What the hell did I just read? I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of books with women having TONS of sex. A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell is what I would call a beach book with little plausibility.
Caroline appears to have a picture perfect life. She has a loving husband of 20 years, a smart daughter, a lavish life in New York City and now she has her dream beach house. While throwing a party at her new beach house, Caroline sees her husband arrive late to their own party and with a new woman. When she confronts her husband Jason, about this he claims the woman is a business associate. But Caroline thinks there is more than meets the eye — his dishonesty and infidelity starts to swirl.
In an attempt to drown her sorrow, Caroline starts to flirt with a sexy bartender at her local bar, Aidan. After a one night stand with Aidan, Caroline realises she’s made a horrible mistake. He isn’t the same guy from the night before and based on the way he’s acting and his dark past, Caroline knows she needs to get away from him. As the story unravels and is told from both Caroline and Aidan’s perspectives, one has to wonder who can be trusted?
I was seriously intrigued by the first half of this story, but then halfway through it I almost threw my Kindle against the wall. I mean, what the f**k Caroline? Could you get any more ridiculous? From her stupidity to her poor choices, I had absolutely no sympathy for this character at all! I couldn’t connect to her or her family and by the end of the book I wanted horrible crap to happen to her because of how naive and simple she was throughout the book.
On a positive note though, this did have it’s fair share of drama and twists. While it is slightly over the top with the plot, it is a rather entertaining book that’s fast-paced. At times it felt like a book you could bring with to the beach, but then throw into the ocean with frustration.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, entertaining yet implausible beach read for the summer, look no further than A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell. But be prepared to truly be disappointed by the characters, the plot and dubious amounts of sex with strangers…on a beach.
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Michele Campbell for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.