The Island

Hachette Audio. May 2022. 8:56 hrs. ISBN 9781549122422. $25.98. THRILLER
Heather Baxter has always wanted to travel the world, and when her rich new husband whisks her off to Australia for a trip with his two children, it’s a dream come true. That dream, however, quickly becomes a nightmare after a deadly car crash makes them the target of a manhunt by a family of Australian locals. Isolated on the family’s private island, Heather must rely on skills she learned from her parents to survive the brutal wilderness and barbaric O’Neill clan. Author McKinty (The Chain) delivers a fast-paced thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats. Alternating points of view and muddled inner monologues help maintain the atmospheric tension. McKinty uses rich detail to engross readers in a narrative as chilling as the Australian summer is hot. Narrator Mela Lee gives a captivating performance with a variety of convincing accents, bolstered by a smattering of sound effects, including gunshots.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a sinister and suspenseful tale of survival, an adrenaline-fueled story of the lengths one would go to for family; recommended for fans of Candice Fox, Alice Feeney, and Rachel Hawkins.
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