For her, it was the perfect one night stand. For him, it was so much more.

    But of course, things aren't always what they seem.

    This psychological suspense novel was a quick and engaging read. With the different points of view and the same incidents experienced in different ways, I was a little confused at first. However, it wasn’t long before I caught on. Some parts were definitely over the top, but I still really enjoyed the story. I couldn’t wait to see how it all turned out.

    ” was a suspenseful tale of lies, obsession, guilt, and revenge that kept me guessing. When the truth was finally revealed, I was completely surprised!

    All in all, I thought this was a great summer read!

    I'd like to thank St. Martin's Press for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  • Holly  B

    This one features a beach front setting, an obsessive relationship, and two POV's. One in first person and one in third person, but they don't exactly match up, so we must decide who is being truthful and who is living in their

    Caroline and Aiden have a roller coaster of a relationship and most would agree that it

    . Her being a seemingly happily married woman and Aiden bei

    This one features a beach front setting, an obsessive relationship, and two POV's. One in first person and one in third person, but they don't exactly match up, so we must decide who is being truthful and who is living in their

    Caroline and Aiden have a roller coaster of a relationship and most would agree that it

    . Her being a seemingly happily married woman and Aiden being a complete stranger who shows up at a time when Caroline is feeling weakness. Especially since she has just caught her hubby with a mysterious Russian woman. Maybe revenge is what she is feeling?

    I do love an unreliable narrator and there were some twists that I saw and a few that definitely surprised me.

    I loved how this ended, I was completely absorbed as the action and pace revved up during last few chapters. There was no putting it down until the end. Maybe a perfect storm?

    Thanks so much to St. Martin's Press for my review copy. OUT  JULY 23,2019.

    Blog review closer to publication.

     

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    Caroline and Jason Stark have been married for 20-years. Like most couples, their relationship has had its ups-and-downs; recently, more down than up.

    With their only child, Hannah, recently off to college, and Jason traveling a lot more for work, Caroline focuses her energy on building her Hamptons dream house.

    After the lavish project is complete, Caroline decides to throw a house warming party, inviting all of their rich and influential friends. Unfortunately, Jason tells Caroline

    Caroline and Jason Stark have been married for 20-years. Like most couples, their relationship has had its ups-and-downs; recently, more down than up.

    With their only child, Hannah, recently off to college, and Jason traveling a lot more for work, Caroline focuses her energy on building her Hamptons dream house.

    After the lavish project is complete, Caroline decides to throw a house warming party, inviting all of their rich and influential friends. Unfortunately, Jason tells Caroline he is stuck at a 'work thing' and will be unable to attend.

    She's saddened by this news, as she was really hoping to reconnect with him and show off the beautiful home, no small accomplishment. Then in a jaw-dropping turn of events, Jason does arrive at the house...

    !!!

    As you can imagine, the proverbial shit hits the fan.

    Days after wallowing in it, Caroline gets herself up, out of the house and straight to a popular local watering hole. Once there, she recognizes the guy behind the bar. He was actually the bartender provided by the catering company on the night of her ill-fated house warming.

    Instead of cowering in embarrassment, she decides to embrace it and proceeds to flirt with him all night whilst getting elbows deep in some vodka sodas.

    Enter Aidan Callahan. Young and handsome with a troubled past. Once he sets his sights on Caroline, and her house, he is nothing if not laser focused. What could go wrong?

    Immediately after the first tryst, Aidan seems to like Caroline a little too much. She notices him suddenly everywhere. She can't get rid of him and fears angering him. Is this your typical stalker behavior or something more?

    Alternating between Caroline and Aidan's perspectives, this book is so full of twists and turns, you won't know who to believe. The truth is hidden in here somewhere but good luck discovering it from these two! This story is so compelling, so chilling; a true tale of suspense.

    I loved the highly-readable format of this. I think Campbell's choices in the development of this story were close to perfection. For the first 3/4 of the book, you are getting that twisted back-and-forth perspective and then suddenly...the main event.

    The the final 1/4 follows new perspectives of the investigators called in to discover the truth. I thought this was unique and really well played.

    The one small issue I had was that once you got to the investigation portion of the story, with the evidence put forth early on, it's pretty clear what actually happened. I am not sure too many people will be fooled at that point but regardless, really well written, great characters, fast-paced, gripping; I really, really liked it and was satisfied with the conclusion!

    Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. Michele Campbell is definitely one of my go-to authors. I love her storytelling. If you haven't read any of her books yet, this is a great one to start with and perfect for summer fun!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kaceey

    Caroline is arranging the party of a lifetime at her beach home. But it’s not purely entertainment. She’s also hoping to use this opportunity as a re-launch of her design career.

    Everything is set and prepared to perfection. Beautiful, just one minor detail...where is her husband? Suddenly he’s spotted across the room, and he is definitely not alone. Lover boy has a ravishing brunette hanging onto him!

    A chance encounter on the beach, followed by another surprise meeting at the loca

    Caroline is arranging the party of a lifetime at her beach home. But it’s not purely entertainment. She’s also hoping to use this opportunity as a re-launch of her design career.

    Everything is set and prepared to perfection. Beautiful, just one minor detail...where is her husband? Suddenly he’s spotted across the room, and he is definitely not alone. Lover boy has a ravishing brunette hanging onto him!

    A chance encounter on the beach, followed by another surprise meeting at the local watering hole, brings Caroline together with Aidan – the local bad boy. Maybe it’s time for a little pay back for her husband. Perhaps it’s her chance to turn the tables!

    Quickly, everything spirals out of control. How can one night change everything so drastically, so quickly!

    Told from both Caroline and Aidans’ points of view. Fascinating how two people’s version of that one night can be so very different!

    Michele Campbell writes a gripping thriller soaked in obsession and revenge that will have you thinking twice about trusting anyone you meet on a beach...or even in a bar!

    This was a rapid, easy thriller, great for a summer read...considering it takes place on a beach!

    There were some delicious twists along the way, though I did predict the ending.

    Another great buddy read with Susanne!

    Thank you to Jordan Hanley at St Martin’s Press, NetGalley and Michele Campbell for an ARC to read and review.

  • Dita

    I stayed up until 2:30 this morning to finish this one and even if I feel tired today it will have been SO worth it!

    Michele Campbell hits it out of the park again with this amazing thriller! Caroline has a life many would envy; a gorgeous new beach home, a successful husband, a loving family, a job title she can toss around even as she spends her days running on the beach and working on her new house. But sometimes things are not as they seem. Caroline is already lonely when she discovers that h

    I stayed up until 2:30 this morning to finish this one and even if I feel tired today it will have been SO worth it!

    Michele Campbell hits it out of the park again with this amazing thriller! Caroline has a life many would envy; a gorgeous new beach home, a successful husband, a loving family, a job title she can toss around even as she spends her days running on the beach and working on her new house. But sometimes things are not as they seem. Caroline is already lonely when she discovers that her husband is cheating on her.

    Alone and confused, she spends what was meant to be one careless and carefree night with the local bartender, Aidan. Only Aidan has different plans and if Caroline thought her life was a nightmare before she let Aidan into her bed? Well, she's about to find out just how bad things can get....

    Told from a few POVs, some reliable and some not-so- much, OMG, this one was so fun and so completely, dangerously absorbing!

    Thank you to Michele Campbell, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  • Larry H

    In the profound words of Keanu Reeves, "Whoa." This book takes you on quite a ride!

    With the completion of her incredible new beach house in the Hamptons, Caroline Stark finally has everything she wants—the lavish showplace of a home, a handsome and successful husband, the perfect family. Even if things aren't quite as storybook as they seem, she's come a long way from being raised by alcoholic parents and working her way through school to support her husband.

    One night she sees a man on the beach

    In the profound words of Keanu Reeves, "Whoa." This book takes you on quite a ride!

    With the completion of her incredible new beach house in the Hamptons, Caroline Stark finally has everything she wants—the lavish showplace of a home, a handsome and successful husband, the perfect family. Even if things aren't quite as storybook as they seem, she's come a long way from being raised by alcoholic parents and working her way through school to support her husband.

    One night she sees a man on the beach near her house. He's young, handsome, and rough around the edges. But when her marriage literally falls apart during her housewarming party, and she discovers that all of her money is gone, suddenly this young man is what Caroline needs. Aidan is a local boy with a troubled past, and he offers her more than his shoulder to cry on. At first she thinks she can rely on him to help her solve the situation with her husband, but she quickly sees that he's a bit more unhinged than she realized.

    Aidan doesn't quite realize that Caroline is manipulating him, for he has fallen head over heels in love with her. He knows they'll be together once her husband is out of the picture. And when Caroline tells him she needs his help, he knows he'll do anything for her, anything so they can live happily ever after, in that beautiful house on the beach.

    In Michele Campbell's

    , you see the story unfold through both Aidan and Caroline's eyes, meaning you see some of the same events and situations interpreted in completely different ways. Who is manipulating whom? Is there an innocent victim amidst all of the scheming? And when someone winds up dead, who is to blame?

    This book had so many twists and turns, I honestly didn't know how Campbell would tie everything up even as I raced toward the last page. You see such different interpretations of what happens and you have no idea what to believe. I didn't find either character particularly sympathetic, but I couldn't tear myself away, because I absolutely had to see what the outcome would be.

    I love a book that keeps me guessing, but I'll admit the plot took so many hairpin turns that I got confused at least a few times. Still, this is one of the most compulsively readable books I've read in a while, and it will be the perfect book to devour while relaxing on the beach this summer. It's like Liane Moriarty crossed with the television show

    . This is a little bit soapy, a little bit campy, and a whole lot of crazy—it definitely will be a book everyone is talking about.

    The rich may be different, but they're just as screwed up as we are, if not more!

    is the proof you need of that.

    St. Martin's Press provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!

    The book will be published July 23, 2019.

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  • Debra

    Nicely Played.....

    There are books marked as Psychological thrillers and then there are the ACTUAL Psychological thrillers!!!! Holy Cow!

    This is a book that I think it is best to go in as blind as possible. When you seem to have it all and your whole world crumbles what do you do? Who do you turn to? Caroline appears to have it all - good looks, a handsome husband, a beach house, an apartment in the city, fancy clothes, a nice car but everything falls to pieces all in one night. Things get even wo

    Nicely Played.....

    There are books marked as Psychological thrillers and then there are the ACTUAL Psychological thrillers!!!! Holy Cow!

    This is a book that I think it is best to go in as blind as possible. When you seem to have it all and your whole world crumbles what do you do? Who do you turn to? Caroline appears to have it all - good looks, a handsome husband, a beach house, an apartment in the city, fancy clothes, a nice car but everything falls to pieces all in one night. Things get even worse when Caroline's husband goes missing.

    This was a smart psychological thriller told through Caroline and Aiden's POV. This is the fun part as we see two different perspectives about the same events. Is one viewing the situations through rose-colored glasses? Is one unreliable? Is one manipulating the other? Is one dangerous? Who can be trusted? Who is to be believed?

    This book had quite a few twists and turns which kept the action moving at just the right pace. I love when I think I have a book figured out and then it pulls the wool over my eyes. This one certainly did that. This was a fun page-turner full of are-you-freaking-kidding-me-moments and I savored every page. When nothing is as it seems, what is it then? Read and find out!

    Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I'm going to keep this one short and to the point, because so many other reviewers have given much more helpful thoughts on this book already. While the plot was intriguing and featured a clever idea, I found myself having trouble connecting with the characters. I'm quite likely in the minority here, but the multiple scenes that are told from one perspective first, and then the other, slowed down the pacing in the middle portion and I found myself struggling to stay focused. Overall, a light sum

    I'm going to keep this one short and to the point, because so many other reviewers have given much more helpful thoughts on this book already. While the plot was intriguing and featured a clever idea, I found myself having trouble connecting with the characters. I'm quite likely in the minority here, but the multiple scenes that are told from one perspective first, and then the other, slowed down the pacing in the middle portion and I found myself struggling to stay focused. Overall, a light summer read full of drama, and definitely a must read for fans of Bravo tv.

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