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A Stranger on the Beach

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  774 ratings  ·  617 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Larry H
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
🎉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
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! How dare he!

A chance encounter on the beach, followed by another surprise meeting at the loca
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Caroline Stark is just putting the finishing touches on her brand new beach home when she notices a young man staring at her house from the beach below and this isn't the first time she's seen him out there watching. Busy with making housewarming party plans she quickly forgets about this stranger.

At the housewarming party Caroline and her husband, Jason, get into an argument in front of all of the guests and much to her humiliation. She is convinced that he is having an affair but rather than
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 more. 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.

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 ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading A Stranger on the Beach on 5/3/2019 and finished it on 5/6/2019 at 4:50AM. This book is a great read! As always, I go into the story blindly without reading the synopsis. I liked the start and got confused later on when views don’t add up and realized that the narrators were getting unreliable. I became lost and couldn’t guess where the story was headed and the main characters don’t help because they were confused themselves. I like learning how local beach citizens think of th ...more
"I have never lied to you. I have always told you some version of the truth." (Jack Nicholson)

Michele Campbell packs a wallop of lies, deceits, untruths, and fractured distortions into a wicker picnic basket ready for unpacking at the seashore. All the condiments come in varying sizes and strengths. Some are gonna be whoppers.

Caroline Stark has it all. She stares out of the cathedral window of her newly built lavish beach house. With her background in interior design, this abode has quite the pl
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Talk about one’s life going to hell in a handbasket...Caroline appears to have it all, a loving husband of 20 years, lots of money, a new beach house on the ocean. And all of a sudden, it all goes away, starting at her housewarming party. As the dominoes fall, Caroline has a brief fling with Aidan, a local young man who was a bartender at her party.

Told from two diametrically opposed viewpoints, Caroline’s and Aidan’s, the book moves at a fast clip.

In the beginning, the book reminded me of You
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
What a CRAZY, frantic, page-turning ride! Michele Campbell hooks you from page 1 and never lets go!

Caroline Stark seems to have it all - a gorgeous new beach house, a successful husband and a daughter headed to college. Now it's finally time to focus on herself and revive her career. What better way than to throw a lavish party and re-announce yourself to the world - bigger, bolder and ready for the future?

Unfortunately, Caroline's perfect life is far from perfect. In fact, the shiny surface
Susanne  Strong
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
Feb 05, 2019 is currently reading it
New Michele Campbell?
Say no more...

Thank you, St. Martin's Press, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. I have truly been enjoying it. It's so twisted!!!

This one releases tomorrow, y'all. If you don't have this on summer TBR yet, you should add it!!!
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well well Michele Campbell you fooled me girl.. you definitely fooled me!

Let me tell you.... as you all know I am EXTREMELY picky with the books I choose to read... especially my thrillers. The first two books I've read by this author... were mediocre for me but this because I was SO thrown for a loop by the twist and ending... I have to give it to her ;).

This book was fun... and what I can say is that the obvious is NOT true in this. You're thinking and questioning so many things but let me te
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maybe
Four my head is spinning and my grey cells started to give me “S.O.S” because of too much usage, feel like I got too many slaps on my face, the author definitely played too many mind games and she’s the winner stars!

There are three sides of this book’s story. Caroline’s, Aiden’s and the truth.( it’s out there! Ready to be found by Scully and Mulder)

Caroline tells us she’s the victim. Her husband is cheater. He vacuums all their bank accounts and shows up at their beach house party with his Russi
Mar 17, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read
Recommended to Tucker by: St. Martin's Press

Got this Media package which made my day! Of course, I didn't drink the alcohol because that would be illegal. I let my parents drink it.

Also, I'm hosting a giveaway for an Advanced Reader Copy of this book! Enter here

Many thanks to St. Martin's for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Katie B
This book is a tricky one to rate because I am left trying to decide if the positives outweighed the negatives. The story got off to a real strong start, but about a third of the way in I began to lose interest in some of the characters. Points to the author for coming up with a slightly creative story but there were parts I wish were more fully fleshed out. This is also the type of book you look forward to discussing with other readers because the opinions could be all over the place which is a ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This is one of those books that you ought to take on your holiday and get lost in while you are sunbathing by the pool sipping a mojito. I was hooked from the start after meeting Caroline Stark, 43 interior designer who just discovered that her husband is cheating on her. Caroline finds Aidan staring at her mansion on the beach and at first she thinks he might be a burglar. She later meets him at the local bar where she goes to drink down her failed marriage. Aidan is there to listen, taken by C ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Fans of "The Affair" on Showtime, rejoice! A Stranger on the Beach is DEFINITELY the book for you! Told in alternating perspectives from Caroline to Aidan, you will see the same situations play out through both sets of eyes and clue you in to exactly how perception can differ. But just which of the two is relaying the story more accurately - is it Caroline who's husband's shocking affair has left her jilted and seeking out a handsome younger man to get her revenge - or is it Aidan, who feels thi ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A Stranger on the Beach is an entertaining ride, though the start was more fun than the finish. Caroline has it all - A loving husband of 20 years, a well-behaved daughter, a lavish life in New York City and now, her dream beach house. She throws a party at the new beach house, where her husband, Jason, arrives late, with a new woman. Rumors of his infidelity swirl and he seems dishonest with Caroline, claiming the woman is a business associate.

Caroline drowns her sorrows at a local bar, flirti
Julie (JuJu)
I love the beach...and thrillers, so this book was an instant draw. I didn’t even bother reading the book blurb.

We heard from two narrators—Caroline and Aidan—who told completely different versions of the same story. One of them had to be an unreliable narrator, but which one? At times I wondered if it was both of them. How could two people see the same situation so differently?

Both characters made so many bad decisions, I thought they were competing for the “I’m Stupidest” award”. As it turned
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
4.5 Stars

For the third summer in a row, I've eagerly awaited Michele Campbell's newest thriller and A Stranger on the Beach is my favorite of her three books. Just like her previous books, it has fantastic writing, a clever plot, dynamic characters, and suspenseful twists that make this one a page-turning thrill ride!

Caroline seems to have it all: beauty, wealth, a lovely family, and her gorgeous new beach house. She throws a house-warming party to celebrate when her husband Jason finally arrive
Norma * Traveling Sister
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 defi
Judy Collins
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Clever, Manipulative, Engrossing!

Michele Campbell returns following She Was The Quiet One , landing on my Top Books of 2018 with A STRANGER ON THE BEACH. —A "knock-out" addictive and gripping psychological thriller! Her best yet.

If you are looking for an
Sherri Thacker
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book I could not put down. Nothing and I mean NOTHING is as it appears!!!! So much packed into this book. A shocking twist at the end left my mouth open! Lol My 2nd book by this author and I just love her writing style. Excellent book! Thank you so much NetGalley and the publisher for this book for my honest review. Due out July 2019.
Kim ~ Traveling Sister
Well hello there you fantastic psychological thriller! Wow this book is simply fantastic! It was a 5 star read from page one. I have read and loved Campbell's other books but this one is hands down my favorite.

What happens when you have it all, the perfect marriage, home and life and find out your husband is not being totally honest with you? Your husband of 20 years is acting strangely after you move to your dream home. He appears to be cheating on you and doesn't even make an atte
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell from NetGalley for my honest review.

A twisted thriller that will have you second guessing everything. Loved it!

Caroline Stark has a perfect life. The life people dream of. She is happily married and just built the house of her dreams right on the beach. Then she has a house warming party and her life quickly takes a shift. Caroline's husband, who is cheating, is leaving her and to make things worse, her money is gone.

But so
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating read! At first I was put off by what I felt was a coarse type of writing, but the more I read the more I realized the writing fit the story and was just right to set the tone and atmosphere. I didn't like the main characters, Caroline and Aiden, but they are the kind you love to hate. The narration switches back and forth between Caroline and Aiden, but they are both unreliable narrators and you will only think you know what's really happening. I really liked the back and forth get ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful psychological thriller told from several conflicting perspectives.

Caroline Stark notices the stranger on the beach staring up at her brand new, and very expensive house. He is very handsome, but it looks like he was up to no good. Other houses in the area had recently been robbed, perhaps he is casing the house? He looks like a local and she knew that people like him resented people like her, people that have everything: good looks, apartment in the city, nice car, and fancy
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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 spen

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