The Castaways by Lucy Clarke

Full of suspense and mystery, perfect for thriller fans!

I was kindly gifted this to take part in the Tandem Collective readalong.

The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
387 Pages
Out Now on e-book

Opening Line: Lori wheeled her suitcase along the humid airport walkway.

It should be like any other holiday.

Beautiful beaches.
Golden sunsets.
Nothing for miles.

You’ll never want to leave.
Until you can’t…


Rating: 4 out of 5.

The story follows two sisters, Erin and Lori, as they head to a remote Fiji island resort, however not everything goes to plan and only one sister makes it on the plane, which unfortunately goes missing.

The chapters alternate between the ‘Now’ where Erin is desperately trying to figure out what happened to her sister, and the ‘Then’ where Lori details the moments she boarded the plane and just what happened afterwards. This dual narrative worked so well as Erin starts to find clues which is then followed up with the events on the island from Lori’s perspective.

My favourite chapters were definitely Lori’s as they were so mysterious and atmospheric. The author did a brilliant job detailing this deserted island and you could really feel that sense of survival that Lori must have been feeling. Other characters were introduced who all had secrets of their own which were nicely revealed throughout the story.

For at least two thirds of the book I was completely baffled. I normally have some idea as to what might have happened but I was truly stumped with this which is always a good thing in my opinion. There are plenty of mini cliffhangers that will have you reading on without even realising and without going into detail, I think some of the things that are revealed near the end will shock readers. However I will be honest and say that I was slightly disappointed with the ending…I kind of wanted something else to happen and didn’t feel satisfied.

Overall though this book was full of intrigue that will definitely have you guessing and changing your mind along the way. It’s a solid thriller with plenty of suspense and one I would definitely recommend!

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