mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

The Island – C.L. Taylor ★★★★★

Blurb; 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?

My Review; I was lucky enough to be sent an early copy of this amazing book as I am one of Cally’s VIP readers. I am a huge fan of all her books and the wait between each one gets longer and longer due to me reading them in a couple of days… but they are always worth the wait! Another brilliant read I devoured. She hasn’t disappointed me yet. The cover is also gorgeous and eye catching.

This is a young adult, thriller set on a remote island. Six teenage friends are off to enjoy a seven day survival on a remote island but things soon start to turn scary, freaky and deadly. Who can trust who? Will they survive? Will they all leave the island? They’re a typical group of friends each with their own personal problems.

The story is told through each of the characters over the seven days and it works. It’s a tense, thrilling, gripping, fast paced, page turner of a read. I really enjoyed it and didn’t figure out the plot either which is always a bonus. This is a perfect YA thriller. One to pre order, keep an eye out for. It’s due January 2021 and I’m really excited about it.

Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me and a strong contender for my top twenty reads of the year. Brilliantly written. Perfection. Not got a bad thing to say…

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*BLOG TOUR* The House Mate – Nina Manning ★★★★

Blurb; The perfect life? …Or the perfect lie?

When Regi moves into her new houseshare, she’s ready for a clean slate. A new home. A new routine. A new identity…

Desperate to escape the shadow of her past that follows her everywhere she goes, Regi finds the ideal distraction in the perfect lives of others on social media.

But as innocent scrolling turns into an unhealthy obsession, Regi will soon learn that seeking perfection comes at a price…

My Review; Straight away I was intrigued and hooked! The story focuses on Regi who is the eldest of her housemates attending uni! She has a form of OCD and something from her past is haunting her… But what?

It’s a bit of a wierd story for me because it flicks between the present and her past. But I didn’t expect the outcome that happened at all, the thing that was haunting her I thought it was far worse than it was. For me it was more of a mystery than thriller… A really good read, I did enjoy it. I was just trying to figure Regi out for most of the story! Different. Unique. Brilliantly written. Page turner and a lovely ending. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

The Minders – John Marrs ★★★★★

Blurb; Everyone has secrets. They know yours…

In the 21st century information is king. But computers can be hacked, files can be broken into. So a unique government initiative has been borne. Five ordinary people have been selected to become the latest weapon in thwarting cyber terrorism. A revolutionary medical procedure has turned them into the ultimate secret keepers – the country’s most secretive information has been taken offline and turned into genetic code implanted inside their heads.

Together, the five know every secret – the truth behind every Government lie, conspiracy theory and cover up. Only somebody has discovered who the secret keepers are. And one by one, they are being hunted down…

My Review; If you remember last month I really struggled with my reading so I needed someone or some book to get me out of my slump. Cue John Marrs and me treating myself to his latest and greatest. I messaged John about my reading slump and he said challenge accepted. He was right. This is the book that got me out of my month long slump.

From the start I was intrigued and interested to know what all these minders were about. It’s different from all those normal thrillers and mysteries, john like to think out of the box and go futuristic (is that a word?). It stands out. It’s a real page turner of a read and I loved the lay out of it all. It’s told through each of the minders and included reports from the government. I loved it all! Gripping, thrilling and fast paced! I flew through it.

Would highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me. This is going into my top twenty reads of the year.

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