The Island

The Island

Paperback Published on: 21/01/2021
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The Island
Twists, turns and plenty of tension!
This was absolutely brilliant! Ever since reading this a month ago, I have not stopped recommending this book and making sure people saved the publication ... READ MORE
Jess at Worcester


Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2021 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?

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008240592
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm

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The Island
A well-plotted and dramatic read or older teens
I really love C.L. Taylor's thrillers, and downloaded this not realising that it was a young adult book, where 6 teens find themselves stranded on a desert... READ MORE
Karen Byrom
The Island
Another page turner from Ms Taylor
I strayed unaware into this Young Adult themed offering from C L Taylor, so it unsurprisingly wasn’t quite what I expected. As a reader securely establishe... READ MORE
Kevin Manley
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Fear wasn't on this holiday agenda!
Jessie and her friends get more than they expect when a holiday of a lifetime goes badly wrong and their adventurous idyll is shattered. There is an unkno... READ MORE
The Island
A lovely island, a group of friends...
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. An excellent YA / Teen thriller. Great pace & tension throughout. A trip to an island with your fri... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Island
Kept me guessing
This book was marketed as LOST meets The Hunger Games. Those are two of my favourite things. I was DESPERATE to get my hands on this, and I received an eAR... READ MORE
Rebecca Earl
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Page Turner
This was my first CL Taylor book, I requested the ARC because it sounded really interesting. I have to say, I stayed up til 2am on Tuesday to finish it. ... READ MORE
Lisa Kelly
The Island
Good YA thriller
This was a great YA read & exactly what I needed. It's fast paced & keeps you guessing throughout. Written from the perspective of two of the six teenage... READ MORE
Rebecca Tait
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Get lost in The Island and face your deepest fears...
C L Taylor’s second YA thriller is another excellent read. Loaded with teen angst, sexual tension and natural and human-induced terror, this is a novel tha... READ MORE
Stu Cummins
The Island
A great read
4.5* I really enjoyed this book even though I’m not the YA target audience. It is a light easy read. 6 lifelong friends, who used to be really close when... READ MORE
Lesley Lloyd
The Island
A great thriller
This is a book written for the Young Adult market ... I have to confess that I am a few years past what I would call a young adult ... well, quite a few ac... READ MORE
The Island
Survivor meets Lord of the Flies
Six teenagers go on vacation every year and this year is no exception. Instead of going to a resort, they go to a deserted island with a guide. Things go... READ MORE
Sherry Rehbock
The Island
A great YA Thriller!
Many thanks to @Netgalley and @HQStories for the early review eARC of The Island by C.L. Taylor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which they bill as Lost mee... READ MORE
Naomi Garvey
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Young Adult Fiction
The 2nd YA book from C.L. Taylor focuses on a group of teenagers who along with their families have holidayed together almost every year since their parent... READ MORE
Kerrie Kelly
The Island
Surviving without a safety net!
C. L. Taylor, ably assisted by narrators Olivia Dowd, Sam Newton and Sarah Ovens, has produced a fantastic edge of your seat, thrill fest called The Islan... READ MORE
Mary Price
The Island
A rollercoaster Thai escape - and not just for YA!
Ooh - I do love a good psychological thriller! I also adore books based elsewhere, travel based. A combination of the two, and I’m sold. The Island fits... READ MORE
Suzanne Ellison
The Island
C.L. Taylor delivers again!
If you’re looking for a suspenseful, exciting read, this new YA thriller from C.L. Taylor hits the spot. Although aimed at YA, it’s perfectly suited for ad... READ MORE
Moyra Conner
The Island
Full of Twists
Six friends end up stranded on a deserted island as one by one watch of their deepest fears come true... The Island is a psychological thriller with plenty... READ MORE
Liv Burrell
The Island
This book had me OMG out loud!
I loved this book, I was gripped the whole way through!! This YA novel is about 6 friends who go to Thailand on holiday and hire a secluded Island for a we... READ MORE
Amy Waybourne
The Island
An enjoyable read
I love C.L Taylor’s thrillers and have read The Fear, Sleep and Strangers so far. I was intrigued to see how her writing would translate across to the Youn... READ MORE
The Island
Enjoyable and easy to listen to
I had no idea that C.L. Taylor had written anything outside of thriller books, so I was surprised to see this book, but was happy to give it a go. Thank yo... READ MORE
Sarah Waldron
The Island
An addictive medley of naivety and noir that will appeal to the intended audience.
This is a suspenseful story about six teenagers marooned on an island. Their darkest fears materialise as someone is turning paradise into hell. The charac... READ MORE
Jane Hunt
The Island
Very exciting book.
Six childhood friends - from a post natal group their parents attended, have gone on holiday as families as long as they can remember. When one has a birt... READ MORE
Madeline Cordell
The Island
Not just for YA - any fan of CLT's should read
Six friends, an island, what could go wrong? Jefferson, Danny, Jessie, Honor, Milo and Meg, the twins. Have been friends since birth – their parents all m... READ MORE
The Island
A great concept executed well
This was my first time reading anything by C.L Taylor, and I wasn't disappointed! I thought this book was structured really well, the plot progressed well... READ MORE
Jessica Newport
The Island
Intriguing but nothing too special
I have mixed feelings about The Island. On one hand it was an intriguing survival mystery with a hint of the Hunger Games thrown in. The plot was fast pace... READ MORE
Vandana Patil
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Totally immersive
Thankyou to Harper Collins for sending me a proof copy of this wonderful book! I’ve loved all of C.L Taylor’s books so far so i was very hopeful when div... READ MORE
Leah Chapman
The Island
Thrilling and tense
Six teenage friends travel to a remote tropical island for a week away from everything. It should be a relaxing and fun break, but things go wrong when th... READ MORE
The Island
It gave me chills
OMG!! You are in for a real treat with this book, it gave me the chills reading it and it made me feel freaked out with what was going to happen. It is abo... READ MORE
Hannah Symonds
The Island
Not to be missed!
This is the first YA thriller I have read by C L Taylor and I have to say I was not disappointed. The story is fast moving with characters you can relate ... READ MORE
Melanie Bell
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The Island
So... 6 teens are taken to a remote island with a guide for a week's survival course. Their guide then dies, there is no mobile signal, they are too far fr... READ MORE
The Island
Lovely young adult read
Cally Taylor new YA book. The book starts by introducing six teenagers who are all friends via their parents meeting when they were born. It is clear fro... READ MORE
Kelly  Dawkins
The Island
Your worst fears are about to come true...
Six friends. Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret. Who will make it off the island alive? The chapters follow the story of two main characters, Jessie a... READ MORE
Jennifer Summers
The Island
This story was dark and gripping from the start and I loved it!
Six teenage friends take a week-long trip to a private island as a birthday adventure but when their guide dies suddenly, they are left stranded on the isl... READ MORE
Laura Richardson
The Island
Lost meets the Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies
Buy, beg, steal or borrow this! (Don't actually steal it): Lost meets Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies... Six teenagers, Jessie, Danny, Honor, Milo, ... READ MORE
Christina Walker
The Island
Gripped from the beginning
C L Taylor always manages to suck you into a book from the very first chapter, making it almost impossible to put down. Despite this being a young adult fi... READ MORE
Sarah  McMinn
The Island
Put you off islands
A group of teenagers find themselves alone on a tropical island where their holiday survival experience turns into a real fight for survival. It's as if so... READ MORE
Jay Sefton
The Island
Great book!
I loved this book! It is set on a remote jungle island where six seventeen year old friends go on a holiday adventure together, but things keep going wron... READ MORE
Catherine Craig
The Island
The island review
Once I saw this book I just had to read it! Having read Sleep and Strangers by C L Taylor I just knew I couldn’t go wrong with this book and it really live... READ MORE
The Island
YA thriller set in THAILAND
Six teenagers have been around each other since their parents met at NCT (National Childbirth Trust) classes. Over the years they have all hung out togethe... READ MORE
The Island
New book by C.L. Taylor
She has done it again. C.L. Taylor's new novel of The Island is a fantastic read. My copy arrived a day early and in that one day I completed most of the b... READ MORE
The Island
Dark and Exciting
Cally Taylor returns with another young adult novel. I loved The Treatment, her first dip into young adult fiction, and was excited to read The Island. I... READ MORE
Angela Watt
The Island
The families have been getting together for holidays since they met when their children were born. Now the children are teenagers & are in Thailand. Jeffer... READ MORE
Maggie Macdonald
The Island
Enjoyable but couldn't properly get into it
Six teenagers, who have been holidaying for years together with their parents, decide to go on a holiday to a deserted island for a special birthday treat,... READ MORE
Jennifer Dawson
The Island
The Island by @cltaylorautor ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - - - Six teenagers are on a trip of a lifetime to Thailand with their parents. As part of a birthday present for one... READ MORE
Naomi Cook
The Island
Dark and menacing
Full of atmosphere and menace. Friends holidaying together on a desert island are faced with their deepest, darkest fears. Who is playing with their minds?... READ MORE
Gillian Frost
The Island
CL Taylor does it again - even for YA Fiction!
Whilst on holiday in Thailand with their parents, six teenagers join together with just an elderly survival guide for a week on a desert island adventure. ... READ MORE
Michelle King
The Island
Quite good
I really enjoy CL Taylor's thrillers so even though I'm not a young adult by any stretch of the imagination, I gave this book a go. I quite enjoyed it, it ... READ MORE
The Island
What starts off as a holiday of promise, quickly turns sour. A fast-paced thriller that I struggled to put down. Highly recommended!
Mark Rose
The Island
Mystery, intrigue
An intriguing YA thriller set on an exotic island. A group of six teenagers, who’ve been friends since birth, are on holiday on an exotic, remote island. ... READ MORE
Joanne Gibbons
The Island
Engaging read
Six teenagers go on holiday to Thailand with their family’s as they have done all their lives as their parents stayed friends after meeting at antenatal cl... READ MORE
Celia Short
The Island
Review Take your phobia or phobias. Scares you right? Mix them with being on an island with a guide that is now dead, just a group of your friends. And t... READ MORE
The Island
A thrilling read that had me reading into the night.
I am so envious of our YA community today. Working as a Senior School Librarian I get to see first hand the excitement books can have over them – if of cou... READ MORE
Shelley Fallows
The Island
A gripping, fast-paced, twisty thriller!
Knowing what a fabulous author C L Taylor is, as soon as I heard she had a new book coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it. I haven’t read a YA book... READ MORE
Cathryn Northfield
The Island
I requested The Island not realising that it is a young adult book, which isn't my favourite genre. Once again though I was pulled into this thrilling stor... READ MORE
The Island
Teens stranded
This is a perceptive and well constructed story. Six teenagers have had annual holidays together Since birth as their mothers got to know each other then. ... READ MORE
Douglas Osler
The Island
Pacey and kept me guessing
Not my favourite from C.L. Taylor but still a pacey, gripping story to enjoy. Definitely delivers on the suspense and get me guessing until the very end.
Grace Nielsen
The Island
The Island by C.L. Taylor
Six teens are heading out on the holiday of a lifetime to Thailand. Their parents, who met at an antenatal class seventeen years ago and have always stayed... READ MORE