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Thriller | A Stranger on the Beach | Michele Campbell

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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.

Book cover for A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell is published by HQ and available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.


A Stranger on the Beach is a wonderful example of a psychological thriller, an addictive read.  

Caroline is organising a housewarming party in her new, luxurious beach house in the Hamptons, unfortunately her husband calls to say he probably will not attend, due to work. Jason does turn up to the party but brings another woman and declares his desire for a divorce.  

Caroline the next day decides to take revenge by bringing home the bartender from a local bar. Aiden soon becomes infatuated with Caroline but she dislikes his obsessive behaviour.  

One night during a storm, Aiden finds himself covered in blood without any memory of what happened. The rest of the story follows the police working through the evidence.  

A great book filled with twists and I loved that Caroline and Aiden both shared their perspective of similar events. It was interesting to work out which side was telling the truth.  

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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 spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels. She has 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.

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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