Afternoon all! Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for The Island by Mary Grand, a twisty and suspenseful psychological thriller…….
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Title: The Island
Author: Mary Grand
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Estimated page count: 386
Formats available: Paperback, Audiobook and eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Boldwood Books (24 Jun. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
The Island – where everyone knows everyone, and secrets are impossible to keep…
‘Be careful, you don’t know them as well as you think. Remember – anyone can kill.’
Juliet has returned to the Isle of Wight from years abroad to visit her sick father and to be reunited with her three sisters – Cassie, a professional musician who seems to have lost her way in life, Mira, who is profoundly deaf, is married to the local vicar but their relationship is falling apart, and Rosalind, glamorous and charming but now deeply unhappy and secretive about her life.
As Juliet’s father lies dying, he issues her with a warning. There is a killer on the loose, and they may be closer than she can ever imagine. He anxiously tells Juliet that he confided a family secret in son-in-law Rhys, and now regrets ever saying a word.
Days later, as the clock strikes one in the morning, a man comes out of Rhys’s church, walks along the path and is run down by a car driven by an unidentified person. When the finger of suspicion points to Juliet, she realises the only way to clear her name is to uncover the secrets her family has been keeping from her for years. But with a killer on the loose, danger is getting closer all the time…
The Island is set on the Isle of Wight – insular, claustrophobic, and where secrets are hard to keep. Mary Grand’s heart-stopping who-dunnits are perfect for fans of Louise Candlish. Agatha Christie and Lucy Foley.
Juliet returns to the Isle of Wight after 2 years away to see her father who is critical in hospital. She doesn’t expect the last things he says to her to be a warning – a warning that if someone has a motive, they will kill…… Not making much sense of what he’s saying Juliet goes away determined to figure it out. But what she also doesn’t expect is to find that her family all have secrets……
And then someone else is killed and Juliet could be the prime suspect. It wasn’t her so now she has to face up to the fact that it could have been one of her family. Finding out and uncovering the secrets becomes a lot more important. But will she get to the bottom of things? Will the secrets be revealed? And will more lives be lost?
This was a suspenseful read that had me questioning absolutely everyone along with Juliet! I felt really sorry for her, coming back to not only lose her Dad but then to discover everyone in her family has secrets that they don’t want to reveal. And the more she finds out the more she starts to doubt people – and you really can’t blame her! I genuinely thought it might have been everyone expect Juliet at one point!
The story is gripping and unravels at a reasonable pace to keep you hanging on and wanting more. There are twists that you won’t be expecting too. There was one I guessed early on but other than that I had no clue!!
The setting is fab, and having not been to the Isle of Wight since I was a teenager I now really want to go! The fact that the village is small and claustrophobic provides a brilliant background and atmosphere for the story.
So if you’re looking for a suspenseful, twisty psychological thriller in a great setting then check this out!
About the author
Mary Grand is the author of five novels and writes gripping, page-turning suspense, with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author, publisher and Netgalley for a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend