Tuesday 15 February 2022

The Castaways - Lucy Clarke

You wake on a beautiful, remote island.

Sparkling blue seas, golden sunsets, barely a footprint in the sand.

Yet this is no ordinary escape.
Next to the wreck of a plane, a stranger paces. Another sharpens a knife, scoring a list of the dead onto a palm tree. Others watch from the shadows of a campfire – all with untold stories, and closely-guarded secrets…

This is no ordinary holiday.
This is no ordinary island.
This is no ordinary beach read.

Gripping, twisty and full of sun-soaked atmosphere, THE CASTAWAYS will whisk you far away to the island – and never let you go.

What did I think?

Oh wow, I enjoyed this book.  It had my eyes glued to the page from start to finish and I couldn't read it fast enough - what a page turner!

Through a dual timeline, I immersed myself into Lori's story in the 'Then' chapters and her sister Erin's story in the 'Now' chapters.  Erin has never given up hope that her sister might be still be alive following the disappearance of her flight en-route to a remote Fijian island.  But, with so many islands in the area, nobody even knows where the plane actually crashed.

Lori's plane crash left me breathless and I didn't realise I had been holding my breath until I actually released it.  All of the scenes are so vividly described that I felt as if I was there.  I can't imagine anything worse than being trapped on an island with strangers.  When it comes to survival, you really can't trust anyone.  I don't want to say any more about the stunning plot for fear of releasing any spoilers as each reader needs to experience the shocks and surprises for themselves.

Twisty, gripping and so very addictive, The Castaways is a real page turner.  It's vivid, atmospheric and breathtaking - I loved it.

I chose to read a digital ARC via NetGalley and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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