The Castaways – Book Review

The Castaways



‘We’re tipping it as one of 2021’s best reads’ Marie Claire
Totally addictive, clever and atmospheric’ Erin Kelly
Tense, unnerving and emotional’ C. L. Taylor
Packed full of intrigue’ Heidi Perks

It should be like any other holiday.

Beautiful beaches.
Golden sunsets.
Nothing for miles.

You’ll never want to leave.
Until you can’t…

Gripping, twisty and full of sun-soaked atmosphere, THE CASTAWAYS will whisk you far away to the island – and never let you go.

No. of pages:- 395 pages

Date published:- March 1st 2021

Publisher:- Harper Collins

Genre:- Thriller/ Sea Stories

After a fight in the hotel in the country of Fiji, Lori boards the plane alone with her sister to fly to another island. The plane goes missing after the takeoff and to this day, no one knows what really happened to the plane and its passengers.

Two years later, Lori’s younger sister Erin, who is a journalist is trying to find the answers to what really happened to Lori and the other passengers on the plane and has dedicated an entire room posting pictures and newspaper clippings on the walls. Then out of blue, she receives news that the pilot has suddenly turned up and is in the hospital. Erin then returns back to Fiji to find the answers and to find what really happened to Lori.

To be honest, this story kind of reminds me of that famous television series–Lost. Have you watched Lost?

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The part about the island sounds similar to the Lost series. The story is told from the perspectives of Lori and Erin. Lori along with three men, Mike (the pilot), Felix and Daniel and an infant, Sonny were the only ones who survived the plane crash. The author has done a good job giving descriptions about the island life with no network, no signs of help and surviving mainly on eating tropical fruits like coconuts and breadfruits and catching fish from the ocean and eating them while enduring mosquito bites and coming across insects and snakes. You also feel that you are also stranded in the island with them. It’s as if, you are at the edge of the seat, wanting badly to know who is going to survive and finally leave the island. The vivid descriptions of the island, the trees, the sandy beaches makes you feel as if you are in that island.

And as for Erin’s part, as a reader, you can feel how desperate Erin is to find the answers and she would do anything to try to get answers from Mike, who is the only one who has surfaced. And as you keep reading the book, I couldn’t put this book down as I couldn’t wait to find if Erin will find her sister alive or…dead.

Overall, this is a fast paced thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat and make you crave you to read more–worth five stars!

Lucy Clarke

Lucy Clarke is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers – THE SEA SISTERS, A SINGLE BREATH, THE BLUE/NO ESCAPE, LAST SEEN, YOU LET ME IN and THE CASTAWAYS. Her debut novel was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and her books have been sold in over 20 territories.

Lucy is a passionate traveller and fresh air enthusiast. She’s married to a professional windsurfer and, together with their two young children, they spend their winters travelling and their summers at home on the south coast of England. Lucy writes from a beach hut.

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