Book Review: The Island by C.L Taylor

Published in Australia on the 3rd February, 2021 by HQ Young Adult – an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Australian RRP: $17.99

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008240592

Trigger Warnings: PTSD, Mental Health, Phobias (including fire, snakes, spiders), sexual assault, suicide, death, childhood trauma.

Page Count: 384

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from HarperCollins Australia

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?

My Review:

I received a copy of The Island from Harlequin Books Australia/ HarperCollins Books Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own

The Island was my first foray into the writing of C.L Taylor’s, but it’s definitely not going to be my last! The Island is everything one looks for in a gritty Thriller, it’s certainly dark, suspenseful and there was not honestly one moment where I could predict what was going to happen!

Six teenage friends, a ragtag group, they’ve been quite close since as long as they can remember, for most part: Jessie, Danny, Honor, Jeffers, Meg and Milo. Whilst The Island is predominantly told from Jessie’s and Danny’s points of view, I particularly enjoyed that it honestly felt like we were getting a slice of the other characters’ perspectives, too.

That being said though, I throughly enjoyed Jessie’s POV the most, purely because I felt like she was the central character right from the get go and initially, to me, she appeared the most mysterious! It was quite clear that she had suffered a personal loss prior to the events of The Island, that she was hiding scars of her own and carrying a lot of grief, struggling to open up to her friends, including Milo, who she seems to have back and forth flirtations with! I quite enjoyed reading their scenes together, not especially knowing where their friendship was going, but definitely getting the feeling that there was more than a spark that had developed progressively!

Honestly, The Island was such a dark and gritty read throughout, with mystery and suspense that definitely kept me on my toes and needing to know what would come next! The plot too is so engaging and immersive, you can’t help but feel like you’re there on the island too, caught up in the fears of the main characters, all of which seem to be coming true in some way shape or form….it’s honestly just such an atmospheric read, truth be told too that I wasn’t entirely sure who of our narrators could he trusted, especially after the prologue, which just raised all sorts of questions and the sense of urgency to know what that reveal was all about!

I’d completely recommend The Island if you’re a fan of enthralling, engaging and immersive, edge of your seat Thriller, it’ll definitely have you guessing throughout! Definitely can’t wait to read more of C.L Taylor’s books! Her writing is just so intriguing and fast paced! She’s written several Adult thrillers as well as more Young Adult, all of which are definitely on my radar!

Happy Reading Lovely Readers, I hope you all have a lovely weekend! ☺️

Brooklyn. ☺️

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