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The Island Kindle Edition
Propulsive, terrifying, and blade-sharp, The Island is the next thrilling adventure from the mastermind behind the award-winning global sensation The Chain, and a family story unlike any you've read yet.
You should not have come to the island.
You should not have been speeding.
You should not have tried to hide the body.
You should not have told your children that you could keep them safe.
No one can run forever . . .
'a breathless and confronting ride' Sydney Morning Herald
'a tense, pacy page-turner' The Guardian
'Sure to please readers who love pacy, suspenseful survivalist adventures' Weekend Australia
'The Island certainly gets the blood pumping and the pages turning as it races to its dramatic conclusion' Canberra Weekly
'The tension is palpable. The plot is twisted and claustrophobic. McKinty snatches you early and doesn't let you escape until the very last page' Good Reading
"A pulsating, nerve-shredding thriller. I loved it!"
--M. J. Arlidge, bestselling author of Eeny Meeny
"An exciting thriller that... pulls readers compulsively onward."--Kirkus Reviews
"Expertly choreographed and breathlessly exciting . . . both the peril and the family are like no other. The Chain was McKinty's breakthrough novel and this one could be every bit as big."--Booklist (starred review)
"Heart-stoppingly tense and unpredictable, The Island twists a family vacation to a nightmarish breaking point. Adrian McKinty has written another irresistible and pulse-pounding thriller about the surprising places evil hides and just how far we'll go for those we love."
--Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her
"McKinty delivers another skillful, blade-sharp page-turner."
--James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad
"Wow, this book left me breathless and on the edge of my seat from the very first page--this is thriller writing of a high order. Gripping and unpredictable, prepare to be hooked and pumped full of adrenaline as McKinty deftly weaves a compulsively readable plot with characters that you are rooting for. No one does high- stakes tension like McKinty. Put The Island at the top of your TBR--you won't regret it."
--Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium
Praise for the instant New York Times bestseller The Chain
"McKinty hangs on to his wit and literacy even under duress...Beneath its surface of high-speed thrills, The Chain is clearly the work of the philosophical thinker McKinty has always been."--Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The pace quickens and the tension builds whenever the mother and daughter appear in a scene. In the end, what makes The Chain so frightening - and why it works so well as a thriller - is that all of Rachel's actions remain completely relatable, even as she whipsaws between terror and determination, morphing from victim to perpetrator."--Tina Jordan, The New York Times
A chilling, diabolical page-turner you'll want to savor.--People Magazine, Book of the Week
This is more than nail-biting; think cuticle-shredding.--Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post
This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time.--Stephen King
Thrillers... don't get much more psychologically rich than The Chain. --David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly
You have never read anything quite like The Chain and you will never be able to forget it. Brilliant. Beautifully written. A masterpiece of tension. The Chain scared the hell out of me but I could not put it down! I raced to the end of the book and then went back to see how Adrian McKinty pulled it all off. The Chain belongs in the elite company of world-class thrillers like Gone Girl and The Silence of the Lambs. This is nothing short of JAWS for parents.--Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Cartel and The Force --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B09NBGXR6L
- Publisher : Hachette Australia (24 May 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 2287 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 363 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 283 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A holiday for this Seattle family turns deadly when they visit Dutch Island, off the coast of Victoria. Desperate to see some native wildlife, father Tom pays their way over to the private island, normally closed to tourists. An accident spells danger and starts the wild ride. The locals want revenge and Heather, Tom, Olivia, and Owen must fight for their lives.
You will have to remember to breathe whilst reading this one. It is intense and violent. The island is harsh and brutal, the summer heat not helping things. I will give a content warning, there is some animal violence that made me rather upset and ill whist reading it. The story is slightly over the top, but if you have read and enjoyed The Chain you will enjoy it.
* I loved how strong , brave and courageous Heather was.
* How action packed this book was. It has been a long time since a book has had my heart pumping that way.
* I loved the settting in Australia. It was all familiar and the references to the animals too.
* I loved the pace and suspense factor. Whats going to happen at the end of every chapter.
* I really enjoyed the plot. I havent read alot of books with the holiday gone wrong plot. Not too many books out there with this plot.
What I didnt like
* Cruelty to animals. I didnt think it was needed. In saying that it only happens in a couple of sentences of the entire book.
* How Heathers stepchildren showed no respect to Heather.
* I did predict what was going to happen but this had no way affected my view on the book.
Highly recommend to everyone.
Top reviews from other countries
I find it a frustrating experience reading Adrian McKinty's work. Each time I read one of his novels I feel like I am reading something that has been written by two completely different authors. The premise for his novels is invariably appealing and his thriller writing is, at times, sublime ... but then there are sections that go to the opposite extreme and are nothing short of ridiculous.
"The Island" is no exception. It has a great premise, with a distinct "Deliverance" vibe about it. There are occasions when the flimic style is wonderfully tense and pacy - sometimes simultaneously - but then Adrian McKinty MkII takes control of the pen and, inexplicably, everything changes for the worse: The writing becomes far more simplistic or even silly; It lacks integrity and is devoid of tension and suspense; The dialogue and descriptive language is often clichéd and the plot developments are rushed and lack credibility; Additionally, the characterisation becomes superficial and the whole narrative develops into something more flimsy and formulaic.
One of these days, Adrian McKinty is going to produce a novel that only features his sublime fictional writing side - and it is going to be a stunning must-read of a novel ... but "The Island" isn't it.
This novel is full of horror and suspense as the family try, against the odds, to survive. Some will make it, others don’t.
You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you progress through this book… and, believe me, you’ll think at least twice about taking your gap year in the wilds of Australia - if you know what’s good for you!
A trip to see the wildlife becomes a nightmare and a fight for survival.
Will appeal to fans of Deliverance.
Adrian writes with style and twists enough.