Bruised from the breakdown of her marriage, Esther Lomax needs to get away, and Malaysia seems the perfect place. But a day's boat trip takes a desperate turn when Esther and six other holidaymakers are taken to a desert island and their guide doesn’t return. As the days pass, tensions erupt, secrets emerge, and time increasingly runs out, Esther must ask herself: Will she leave the island alive?
©2012 Emily Barr (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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I must admit when I first started this book as a lot of books they do the prologue which then leaves you dangling for what seems like a very long time, I found myself longing to know what happened you will see what I mean, it does infact come together and brilliantly too, its very clever and well written these two girls have a second chance in life but like most things the past does infact catch up with them in the most bizarre way very gripping well read loved every minute highly recommend this book.
"COULDN'T " PUT IT DOWN!""
As a confirmed "whodunit" fan, I was in two minds whether to try this book, but I'm so glad I did... it has started to wean me off the Detective genre. Very well written - the lead character is SO like one of us in her thoughts and feelings... From the first, this book draws you in and although I thought I knew where it was going - I did not. Finding herself stranded at the beginning of the book I was afraid it would be tedious but far from it...A very clever plot line. Try this book - you will not be disappointed.
That's my Tom Hanks from Castaway impression.
This was a great listen. I'll not give away too much or I'll ruin it for you. A group of folk take a day trip out to a secluded island as part of their holidays in Malaysia. Something happens to their captain and they are left stranded. Was it a mistake, was it deliberate, who knows?
I found this a really atmospheric audiobook and could easily picture myself on the island with them, you'll enjoy it.
Ending was unexpected but in keeping with the rest of the story
I enjoyed reading this book, not earth shattering, must read again, but a pleasant way to spend reading. A few surprises and a good ending.
"A good listen, glad I tried it."
It was just a nice easy listen, kept me interested. I felt I cared for the characters and I like that there was more to it than just a "castaway" element.
I listened to this book in one straight weekend. I spent two days painting or baby's nursery while 28 weeks pregnant and the story was enough that I kept painting through the tiredness just for an excuse to keep listening and find out more. I think this is a sign that it is a good enough story.
Really easy book to get into and keep listening. Good descriptives all through but I became especially engrossed when actually 'stranded'. Thought the stranded bit would take up more of the story as that's the title and was a bit disappointed it didn't as I liked that part. However the overall story was good, I enjoyed it and I have listened pretty avidly - which is wonderful after feeling obliged to persevere with some well-marketed tat recently. So thumbs up from me for this story!
"Back to the Beach"
I have spent a fair amount of time as a 'British' Backpacker, Emily's books manage to transport me from London back to that world. In addition I enjoy the characters and making the similar mistakes with judgement that I have done on actual trips and encounters.
This one kept me guessing all the way to the end. The issue with it, for me came as the novel approached the conclusion and it is revealed how dumb one of the characters was in giving away something incredibly valuable. I also had frustrated 'He's behind you moments' when the main character didn't do what to me was the obvious thing in the modern world. I ceased to believe a little. Still these are probably just peculiar to me and others will not have a clue what I am talking about. That aside, I loved listening to this on Hampstead Heath.
"Gripping and page turning"
Believable characters and at times edge of the seat plot
But how come she had a phone when she returned to Brighton?
"Kept me guessing"
I really liked the unexpectedness of the plot and how it made you question yourself. It is too easy to second-guess plots these days but this one had lots of surprises with twists and turns that kept me guessing.
She was pretty good with accents.
Be careful what you wish for!
Really liked this. Not sure why I downloaded it and it was on my list for ages before I got round to listening. So glad I did. It's gripping, surprising and different. Narrator is excellent too.
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