Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinons expressed here are my own.
Vacation can be a killer.
Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show.
It is January 2013, following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The luxury resort is struggling, not from the storm, but due to a scathing review from caustic travel writer, Matthew Kane. The owners have invited him back with hopes he will pen a more favorable review to restore their reputation.
Even though she is haunted by her own demons, Kate feels compelled to help. She sets out to discover the motivation behind Kane's vitriol. Used to getting what he wants, has the reviewer met his match in Kate? Or has she met hers?
Stranger at Sunset is a slow-burning mystery/thriller as seen through the eyes of different narrators, each with their own murky sense of justice. As Kate's own psychological past begins to unravel, a mysterious stranger at Sunset may be the only one who can save her.
I was grabbed from the very opening. This book is not as easy to figure out as you would think. The reader gets involved in the lives of the characters. You are invested in them to the point you must continue to read, just to find out what happens to them. You will find characters like Matthew that you don't like because he is extremely egotistical. You will find characters like Rob that will repulse you because being from the south and acting dumb and not caring is not an endearing quality. Then there is Kate. You will want to continue to read just to find out what secrets she is hiding, because obviously there has to be something there. The setting is so well described and woven throughout the story that the reader feels as if they are sitting on the beach or feeling the wind blow through their hair. It made me want to visit Sunset Villa. I have never read any of this author's previous books as she writes a genre I do ot read. This was a great book and one I will recommend.