There is a stranger outside Caroline’s house…
With conversational, uncomplicated prose, Campbell masterfully weaves a plot that is unpredictable – and unreliable – right from the very start.
Thrillers are difficult to get right, and there’s usually a character that you find infuriating – this was true for most characters in A Stranger on the Beach. But Campbell struck an adept balance between hateable characters and keeping you hooked. By the end, I just wanted to know who I should hate the most.
Unlike most thrillers, Campbell doesn’t just rely on dropping a bombshell twist two thirds of the way through – there are twists and turns galore from start to finish. The first person narration blinds you to the bigger picture, and switching perspectives on the same event adds a new layer that I haven’t experienced elsewhere. I don’t want to give too much a way but, even after completing the novel, I’m not entirely sure who was reliable and who wasn’t.
Dark, hooking, psychological and sexy, if you love fast-moving thrillers – and you were totally absorbed by The Girl on the Train and Before I Go to Sleep – A Stranger on the Beach is the perfect book to hook you this summer.
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