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The Island by C.L. Taylor – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Four stars

RELEASE DATE: 21 January 2021

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384



Welcome to The Island.
Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re coming true.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?





Thankyou to Harper Collins for providing me with a copy of The Island, in exchange for an honest review.

Six teenage friends, who’ve known each other since their mothers’ went to antenatal classes together, take a holiday once a year as a group.  This year, one of  the parents has arranged for them to head over to a deserted island, with a guide, for a week.  When their guide suddenly dies, they are left to fend for themselves.  But something tells them they’re not alone on the island.  After discussing their phobias the first night, someone seems to be making sure they face them.   As they race to find out who is tormenting them, some are not convinced it’s a stranger at all – maybe it’s one of them.

The Island has Lost and Lord of the Flies vibes and I was hooked from the start!  As well as the mystery of who is causing trouble on the island, a past traumatic experience for one of the six is slowly revealed.  The different relationships between the characters kept things interesting – including intimate or developing relationships, fractured friendships and secrets.  Due to the varied experiences of the 6 main characters, there was quite a lot of topics dealt with for a mystery book, such as mental health, grief, phobias, family issues and bullying.  It all worked seamlessly with the plot though!  

The story was told from both Danny and Jessie’s point of view and my only comment would be that I would have loved to see some chapters from the other characters too.  They were all so different and intriguing in their own way.  Although the book did reveal back stories on most of the characters, I think it would have liked to see them told in their own voice.  

This one is a lot of fun and will appeal to teenagers and adults as a real page turner.  I must admit, I didn’t work out the twist, or who was behind it all until it was revealed at the very end!




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