ARC REVIEW: The Island by Adrian McKinty

Title: The Island by Adrian McKinty
Published by: 
Orion Publishing Group
Publication date: 
26th May 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones





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.

My review:

Thank you to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Adrian McKinty is back with another cracking thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. You’ll definitely think twice about what trips you agree to do on holiday after reading this!

I was rooting for Heather and the two children to survive the whole time I was reading this. So many people underestimated Heather mainly due to her age as she’s only 24 and actually talked down to her. I found it so baffling but I was in awe when she started fighting back. I marvelled at her determination to not only survive but to take this family down single-handedly for what they’d done to hers and I was cheering her right on. She was easily running rings around the O’Neils and fought to protect her two step-children. The tension builds up as the story progresses and there’s so many nail-biting scenes that left me feeling chilled to the bone.

However, even though I did really enjoy this, it did start to drag towards the end and I was at that point where I wanted it to wrap up. Heather and the kids are just trying to survive on the island, so since most of the story has the same setting, it did get a bit tiresome the longer they spent trying to escape. The story consists of Heather and the kids being chased, hiding, being chased and hiding again. While at first it was really intense and I was urging them on, it did start to get a bit tedious and I found myself looking at how long I had left until the end. 

Nevertheless, it’s still a fantastic thriller. It has plenty of action, twists and enough tension to keep you turning the pages. I’m already looking forward to McKinty’s next book!

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