The brand new unmissable thriller from the award-winning author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Chain.
IT WAS JUST SUPPOSED TO BE A FAMILY VACATION.
A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT CHANGED EVERYTHING.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL THEY COME FOR YOUR FAMILY.
After moving from a small country town to Seattle, Heather Baxter marries Tom, a widowed doctor with a young son and teenage daughter. A working vacation overseas seems like the perfect way to bring the new family together, but once they’re deep in the Australian outback, the jet-lagged and exhausted kids are so over their new mom.
When they discover a remote Dutch Island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family talks their way onto the ferry, taking a chance on an adventure far from the reach of iPhones and Instagram.
But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. Then a shocking accident propels the Baxters from an unsettling situation into an absolute nightmare.
When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds ahead of their pursuers.
Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even though they don’t trust her, the harsh bushland is filled with danger, and the locals want her dead.
Heather has been underestimated her entire life, but she knows that only she can bring her family home again and become the mother the children desperately need, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.
Having read and enjoyed The Chain, I was certainly up for reading The Island and I think it’s actually miles better than The Chain which I know was a bit of a marmite book for some. So even if The Chain didn’t do it for you, you MUST read The Island as it’s a terrific treat of a thriller that will keep you gripped from the very first page…
Heather becomes stepmom to 2 children when she marries older widower Tom after meeting him through her job as a massage therapist. Tom is a well known doctor in his field so when he is invited to speak at a conference in Australia, it seems the perfect opportunity for a family bonding trip of a lifetime. But Olivia and Owen start acting like spoilt brats when they don’t get to see as much of the Australian countryside and wildlife as they would like and an impromptu stop for food gives them an opportunity to visit a remote island to enjoy some local sightseeing activities. But once on Dutch Island, where just one family have lived for many years, a terrible accident leads to a dangerous encounter that marks the start of the family’s worst nightmare…
This was a fast paced read that kept me entertained, desperately needing to find out how this would play out for all involved. I liked Heather as I felt she was really giving so much of herself to keep Toms children happy especially as her husband seemed far too controlling for my liking! I wasn’t surprised by the kids attitude towards her when Tom wasn’t always a supportive spouse and very early on I saw a demanding and arrogant side to him that surprised me. In fact I was actually surprised Heather was attracted to him in the first place! Her background, once slowly revealed also lead to me to question their compatibility especially after their very different reactions to the incident that happens on Dutch Island.
There was an exceptionally detailed sense of place for a book that ran on so much adrenaline. I’ve never visited Australia but I could feel the heat and the atmosphere from the descriptions of the island. And when Heather meets some indigenous people when lost in the bush early on in their journey to the conference, there was an amazing sense of culture exposed during such a short encounter. Adrian McGinty used his setting like another character, a beautiful antagonist to be feared despite its alluring appeal. I’m sure other reviewers will also notice some similarities to the film Deliverance and The Island certainly gave me the same uncomfortable apprehension that I felt whilst watching Deliverance.
I thoroughly devoured this thrilling and deadly fight against the elements, the environment and the sort of locals that you NEVER want to meet during your holiday! I had such respect for some of the characters towards the end whilst hating others and I thought the ending was handled perfectly. I will definitely be recommending The Island!
The Island is published by Orion on 26th May.
Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University before moving to New York in the mid 1990s. His first novel Dead I Well May Be (loosely based on his experiences as an illegal immigrant in the US) was published in 2003. In 2012 after moving to Australia with his wife and children he began publication of the critically acclaimed Sean Duffy series. In 2019 after giving up writing Adrian had a global hit with his standalone novel The Chain. Adrian’s books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award (3 times), The Anthony Award, Barry Award, Macavity Award and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. His books have been translated into over 40 languages.