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"Pahigian has constructed a complex thriller, filled with engaging and eccentric characters."
-- 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

<span>"Pahigian has constructed a complex thriller, filled with engaging and eccentric characters."
-- Allen Adams, The Maine Edge</span>

"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."
<span>-- Aislinn Sarnacki, The Bangor Daily News</span>

"Pahigian has a sure hit."
<span>--Bill Bushnell, The Kennebec Journal</span><br \><br \>"<span> 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</span><div></div><br \><br \>"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

[Strangers on the Beach] is what I consider the perfect type of "summer read". [It's a] mystery/thriller that will hold your attention until the end. --The Miramichi Reader

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

Josh Pahigian is the author of seven books, including The Seventh Inning Stretch, 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out, and The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip. He also writes for ESPN.com. Since 2004, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of New England, teaching composition, American literature, and British literature. He also serves as faculty advisor to the Nor'easter News. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. Strangers on the Beach is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Islandport Press; First edition (October 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934031836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934031834
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Strangers on the Beach is one of those rare novels that perfectly blends fact with fiction, weaving a dark mystery on top of the small beach town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Those familiar with Southern Maine will appreciate the references to local landmarks while all readers will be engrossed by the lively characters that keep the pages turning and the reader guessing as the mystery unfolds.
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When one thinks of Maine, lobster, vacation and L.L. Bean come to mind; certainly not a full-fleged thriller about a very popular tourist destination that garners your attention from the first page and keeps you in its grip until the last sentence.

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!
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If you're looking for a great fictional novel pick this one up immediately! This is Pahigian's first venture into the suspense mystery genre. If you've read his baseball books they're great, informational, and humorous but he has really hit a "Grand Slam" with this one, right out of the ballpark!

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.
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Strangers on the Beach

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.
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It isn't a mind grabbing page Turner but I certainly looked forward to e very opportunity to get back to the book. Strangers on the Beach captured the essence of small town summer tourist industry and brought a whole new light the summer the Wind Dancer yacht enters the lives of the small town locals. The plot has enough twists to keep the mystery moving along.
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Having read Josh's previous books on sports, I wasn't sure what to expect in a different type of book, but since I enjoyed his baseball books so much I decided to give him a try. I really enjoyed Strangers on the Beach . It was well paced, a few twists and turns, no super heroes or 007 characters, just believable characters in real situations. Looking forward to future reads.
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The author paints a great picture of a charming seaside town, and then laces it with murder, fear, and deception. These three attributes work together to keep the reader guessing throughout the whole novel, making it almost impossible to know which characters are trustworthy (which is wonderful, because predictability in books is terrible.) I loved that the characters continued to develop and change as the mystery within the novel bent and twisted, taking you on a ride of intrigue.

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.
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Just finished Strangers On The Beach and I loved it! I really enjoyed Pahigian's baseball guides so I decided to pick up his first pass at fiction. You'd think it was out of his comfort zone, but he nailed it. He is a great storyteller. This was a real page turner. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
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