The Island by CL Taylor @callytaylor @HQstories #BookReview #BlogTour #NetGalleyCountdown #Book597

Posted January 23, 2021 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

The Island by C.L. Taylor
Published by HQ on January 21, 2021
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Also by this author: Sleep

Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author.

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 quickly turns into a nightmare.

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

Seven days in paradise.

A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?

My apologies for the lateness with my post to the author and publisher!

This book enticed me with the tagline, Seven Teenagers, Six Days and One Deadly Secret. I mean what more could you want, plus it is a Young Adult book just to add an extra feel. When reading this it made me think of the TV show Lost, although without the dramatics of the plane crash. It did, however, have the sense that something is not quite right with the Island. When your fears start to come true then seriously you need to get outta there. But then where is the fun in that for a reader!

We do have a group of characters where you are suspicious from the start. I didn’t like everyone but you definitely were rooting for everyone. These friendships are life long, their parents were friends in the NCT group and so the yearly holidays are the norm. This time it’s Jeffers’ birthday and the gang go to a remote island to celebrate, yet it all goes a bit Pete tong from the off. All the excitement made for an addictive read.

The story is told from the point of view of Jessie, where something in her past has moulded her present day. It made her aloof to everyone, her friends aren’t quite sure of her anymore since the “incident.”

The other story is told by Danny, Danny is fiercely protective of his girlfriend Honor and the rest of the gang. When things start to go wrong, the fear Danny feels we feel. He tries everything in his power to keep everyone safe as he tries to figure out what the heck is going on.

I enjoyed the pacing between glimpses to the past but with the majority of the story being told on that Island. Your worst fears start to come alive, you doubt what is real and you need to figure out what to do to survive. The isolation of the island amplifies the dire strait of the situation, not able to get off the island, the jungle not offering a sanctuary as you would hope. I think I would root myself on the beach and not move, I mean have they not watched Lost! When the gang did traipse through the jungle, I felt like you could imagine the noises of the jungle come alive, the heat from the sun and the sounds of the sea. I loved all of that, until, well until their fears started to come alive…I mean Spiders!! Enough said.

It was an enjoyable read, one that was hard to put down and a great hit for a YA book and I am glad I got the chance to read it!

Until next time xxx

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Thanks to HQ for the tour invite and the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About C.L. Taylor

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She is a five times Sunday Times bestseller and her books have hit the number one spots on Amazon, Kobo, Audible, iBooks and Google Play. Cally has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology.

Her dark psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT was published in the UK by Avon HarperCollins in April 2014 and as BEFORE I WAKE in the US in June 2014 by Sourcebooks.

Her second psychological thriller THE LIE was published in the UK in April 2015. It became a Sunday Times bestseller and hit the #1 slots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and Sainsbury ebooks. THE LIE was published in the U.S. by Sourcebooks.

CL’s third psychological thriller THE MISSING was published in April 2016 and was another Sunday Times and ebook bestseller. THE MISSING was published in the U.S. by William Morrow in 2017.

THE ESCAPE, her fourth psychological thriller, went to number 2 in the Sunday Times paperback chart in 2017 and won the Dead Good Books Most Unreliable Narrator award.

Her fifth psychological thriller THE FEAR was published on 22nd March 2018 in the UK and was another Sunday Times bestseller. It was longlisted in the National Book Awards crime/thriller category, shortlisted in the Dead Good Book Awards for ‘Most Recommended Read’ and in the ‘Page turner’ category in the Hearst Big Book Awards.

Her sixth psychological SLEEP was published in ebook and hardback in the UK on 21st March 2019 and hit number 4 in the hardback chart. It remained in the top ten for six weeks. Sleep will be published in paperback on 5th September 2019.

Her seven psychological thriller (currently untitled) will be published on 22nd March 2020.

THE TREATMENT, her Young Adult thriller, was the fastest selling UK YA debut of 2017. Cally is currently writing her second YA thriller which will be published in the UK in June 2020.

Her international bestselling romantic comedies (written as Cally Taylor), HEAVEN CAN WAIT and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS were both published by Orion in the UK. They have been translated into 14 different languages, and her debut was voted ‘Debut Novel of the Year’ by and

In 2014 HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a feature film by JumpStart Productions.

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