The Island by C.L. Taylor

An addictive YA psychological thriller that is a real page turner!

I received this advanced copy from HQ Stories on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Island by C.L. Taylor
288 Pages
Published 21st January

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 turns into a nightmare.

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

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.
Who will make it off the island alive?

5 / 5

My first YA thriller of the year and it didn’t disappoint!

I think what I enjoyed so much about this book is that I genuinely had no idea who was causing all their fears to come true. So when it was revealed I was shocked and honestly did not see it coming at all – really brilliant!

I loved all the characters, with the majority of the book written from the point of view of either Jessie or Danny. You learn a lot about these two characters and the emotions they are trying to suppress.

The whole setting of the island was fantastic. The author did such a great job of setting the scene and creating that claustrophobic atmosphere of the jungle closing in on them. It really did feel like a film at times, not knowing if they were being watched and the scenes with Jack & Josh really gave me the creeps.

Whilst this was a suspenseful thriller that had me on the edge of my seat, it also dealt with the important issue of mental health and I thought the author handled this really well.

Overall this was a fantastic story and one that had me stumped until the big reveal at the end!

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