A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
STRANGER ON THE BEACH in a character way reminded me of Caroline Kepnes' YOU, a novel in which I despised and despaired of both protagonist and antagonist. Here, too, the antagonist both repelled and terrified me; and I felt the protagonist often acted foolishly, and although I am not going to engage in "victim-bashing" or "she asked for it," still: foolish behavior is irresponsible and when it involves an abuser or worse, foolishness is downright dangerous. All that glitters is not gold; and smooth talk may conceal a cobra. Buyer, beware. Wealth and society can't protect from all ills.
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