Title: The Island
Author: Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Orion Books
Publication Date: 26th May 2022
IT WAS JUST SUPPOSED TO BE A FAMILY VACATION.
A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT CHANGED EVERYTHING.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL THEY COME FOR YOUR FAMILY.
After moving from a small country town to Seattle, Heather Baxter marries Tom, a widowed doctor with a young son and teenage daughter. A working vacation overseas seems like the perfect way to bring the new family together, but once they’re deep in the Australian outback, the jet-lagged and exhausted kids are so over their new mom.
When they discover a remote Dutch Island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family talks their way onto the ferry, taking a chance on an adventure far from the reach of iPhones and Instagram.
But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. Then a shocking accident propels the Baxters from an unsettling situation into an absolute nightmare.
When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds ahead of their pursuers.
Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even though they don’t trust her, the harsh bushland is filled with danger, and the locals want her dead.
Heather has been underestimated her entire life, but she knows that only she can bring her family home again and become the mother the children desperately need, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.
I honestly cannot express how totally absorbed I was by this book! I read it late into the night because I could not put it down and then I actually couldn’t get to sleep because I felt so full of vicarious adrenaline! The Island is nonstop tension from pretty early on – it doesn’t let up and I read it with my heart in my mouth the entire time. The whole premise is pretty terrifying and things just get more and more wild as the story progresses and we follow this family that is fighting tooth and nail for survival. I don’t want to give anything away about what happens because the breakneck twists and turns are what make The Island such an intense and exhilarating read but please trust me when I say – if you are looking for a thrilling and edge-of-your-seat read then look no further and buy this book! An easy five stars from me!
Huge thanks to Alainna Hadjigeorgiol at Orion for sending me a proof of this great book. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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