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The Island (Paperback)

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Lost meets The Hunger Games in this thrilling 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?


Readers love C. L. Taylor's gripping YA novels:

'What a fabulous storyline. A heart-popping, fast-paced page-turner from start to finish.'

'A cracking, well-informed and interesting storyline. Simply excellent. C.L. Taylor has done it again!'

'A brilliant step into the YA world.'

'From the beginning I was hooked. Twists and turns really pull you in and you find yourself on a roller coaster ride of emotions.'

'I was gripped from start to finish!'

'The concept was brilliant; I really loved the twist turns and tension. Brilliantly written and a delight to read.'

Children'sFiction & true storiesAdventure storiesCrime & mystery fictionChildren'sFiction & true storiesAdventure storiesThrillersChildren'sFiction & true storiesGeneral fictionChildren'sFiction & true storiesRomance & relationships storiesFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 21/01/2021 ISBN-13: 9780008240592  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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C.L. Taylor is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages, and optioned for television. Her 2019 novel, Sleep, was a Richard and Judy pick. C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.

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Customer Reviews

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 then.....things happen one by one that bring out your individual phobias. Then there’s these guys. It’s a YA read but can be for any age, it certainly has its scary moments that you bite your nails over. Great portrayal of characters, young adults with kicking in hormones, great read! My one down disappointment in the book was a portrayal of mental health excuse. That will make sense to you when you read it. It stood out to me because my husband lives with bi polar and I’ve been around psychosis in unwell people for over 30 years. So it hit home to me in a bit of a negative way. A part from that, I loved it.

- 21/01/2021
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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 adults to read too! The book opens with 5 families, who have 6 teenagers between them, having known each other since their mothers met at antenatal classes. The families, although all from different walks of life, have had many holidays together over the years and this one is all the more exciting. They’re off to Thailand, and to celebrate the 17th birthday of Jeffers, his wealthy father has bought him a week on a deserted island on a survival course with the rest of the teens. After arriving on the island, things begin to go wrong from the very start, when they become stranded on the island. There is more tension in this book than a high-wire! It flits from character to character, although is mostly narrated by Jessie and Danny. Through the following days, we learn more of the background of each character with their fears and phobias openly discussed round the campfire on the first night. But is everyone being truthful? Some must come to terms with past horrific events in their lives. With their anxieties and guilt running at full speed, one by one, their phobias are realised, each one more terrifying than the last. Clarified in horrifying details, the suspense is excruciating. The scary challenges they face are exhausting and you can really envisage their angst and fatigue. Strange happenings in and out of the camp they’ve built only cause their unease to be increased. Accusations are flying high as to who is causing this to happen, making it more difficult for the group to stay together and be supportive of each other. Lots of suspense and suspicions leading to further mistrust and unrest in the group, with each character showing their strength and weakness. The book covers clever morals too as each character is forced to make adult decisions, testing their physical and mental health. I felt the book is very powerful and openly shows us some of the many problems currently faced by today’s teens such as depression, assertiveness, gender awareness and bullying on a day to day basis. Many thanks to publishers HQ and to Cally for receipt of this advance copy as one of her VIP readers!

- 21/01/2021
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