Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author.
Welcome to The Island.
Where your worst fears are about to come true…
It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.
But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare.
Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality.
Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.
Who will make it off the island alive?
Readers love C. L. Taylor’s gripping YA novels:
'What a fabulous storyline. A heart-popping, fast-paced page-turner from start to finish.'
'A cracking, well-informed and interesting storyline. Simply excellent. C.L. Taylor has done it again!'
'A brilliant step into the YA world.'
'From the beginning I was hooked. Twists and turns really pull you in and you find yourself on a roller coaster ride of emotions.'
'I was gripped from start to finish!'
'The concept was brilliant; I really loved the twist turns and tension. Brilliantly written and a delight to read.'
Your favourite authors are loving The Island
‘Kept me awake long after I’d finished reading – terrifyingly good!’ Tamsyn Murray
‘Completely gripping’ Bella
‘A fantastic YA tale with a claustrophobic setting and a cast of characters who each have something to hide. I couldn’t put it down’ Chris McDonald
Praise for The Treatment:
‘This gripping book will keep you hooked, whatever your age.’ Fabulous magazine
‘A truly heart-pounding page turner for young adults, with a brilliant climax.’ New! magazine
‘Suspense, suspicion and sinister secrets abound in this accomplished YA debut.’ Lovereading.co.uk
‘Creepy, chilling and thrilling – The Treatment will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence.' Tamsyn Murray, author of Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart.
‘A gripping look into a nightmare future.’ Caroline Green author of Dark Ride
About the author
C.L. Taylor is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages, and optioned for television. Her 2019 novel, Sleep, was a Richard and Judy pick. C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.
I know I know! A strange title for a review but for some unknown reason I guessed the outcome!
Again a good read, which, I would recommend, but not to anyone going on holiday to Thailand anytime soon!!!
A gripping, fast-paced, twisty thriller!
Knowing what a fabulous author C L Taylor is, as soon as I heard she had a new book coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it. I haven’t read a YA book in many years but knowing how much I loved the point horror books as a teenager, I was keen to give it a go. I am so glad I did!
The story is told from the perspectives of Jessie and Danny, who are on holiday in Thailand with four other friends Meg, Milo, Jeffers and Honour. As a gift for Jeffers 17th birthday, his dad has paid for the teens to have a guided survival experience on a tropical island for seven days. Things quickly go wrong though, when their guide dies not long after they arrive and they become stuck on the island!
As if being trapped on a remote island wasn’t bad enough, the group soon realise that someone knows what each of them fears most, as their phobias suddenly start to come to life!
The fast-paced style of writing is perfect for this book and with the many twists and turns, I didn’t once get bored. The chapters end with mini cliff-hangers which helps to hold your interest and makes this an unputdownable read.
Initially, it seemed like there were a lot of characters to remember but I quickly got used to them and luckily didn’t find it confusing. It definitely helped to have just two of the teens as narrators rather than all of them. The story is very cleverly written, with never too much being revealed about each person, I found myself suspecting anyone and everyone and I did not guess the ending!
Whilst this book sits in the Young Adult category, I think it is a thriller that can easily be enjoyed by all ages.
Secrets, suspicion and spine-tingling suspense!
Enthralling page turner! Riveting!
If you’re looking for a suspenseful, exciting read, this new YA thriller from C.L. Taylor hits the spot. Although aimed at YA, it’s perfectly suited for adults to read too!
The book opens with 5 families, who have 6 teenagers between them, having known each other since their mothers met at antenatal classes. The families, although all from different walks of life, have had many holidays together over the years and this one is all the more exciting. They’re off to Thailand, and to celebrate the 17th birthday of Jeffers, his wealthy father has bought him a week on a deserted island on a survival course with the rest of the teens.
After arriving on the island, things begin to go wrong from the very start, when they become stranded on the island. There is more tension in this book than a high-wire! It flits from character to character, although is mostly narrated by Jessie and Danny. Through the following days, we learn more of the background of each character with their fears and phobias openly discussed round the campfire on the first night. But is everyone being truthful? Some must come to terms with past horrific events in their lives. With their anxieties and guilt running at full speed, one by one, their phobias are realised, each one more terrifying than the last. Clarified in horrifying details, the suspense is excruciating. The scary challenges they face are exhausting and you can really envisage their angst and fatigue. Strange happenings in and out of the camp they’ve built only cause their unease to be increased. Accusations are flying high as to who is causing this to happen, making it more difficult for the group to stay together and be supportive of each other. Lots of suspense and suspicions leading to further mistrust and unrest in the group, with each character showing their strength and weakness. The book covers clever morals too as each character is forced to make adult decisions, testing their physical and mental health.
I felt the book is very powerful and openly shows us some of the many problems currently faced by today’s teens such as depression, assertiveness, gender awareness and bullying on a day to day basis.
Many thanks to publishers HQ and to Cally for receipt of this advance copy as one of her VIP readers!