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 Comfortand 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 And Disturbing And When Caroline S Husband Goes Missing, Her Life Descends Into A Nightmare That Leaves Her Accused Of Her Own Husband S Murder. 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. 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 and 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. 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 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 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 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 A Stranger on the Beach , 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 Revenge 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 A Stranger on the Beach 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 See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at 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 detailwhere 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 How dare he 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 Two perspectivesone affair 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 beachor even in a bar This was a rapid, easy thriller, great for a summer readconsidering 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. 4.5 stars Caroline and Jason Stark have been married for 20 years Like most couples, their relationship has had its ups and downs Lately, it seems down than up With their only child, Hannah, recently off to college, and Jason traveling a lot for work, Caroline focuses her energy on building her Hamptons dream house.After the lavish project is completed, 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 view spoiler with ANOTHER WOMAN hide spoiler Looking for a fun, fast summer beach read 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 own little reality Hmm I think I know Caroline and Aiden have a roller coaster of a relationship and most would agree that it did not start off on the right track 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. 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 3.5 Stars rounded down One Crazy Wild Thriller An Affair A Life Destroyed in Mere Seconds Alternating Perspectives of Caroline Stark and Aidan, A Stranger on the Beach There was a moment where my eyes literally popped and I mean popped That good old fashioned skeevy feeling took hold You know, the one that makes your skin crawl Yeah, I think I still feel it Trust your instincts ladies That s all I m going to say I trusted mine and admittedly, I had this novel figured out from the get go, however I don t think that everyone will.This is a novel for which it is best to go in blind No reading the blurb or reading reviews that give anything away Just dive in A Stranger on the Beach is an insanely fast paced read You will tear through it like a bag of Sour Patch Kids While I did find parts of the plot to be far fetched, I must say that this is a crazy and creepy read that will definitely stick with me If you like highly entertaining mystery suspense, I have a feeling that Michelle Campbell s new release will be exactly what you are looking for A buddy read with Kaceey Thank you to Jordan Hanley at St Martin s Press, NetGalley and Michelle Campbell for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on Goodreads and NetGalley on 7.14.19.Will be published on and Twitter on 7.23.19. I enjoyed Stranger on the Beach and it really had me going for a while It wasn t until about 2 3 of the book that I was pretty sure what was going on and still, I wanted to know Aidan, a 27 year old bartender, is fixated with the mansion on his late granddad s former property and he visits the land often, even once a mansion is built on the land Carolyn is the wealthy 43 year old woman who has built the beach mansion, along with her husband, who work works for an investment company The first 2 3 of the story is told from both Carolyn s viewpoint and Aidan s viewpoint How confusing that their versions of the same events are so very different and it s very hard to figure out who is telling the truth In fact, it seems likely that both versions could be unreliable Carolyn is not a likeable character and is very concerned with her reputation among other rich people so her version is surely tainted with her need to be accepted among the wealthy crowd Aidan was convicted of manslaughter as a teenager and he s never overcome the stigma and also the fact that he feels he was wrongly accused Aidan seems a bit unhinged but at the same time sincere Being good seems to be important to Aidan and he doesn t want to let his older brother down since his older brother has done so much to help Aidan The story changes once Carolyn s husband goes missing, with enough of his blood left behind that he is surely dead At this point we are led to believe either Carolyn, Aidan, or both of them killed her husband and we now have a young woman detective s version of events added to the story By this time in the story, I had pretty much figured out what was going on and also had moved firmly onto the side of one of the main characters I was glad the story wrapped up the way it did and I like to think the bad guy s have justice coming their way, from some characters that they should not have angered Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for this ARC.
- 352 pages
- A Stranger on the Beach
- Michele Campbell
- 13 August 2017 Michele Campbell