Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He's none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce's objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried.
*I received a free ARC of Stranger on the Shore from Carina Press via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
My Stranger on the Shore Review:
Stranger on the Shore is a mystery m/m book, in which Griff wants to write a book about a young boy, heir to a fortune, who was kidnapped twenty years ago. A reporter for a small paper, covering crime, Griff has done his homework, but he’s not feeling so good when he arrives in front of the Arlington mansion on Long Island. It appears that not everybody in the family wants to find Brian again, and Griff himself is pretty sure the boy was killed shortly after he was kidnapped. He does, however, want to bring some closure to the family, and he wouldn’t mind making some money while doing so.
The big mystery wasn’t very hard to get in Stranger on the Shore, but I still enjoyed seeing the story unfold, what choices the various characters would make along the way, and how Griff would finally come to the bottom of things. There is also some pretty strong sexual tension between Griff and the family lawyer, Pierce. And while they started out not even liking each other at all, once they got to know each other a little bit, they showed some appreciation all right.
Stranger on the Shore didn’t completely manage to woo me, though, the romance between Griff and Pierce was pretty rushed, and not completely believable. And as I said, I was able to guess the big mystery very early on, in the first couple of chapters. However, the writing is good, and the descriptions of the characters and their surroundings were well done. I didn’t really like Griff very much either, because he was poor, he felt that he could judge the Arlington’s and he sounded pretty bitchy about that most of the time.
Some of my favorite quotes
Grave blue eyes studied him from beneath formidable white brows. Jarrett Arlington was slim, slight and brown from a lifetime of sailing and golfing and whatever else the very rich did when they weren’t counting their money. Despite his considerable age – he was nearly ninety – he still had a full head of hair, which stood up cockatoo-like.
Mather looked to be in his mid-thirties, slick and corporate in an expensive and impeccably tailored suit. Too good looking. The kind of guy with a morbidly obese stock portfolio, a lifetime gym membership and a country-club wife.