Review: A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell


Release date: July 23, 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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. 


This. Book. Was. Wild! If you’re looking for a fun, beachy thriller to lose yourself in this summer, this would be ideal as long as a slightly over the top plot doesn’t bother you that is! But from a purely read for entertainment standpoint this fits the bill as it’s fun and fast paced.

This is told from both Caroline and Aiden’s point of view, and boy do they have different viewpoints. At first I struggled to decide who I thought was telling the truth, they both seemed unreliable but soon enough I saw where things were going and I was right. But for once that didn’t really annoy me, I had more of an issue with the direction the story headed, pretty ridiculous and over the top, but also sorta fun?! I definitely kept reading and was engaged so despite my minor issues I did enjoy it. If you’re a fan of the author you’ll like this I think, it was something different from her but also had her signature strong writing style.

Overall rating: 3/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy

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