Book review: The Castaways by Lucy Clarke

The book:

The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: March 18th 2021


The blurb:

It should be like any other holiday.

Beautiful beaches.
Golden sunsets.
Nothing for miles.

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

My thoughts…

This was a bit of a silly book, but I found myself really enjoying it and wanting to keep reading to find out what had happened.

Two very different sisters are setting off on the holiday of a lifetime – but after a row only one sister boards the flight to their final destination. But then the unthinkable happens and the plane disappears completely, with no passengers or plane ever accounted for.

Two years later, Erin is still haunted by the plane she never boarded and her sister she has never heard from again, and she is determined this time to find out exactly what happened.

The novel is narrated by two distinct voices – Lori at the time of the plane disappearance two years ago and Erin now as she tries to find out what has happened. This worked really well and I enjoyed the different points of view, which added to the tension.

A genuinely interesting mystery starts to unfold and I found myself gripped, despite some less believable elements.

A really good and very readable thriller.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced review copy of this novel.

My rating: 8 out of 10

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