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Strangers on the Beach Hardcover – October 5, 2012
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-- Allen Adams, The Maine Edge
"The novel's short, action-packed chapters flip-flop between characters, making for a quick read. Just when the reader figures out one puzzle, another is presented."
-- Aislinn Sarnacki, The Bangor Daily News
"Pahigian has a sure hit."
--Bill Bushnell, The Kennebec Journal
" It's an impressive debut. This suspenseful thriller, imbued with local flavor (settings include Old Orchard Beach landmarks such as The Brunswick and Beach Bagels), is a page-turner with short, snappy chapters that often end in cliffhangers. It would make a great beach read, come to think of it."
--Deirdre Fulton, The Portland Phoenix
"Pahigian employs a few classic tricks, as well as some original red herrings. Most of the chapters are quite short, and work like a series of Dan Brown or Michael Crichton cliff-hangers, providing quick-paced reading and cinematic qualities."
--Tim Gillis, Portland Daily Sun
Publishers Weekly has selected Strangers on the Beach as one of its Indie Sleepers Titles to Watch for Fall 2012. --Publishers Weekly
The story goes deeper as people struggle to make sense of the madness that Sevigny has seemingly brought to Old Orchard Beach. Residents of the town find themselves entangled in the web of conspiracy surrounding the mysterious Australian. There are forces at work that none of them truly comprehend, with people finding themselves serving as pawns in a game that is far vaster and far more inscrutable than any of them could possibly know. Pahigian has constructed a complex thriller, filled with engaging and eccentric characters. The story unfolds gradually, but it never feels slow-moving. His Old Orchard Beach is populated by fully-realized characters, people whose motivations never feel anything but honest. As we watch these people being enveloped by circumstances whose ramifications they don t fully understand, Pahigian pulls us along with them, slowly building to a climax that is unexpected in the moment, yet seems almost inevitable after the fact. --The Maine Edge
About the Author
More About the Author
Josh's latest book is a revised and updated edition of "101 Baseball Places," which was released in March 2015. The book includes 25 brand new chapters, new photos, updated visiting information, and a complete re-ranking of the nation's best baseball attractions.
Josh is also the author of the Old Orchard Beach mystery novel "Strangers on the Beach," a 2012 Indie Sleeper Pick by Publishers Weekly, and a Best Books of 2012 selection by the Maine Edge.
In addition to writing, Josh serves as a fellow in the University of New England Center for Global Humanities and writing mentor in the Western Connecticut State University low-residency MFA program in Creative and Professional Writing.
Top Customer Reviews
Josh Pahigian has made the transition from Major League baseball authority to mystery novelist, seamlessly.
Character development is spot on - you truly can relate to some of the locals he portrays.
And if you are at all familiar with Old Orchard Beach - his prose puts you spot in the middle of the action.
As for being a page turner - I have seen many tomes touted as such; none I have read had the effect that Strangers on the Beach did for me.
I trust that this talented author will not keep us waiting too long for his next entry into the world of suspense, debauchery, murder and mystery.
Buy this book - it is an excellent read!
I've read them all, Brown, Baldacci, Grisham, Follett, Connelly, etc... "this guy is good" I couldn't put it down! If you know Old Orchard Beach all the better, if you don't you will by the time you finish this novel. Well developed characters and storyline that will keep you engaged from beginning to end.
This bright young writer may be "the new kid on the fictional block" but we will certainly be hearing much more about Josh Pahigian in the future. If you're smart and want a treat pick this one up, it's a great read! On second thought, pick up a few as gifts for your friends, they will surely thank you for it.
Hopefully Mr. Pahigian will treat us with another novel before too long, he is a talent to keep your eye on.
First novels that hit all the high points are a rare find. Mr. Pahigian has hit them all. Reading "Strangers on the Beach" was an absolute joy. It had everything I look for in a novel of this genre. The characters were very well developed, as was the locale, all without being too wordy. That's a skill in and of itself. The "who dun it" factor is there. It kept me guessing throughout. Pahigian has written a mystery that outshines the Grishams and the rest of his class. Move over boys and girls!
I really enjoyed this book. All I can say is, "I want more". I hope Mr. Pahigian is working on his next book. This one should establish a strong fan base. This reader will be looking out for the next novel. I'm hooked on Mr. Pahigian's writing. He gives you more than you ever get from a Patterson novel, and I read Patterson, so I know. This is a quality writer.
I'm loathe to reveal anything about the storyline itself. I'd hate to slip and give anything away. I guess you'll just have to buy the book and see for yourself. I promise you, it won't disappoint.
In short, this is a great mystery that any reader will have a hard time putting down. For those who are local, read it and enjoy all your favorite landmarks being used in a sinister plot. For those from away, read it and enjoy a lovely little town fall in to chaos.
All in all, grab this book, head to a beach, and meet some strangers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It isn't a mind grabbing page Turner but I certainly looked forward to e very opportunity to get back to the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
A page turner for sure! Everyone in my house read it in rapid succession over the course of a week.Published 24 months ago by Mary Hinman
It was okay, but not as well written as the books I usually read. It didn't hold my interest, but for some people it might be very enjoyable.Published on December 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
What a great book - really enjoyed reading it . Josh Pahigian is a great writer. Looking forward to reading his next book. Keep up the good work Josh.Published on December 23, 2012 by Auntie