I’ll be honest with you, the first time I sat down to read Stranger on the Shore I just couldn’t get in to it. In hindsight, I’m pretty glad about that because I just wasn’t in the right head space. A month or so later, I sat down one sunny morning on a sandy beach in Boa Vista, Cape Verde while holidaying and decided to give it another go and, before I knew it, the sun was setting and I’d read the day away!
I was captivated with the main character from his very introduction. Griff Hadley is an investigative journalist, fresh off the crime beat and is headed towards the Arlington Estate where some twenty-odd years ago young Brian Arlington was snatched from his bed one tragic night. His arrival is anything but welcomed.
It’s almost impossible not immerse yourself into Griff’s world of questions and mystery. No sooner are you drawn to a character and find yourself warming to them, you’ll begin to question their motives and reason.
Crime and mystery is not really my cup of tea, I’m more of a fantasy kind of guy, but I really could not put this book down! The author explores the ideas of the great class divide, the perceptions of the rich by the “poor” and vice-versa. It shines a light on the fact that even the richest families will have their feuds.
Once you start reading and you meet the various characters, you’ll be hooked. The intimate scenes are well written and not your typical “50 shades sex every other line” style of writing. They are realistic and relatable.
From start to finish you’ll want to dig up the dirt on the history of the Arlingtons and Griff himself.
We all have a skeleton or two in the closet, whether we know it or not.
Twenty years ago, little Brian Arlington was kidnapped from his family’s Long Island estate and was never seen again. The trail went cold, but investigative journalist Griff Hadley has always thought there was more to the story—much more. When the Arlingtons’ patriarch invites him to stay at their estate to research his true crime book, Griff can’t say no. It’s the story of a lifetime.
But not everyone is happy about Griff’s presence. Relatives and staff alike regard him coldly, including Pierce Mather, the Arlingtons’ attractive lawyer, who is more than a little wary of Griff’s motives.
When a stranger shows up claiming to be the long-lost Brian, Griff and Pierce are united in their suspicions. Startled to have found an ally in the buttoned-up lawyer, Griff soon realizes it’s hard to keep a professional distance. Even in the midst of a groundbreaking investigation, even in the face of a shocking family secret…