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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....

©2014 Josh Lanyon (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Possibly the most enjoyable mystery romance I've ever read! Quintessential Lanyon!

When it comes to mystery and gay romance, no other author writes with the mastery and confidence of Josh Lanyon. His story pulls you in immediately and you know that you're in for a completely entertaining romantic adventure.
Lanyon seems to have a formula that always works and always feels new. I say "formula" only because his lovers tend to always start off at odds; one always seems more gruff, restrained, and in the closet. And circumstances conspire to bring the two together often until their mutual attraction is too compelling to ignore.
But I happen to really enjoy a love story where the lovers aren't hopping into bed in the second chapter, but instead have to learn each other's ways, work through misunderstandings and mistakes, and finally develop a true positive regard and appreciation for each other. The hot sex is the icing on the cake,
The mystery itself in this particular story was more moving and engaging because the main character is so very personally involved for the beginning. So much is at stake for him as much as for the possible suspects. Elements of the spoiled rich and class consciousness and references to The Great Gatsby all combine to lend a haunted atmosphere, both ethereal and dangerous. And classic Lanyon.

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Josh Lanyon writes in the style of Hitchcock

I must admit that at first I was unimpressed by the mystery that Mr. Lanyon wrote. However, as the story unfolded, it became clear to me that this was more thriller then mystery. Just like the classic Alfred Hitchcock hero who is in trouble and does not know why, we meet a young newspaper reporter from a small town who is given the chance of a lifetime -- to write about a modern Lindbergh baby kidnapping case with the permission of the family. Slowly but surely as the facts reveal themselves, much more is going on then just the investigation of a 25-year-old crime. Murder and mayhem collide until I was so engrossed by the story, I no longer cared that I figured out the solution to the central mystery only after the first few chapters.

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Cinderfella Lives HEA

An annoying protagonist, a hot attorney, decent sex scenes and a story with enough plot holes to drive Cinderella's carriage through add up to a mediocre read. Try Snowball in Hell instead.

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Did I miss something?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if my friend would like an uncomplicated storyline and an easy listen. I like the way Josh Lanyon involves gay characters as people in non stereotypical roles without making the entire plot about gay angst, sex, and relationship drama. To be sure some of that is present but at least there is something else going on where you could easily substitute straight characters and not miss a beat.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I knew where this story was going very early on and I am not trying to seem precious. It was no stretch. My reaction to the "key plot twist" was more disappointment than surprise. I felt that the author revealed the answer as somewhat of an afterthought and got very little drama out of it. It almost seemed like a chapter or two was missing...or maybe I just fell asleep!

Any additional comments?

Yes....note to Josh....bring back Adrien English!

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A great story and performance

This was my first Josh Lanyon book but it certainly won't be my last. It was so well constructed with some great surprises along the way. Expertly read by Jeremy York.

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Nice suprise

Let me just say up front, that I adore pretty much everything Josh Lanyon writes. I was a little worried right off the bat, because I wasn't grabbed right away. There's a lot of unlikable characters, and it took me a little while to get into the story.

But once I was in, I was IN. Maybe it was all the talk about Gatsby, but this one seemed to be written in an older style, which I adored. And even though my audiobooks are supposed to be for at work listening, I couldn't help but finish this over the weekend!

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A Twist in the Road You Can See a Mile Away

What made the experience of listening to Stranger on the Shore the most enjoyable?

Mostly the only thing I really liked about the book was the romance. There were a lot of aspects that really frustrated me. The romance helped to mellow me out after having little rants about various other things. But there was more frustration than anything.

Would you recommend Stranger on the Shore to your friends? Why or why not?

No. The twist is obvious. The players are inept in their investigation. The hints are painfully obvious. There is no mystery here. It's a very long, drawn out waiting game until what you know is confirmed.

Unless you are very forgiving or tend to not think about the mystery until it's revealed to you I would not bother with this book. It will give you more frustration than joy.

Have you listened to any of Jeremy York’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't. Jeremy may be a decent narrator, but he's in my bad books for one choice he made. When he voiced the man incarcerated for the kidnapping and murder, everything about the voice he used pointed to a stereotypical black man. Having not heard any points that would have outright made it clear the man was a poc I proceeded to borrow the ebook from my library to search through it. From what I found there was no indication that the man convicted of the crime was a poc, and considering the detail paid to others I considered it to be a purposeful decision in Lanyon's writing not to make the man a poc outright.

While there are points that almost lead one to think of John Coffey from The Green Mile, the author makes a point of not stating the man is black. So, then, for the narrator to obviously decide he is makes me think that he decided to make him sound black because he is a criminal. Hence I don't want to listen to anything else he's ever done.

Who was the most memorable character of Stranger on the Shore and why?

Probably Griff since you follow the story through him, it's about him, and his name is easy to remember. I like Pierce more but for memorability it's Griffin.

Any additional comments?

*Spoilers!!!*

There is no mystery to this book. Many other reviews mention that the twist is known very early on. My flashbulb moment was at the 1.5 hour mark, and I think, realistically, one could determine the twist from the summary. Though I would have hoped for something more interesting. There are a lot of, basically, smack you up the back of the head moments where the characters are telling you what the twist is. It's a 7+ hour waiting game where you are just bored, waiting for them all to figure out what you already know.

And the ineptitude... When the impostor shows up, Chloe makes a point that he was checking her out, even though they are supposed to be cousins, doesn't like him, and doesn't think he's Brian. Just after that Griff and Pierce have a conversation about how they don't think the guy is Brian and make a very pathetic plan to figure out his past/prove he isn't Brian. This is supposed to be a very successful lawyer and a crime journalist. And neither of them think to just go talk to Chloe and have her invite the impostor over for wine and chat as the only other person in the household around his age? He thinks she's hot. Use it! They can't just take the damn wine glass after the fact and have that tested for DNA? Really? If it was a physical book I would have thrown it.

Yes, based on later discovery, he is still a member of the family, but another cousin. Would it not have been more dramatic for the DNA test to reveal he could have been Brian? That he was surely a member of the family? And then the reveal that Griff is also a member of the family through the test Pierce did earlier? Even if they did use the Chloe plan and continued on with their little side-quest it would have been less painful because then they wouldn't have come off as incompetent.

When Griff finally realizes who he is and finds out what happened to Brian on the night he was taken, Lanyon really makes it confusing as to what Griff's mother's name is. He refers to her both times as Amy Truscott. His last name is Hadley, but you hear it so infrequently that you honestly may forget what his last name is. The head housekeeper is named Mrs. Truscott. If his mother was actually called Amy Truscott while he grew up, Griff should have commented on it instantly, and seen the resemblance he does later. One simple change to "Amy Hadley. No... Amy _Truscott_." upon the initial revelation would have cleared it up. Considering children often take their father's name, and he only ever calls her Amy Truscott it just comes off as a very bad choice, and confusing to the audience. Either Griff is as observant as a rock, or it's bad writing.

There are so many comments made, and information given, that should have been looked into and weren't. And so many hints that were given that should not have been. Knowing what is going to happen just makes hours and hours of narration seem like a slog. The "action" isn't exciting because all you are doing is waiting to be told you are right. It means the only thing that is at all interesting is the few and far between moments between Griff and Pierce.

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I too feel in love with Pierce.

I didn’t think I’ll like that it is predominantly about the mystery but the relationship between Griffin and Pierce and the back and forth between them is sooo good. This is totally worth the time. And Pierce’s voice, whew!

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Great story!

I loved to book! It was better then I thought it would be & kept me guessing to the end! Mr.Lanyon is becoming one of my favorite authors!

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Great story

Good characters, great performance of the narrator, The only con is that I wanted to know more of what happened in the future

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  • JillB
  • 07-30-16

Great mystery story

Another fantastic story from Josh Lanyon with well drawn characters and a central mystery that, although I worked it out before the denouement, was still a pleasure to listen to it as it unfolded.
The narration was very good; there were a few instances where I had trouble differentiating between Griff and Pierce but overall it was very good & I didn't want to have to stop listening to go and do other things.

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  • Loki
  • 11-23-15

Well plotted mystery

An Agatha Christie style mystery with an outsider coming in to a wealthy family, and the clues all nicely hidden in the detail of the plot. A real pleasure.

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  • elly gausden
  • 11-15-15

Nice mystery romance

I enjoyed this very much. Well read, good plot with some twists which I didn't see cominf

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  • Padraig
  • 12-30-17

Delightful mystery romance

Where does Stranger on the Shore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Upper third

What other book might you compare Stranger on the Shore to, and why?

Other Josh canyon books

What about Jeremy York’s performance did you like?

Clear diction and good separation of persons in the story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The storyline is improbable and the book is light entertainment that is too distant from reality to produce an emotional reaction.

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  • Graham Buckton
  • 06-02-16

like a south American soap opera without the fun

tierd reading boring story too many useless characters and the most silly ending ever J Landon can do far bettter