Publisher: lowercase publishing
Publication Date: June 22, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Jamaica’s Sunset Villa, Dr. Kate Hampton’s favorite vacation destination, is struggling to stay open. From the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy to a scathing review from detested travel writer Matthew Kane, it’s taking everything the owners have to make ends meet. In January 2013, Kate goes down to Sunset Villa for her trip. Also staying at the resort is Matthew Kane himself and a few other guests, but not the usual number who filled all the rooms with fun and laughter previously. As a favor to the owners, Kate decides to find out what makes Matthew tick and see if he’s willing to write a more favorable review of her beloved hideaway. Kate has her own demons, not unusual for a psychiatrist, which flare up when events at Sunset Villa take a turn for the unexpected. Will the mysterious stranger at Sunset Villa assuage Kate’s demons?
STRANGER AT SUNSET is a psychological thriller told through the eyes of multiple characters, which enhances the suspense and mystery. The prologue truly sets the backdrop for later events and captures the reader’s imagination, drawing them ever deeper into the tangled web. Each character was well developed and the interplay between characters was very well-written. The author’s writing style is tight and consistent; the action stayed at a steady clip, and the complexity of the main character was beautifully handled. STRANGER AT SUNSET is a good solid mystery and I hope we see more of Dr. Kate Hampton in the future.