Stranger on the Shore

Stranger on the Shore

by Josh Lanyon

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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…


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426898327
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/05/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 61,846
File size: 332 KB

About the Author

Josh Lanyon's work has been translated into eleven languages. An Eppie Award winner and four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, she is the first ever recipient of the Goodreads M/M Hall of Fame award.

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Stranger on the Shore 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The overarching plot twist is predictable, BUT it still keeps you guessing as a good mystery should and it still has plenty of twists, so it was deliberate. Good prose, good plot, good character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all od Josh Lanyon's this one is very well written. I love this book and read it regulary. Josh certainly has a way with words you wil, not be disappointed.
WyndDancer More than 1 year ago
I finished it this morning and, as I expected, completely enjoyed the story. It's easy to figure out one of the major plot twists early on, but I was still surprised by events at the end. The romance between Pierce and Griff develops nicely and has a sweet and satisfying conclusion. I just wish I could read Josh's books more slowly, savoring them over time, but I just can't help gobbling up the whole thing right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pretty much love all Josh Lanyon books; the author has a real talent for creating believable, complex characters and realistic settings with just a few carefully chosen details, and a great ear for dialogue. I often find myself appreciating a well-turned phrase of description that makes me feel as if I am right there, without overdoing it. You know with a Lanyon story you are in for a treat, something to be savored and reread many times. Enjoy!
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I've loved every single story i've read from Josh Lanyon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lanyon's "Stranger on the Shore" is a wonder mix of mystery, deceit, betrayal, lust, and love. It was a lot of fun to watch Pierce and Griff dance around one another for a few days, and then try to figure out if what they had was real -- all while trying to solve a kidnapping and murder. Highly recommended to fans of the Adrien English series, the Fair Play/Fair Game, and White Knight/Dark Horse books, also by Lanyon. -- lyradora
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I really like Josh Lanyon's books. This mystery wasn't as complex as others, but it still had nice characters and development. And if you haven't already, I highly reccommend his Adrien English mystery series. I've read them all twice and keep hoping he'll wright more.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Stranger on the Shore, Josh Lanyon Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews I recognised the name from a book I read and enjoyed some time ago, and although Josh has written many books somehow I've not read any since. Anyway, this sounded interesting so I requested it. It’s a suspense novel with a strong romantic thread running through. It's m/m romance, that doesn't matter to me, I just love a good romance, I enjoy best books focussed on people and this one does that perfectly. Griff is writing his first book, been given unprecedented access to the family, house and photos of the missing child. Jarret, little Brian's grandfather is an interesting character, and its clear that what he's hoping is that through this book research Griff may uncover some new detail. Griff isn't so convinced of that but does feel there's more to the story that revealed and that he can get a different angle on it. The family though aren't as happy as Jarret, and are a strange mix. Grief can do odd things to people, but these seem as though they were weird even before the tragedy. The family solicitor Pierce is strongly anti the book, and tries all sorts of things to persuade Griff not to write it. He's seen so many people come and try to pass off as the missing boy – man now of 24 - that he suspects Griff has some hidden motive. He's very protective of Jarret, very close to him, and doesn't want him upset yet again. Griff and Pierce really don't hit it off at first and then..gradually...they get closer :-) Then someone turns up claiming to be Brian. Griff and Pierce are both convinced he's not, and are united in trying to prove it, but the family are convinced he's genuine. Then it turns dangerous....and Griff's life is at risk. It’s a great read, not heart stopping intensive thrills, but subtle drama, clever clues laid out for reader, some of which took me in the wrong direction...and though I'd an idea of part of what happened I missed so many clues looking back! The final reveals took me very much by surprise, I just didn't see them coming but it all added up very neatly, no lose ends, no pulling rabbits out of a hat to fit the results..just good strong writing, and a plot that full of interesting characters, tender romance, and lots of mysteries to puzzle over. It’s been a while since thrillers/suspense was my reading mainstay, and I most enjoy books that are based around characters rather than events. This novel was perfect for me as I really enjoyed the characters, they felt real, I wanted Jarret to find his grandchild, was rooting for the romance, loved Griff, and even those in the novel that were odd all had their own very definite characterisations and felt very real. I need that to enjoy a book, if I don't care for the people then I simply don't get engrossed in what’s happened to them. Here there was a fantastic mix of characters. Stars: five, great read, real people, with solid mystery to untangle. ARC received via Netgalley
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amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
When I first started this book it felt like I was reading a cross between Girl With A Dragon Tattoo and a black and white crime drama from the 1940's (and I adore both of those things). It was a typical Josh Lanyon book and by that I mean it was a great book. When I first started reading m/m romance Mr. Lanyon was one of the first authors I read and by read I really mean devoured. I haven't read anything of his in a year or so and I'm kicking myself for this because this book made me remember how much I love his writing. I won't go into the description wife you can read that above and I don't want to give any spoilers away so I'm just going to tell you to read it. You won't be disappointed. There's romance, but it isn't front and center, it's more a growing secondary character that you want to know more about. The mystery is the main focus and while you'll probably guess how it's going to end, the story is quite enjoyable. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery or even someone who is interested in reading the m/m genre for the first time. Mr. Lanyon knows how to write a damn fine book. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.