Caroline Stark’s beach house was supposed to be her crowning achievement: a lavish, expensive space to showcase what she thought was her perfect family. But after a very public fight with her husband, she realizes things may not be as perfect as they seem: her husband is lying to her, the money is disappearing, and there’s a stranger on the beach outside her house.
As Caroline’s marriage and her carefully constructed lifestyle begin to collapse around her, she turns to Aidan, the stranger, for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aidan’s infatuation with Caroline, her family, and her house becomes more and more destructive. But who is manipulating whom in this deadly game of obsession and control? Who will take the blame when someone ends up dead…and what is Caroline hiding?
This book drew me in right from the beginning. We see Aidan and Caroline’s affair through both of their perspectives. Both have completely different versions of events so you’re getting two different stories which was so intriguing. The story was written in two parts- before the storm and after the storm. I was kind of disappointed that one of the points mentioned in the blurb on the book didn’t happen for ages. Literally 300 or so pages in. I am not a fan of that because I knew it was happening and I was prepared for it. There was no surprise. I was also disappointed that we never got Caroline’s perspective once it got to the second part. I would definitely recommend this book, I really enjoyed it and found the whole story so addictive. I think that the first part was definitely better. The second part was missing Caroline’s voice which had been the main one in part one. I also think it was much too obvious what was going on- I had guessed it immediately once part two began. More mystery would have been nice but I still loved it!