Book review: The Castaways by Lucy Clarke

A beautiful setting always adds to my enjoyment of a book, especially during lockdown when reading’s been the only way to travel. The remote south pacific island in this story is so vividly described you feel you’re there by the white sand, coconut palms, tropical jungle and coral reef. However, be warned! This place is anything but idyllic. The small group which survived the plane crash have to find a way to survive without destroying each other. I loved this paradoxical hellish paradise and locked room situation.

A secret beach. A holiday of a lifetime. Wish you were here? Think again. You’ll never want to leave – until you can’t.

I found this a breath-taking read that consumed me from the first page. It’s told in two timelines and in two points of view: Lori who was on the place that crashed and Erin her sister who didn’t board the plane that day (wait till you find out why!) and is desperate to find out what happened to the missing aircraft, but will she discover where it landed in time?

I loved the complex relationship between the two sisters, and there’s a fabulous build-up of tension and distrust between the characters on the island, most of whom are hard to like but compelling to read about. Their flaws and secrets are expertly drip-fed into the tale. I was gripped throughout and the ending was exactly what I was hoping for.

I’d highly recommend this book to fans of And Then There Were None and Lord of the Flies, and the film Cast Away.

The Castaways was published by HarperCollins UK on 1 March ISBN 9780008334130.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy via NetGalley.


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