The Burning Island by Hester Young
Published: January 22, 2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Genres: thriller, mystery, psychological thriller, supernatural
Rating: 4.5 stars
Recommend to fans of: heartfelt psychological thrillers, twin stories, family drama, multi layered stories, mysteries with a bit of supernatural elements
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When her work on a high-profile missing child case exposes her fragile secret to the world, Charlie Cates is forced to flee the spotlight.
On Hawai’i’s Big Island, Charlie can escape the past whilst gazing out at breath-taking sunsets and sparkling sea.
But in spite of its beauty the island is harbouring a dark secret of its own, and people who will do anything to protect it.
The more enchanted Charlie becomes by the island’s mysteries, the bigger the theat she poses to its tranquillity. And the closer Charlie gets to uncovering the truth, the less likely it seems that she will ever leave the island alive…
Thank you to NetGalley, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and Hester Young for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.
- The premise: woman who dreams about/get vibes from people who are in danger, missing or dead
- The supernatural/psychic elements are just enough to allow the story to happen, while still keeping the genre as mystery/psychological thriller
- Find my Phone App playing a vital role in the investigation
- Slow burn mystery that ramps up at the perfect time
- The main character’s friend, Rae: bold, supportive, kind, encouraging
- The setting of Hawaii … need I say more? But it’s obvious the author is familiar with the area
- The mystery, search for a missing girl, ends up being so much better than I thought
- The revelations at the last 1/3 of the story … OMG!
- Seriously messed up families —> But that’s also what makes the book great in a messed up kind of way
- There’s another book in the series, preferably a sequel to this story
- Learned more about the owners of the B&B
- We could learn what happens to the cultish family’s kids in the future
Overall, a wonderful mystery that’s written perfectly. A slow burn suspense that packs a big punch at the end. Definitely worth the read!
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