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  • Mistrust & Suspense

    Six teenage friends, Jessie, Danny, Milo, Jeffers, Honor and Meg go on an adventure and survival style holiday to a remote tropical island in Thailand for seven days. What terrible incidences could possibly happen and who does or doesn't get on? Told from the perspectives of Jessie and Danny, the split narrative allows the reader to get a different slant on the group dynamics. The story had me immediately hooked and absorbed me into the ingenious storyline. It was fascinating to see how their friendships were tested as things took an ominous turn. Mistrust takes root and intensifies at the same rate as the suspense levels, giving rise to feelings of unease and foreboding. C.L. Taylor throws into the menacing mix some emotional themes that are well explored so The Island has plenty of substance, too. With its swift pacing and concise chapters weeping paranoia and fear many of which ended with mini cliffhangers, I found The Island highly addictive as I suffered from 'just one more chapter' syndrome. I alternated between reading and listening to this book, and the narrators of the audiobook, Olivia Dowd, Sarah Ovens and Sam Newton really brought the characters to life effectively. The different voice intonations were noticeable and the ranges of emotion in the voices were great. In essence, I adored The Island by C.L. Taylor. It is a really intense read that genuinely keeps you guessing and I would recommend it, and the author, with confidence. Although it's primarily aimed at a YA thriller audience, I think this book will also appeal to listeners and readers of other ages. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from HarperCollins UK Audio/ HQ Young Adult via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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