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The Island by C. L. Taylor

Lost meets Lord of the Flies meets Shutter Island in this hauntingly captivating psychological YA thriller.

The setting of an isolated island alone is always enough to lure me into a novel. Be it Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Geraldine McCaughrean’s Where the World Ends or William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the notion of stranded and survival is always a winning recipe for creating tension and suspense. Taylor’s slant on bringing your worst phobias to life was a gripping premise but what played out felt a little safe. For me, the story lacked the dark savagery I was kinda craving but instead delved deeper into the deteriorating state of the mind and coping with loss. Nevertheless, it’s a fast-paced, immersive read with enough twists to keep you hooked until the end.



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