St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 23, 2019
My Rating: 🍪🍪🍪
Caroline is the proud owner of a lavish new beach house that overlooks the sea. Not only is it exactly what she wanted, it is also a splendid status symbol. Aiden, a local bartender, is similarly enthralled with the home, but for an entirely different reason. The land on which the home is built belonged to his family for years. He has myriad fond memories of staring out to sea from the spot that Caroline’s new mansion now occupies.
Caroline takes note of Aiden, watching her house. When she realizes that her husband has (probably) been cheating on her, and happens to stumble into Aiden’s bar distraught, one thing leads to another, and they tumble into bed together. Aiden and Caroline’s story is odd. The way Campbell wrote Aiden’s obsession seemed to come out of nowhere. Even if he had a history of instability, it wasn’t believable. Everything lined up much too perfectly to try to convince the reader that they were being told a certain story. It was very obvious to me what the twist was going to be, and I felt like I was just waiting for it to unfold. I’ve read a lot of thrillers, so I’m not easily tricked by predictable false perspectives.
When Caroline’s husband Jason goes missing, I was a little more intrigued, I couldn’t figure out how his storyline would quite fit in with Caroline and Aiden’s. His ongoing excuse for his shady behavior was that he had work obligations. Not actually knowing what he did, this always seemed a little too vague.
Ultimately, I was intrigued enough to finish this book. I was desperate to know how Campbell would unveil the truth. That being said, I would pass on this one if you’re weighing thrillers. The structure is too predictable, even if the plot is, at times, riveting.