I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for gripping YA thriller The Island by C.L. Taylor. Thank you as always to Harper Collins for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fabulous book.
About the book:
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 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?
About the author:
C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of eight gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:
2014 – THE ACCIDENT / Before I Wake (U.S. title)
2015 – THE LIE
2016 – THE MISSING
2017 – THE ESCAPE
2018 – THE FEAR
2019 – SLEEP
2020 – STRANGERS
2021 – HER LAST HOLIDAY
She has also written standalone two Young Adult thrillers: THE TREATMENT and THE ISLAND.
C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Audible, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into 25 languages and optioned for TV.
SLEEP won the ‘best ebook’ award in the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. THE ESCAPE won a Dead Good Books award. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the ‘Pageturner’ category.
C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol in the UK with her partner and son.
As someone who has enjoyed C.L. Taylor’s previous work I was delighted to be given the opportunity to read The Island, her new standalone Young Adult novel. Firstly, let me say that although a YA novel, this book can be enjoyed by readers of any age. It’s a superb and well written psychological thriller that once started I did not want to put down.
Told from two alternating points of view, The Island is a gripping story about six teenagers who find themselves stranded on a remote tropical island. What started out as a trip of a lifetime soon turns into hell on earth after a shocking tragedy leaves them guideless and alone. It soon becomes apparent that all of their darkest fears are becoming a reality. But who is doing this to them? And why?
What follows is a tale full of mystery and suspense, the atmospheric island setting with its almost claustrophobic feel ratcheting the tension up to almost breaking point as the six teenagers do all they can to survive. With nerves shattered and weaknesses exposed the group flounder, not knowing who to trust as the twists, turns and surprises keep on coming.
C.L. Taylor has written a fast paced psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. With believable characters, poignant moments and a suspense filled story that keeps you guessing, I thoroughly enjoyed The Island and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good psychological thriller.
The Island by C.L. Taylor is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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