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The Islanders

Written by: Caroline Mitchell
Narrated by: Willow Nash, Patrick Moy, Roisin O'Neill, Aidan Kelly, Deirdre O'Connell
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She thinks the island will keep her safe—she is wrong.

Traumatised by the death of a child in her care, top London paediatrician Claire seeks refuge on remote Selkie Island in the wilds of the Irish Sea with her husband Daniel and their baby daughter Kitty. Hidden away in Daniel’s old family home, Claire hopes to be as cut off from her guilt as she is from the mainland, but can she find peace in a place so full of its own secrets?

Twenty years earlier, Daniel’s parents left the island in a boat and never made it to the mainland. Mystery surrounds their deaths—and their lives. Why did they set out late at night in a storm? What had really been going on at the house? Even as Claire begins to recover her sense of self amid the island’s rugged beauty, she can’t shake off a chilling suspicion that Selkie Island has a dark history that the locals just can’t face—and that it somehow has a connection to her own life.

When baby Kitty suddenly disappears, Claire’s fragile world falls apart. The only way to secure her future is to uncover the past, but the closer she gets to answers, the more danger she finds herself in. Will she be able to save her family or will the island’s dark secrets take another life?

©2023 Caroline Mitchell. (P)2023 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Lots of surprises

Twisty, twisty, twisty! This one was good. I liked that it took place on an Irish island, Selkie Island (fictional, I guess, because Google Maps can't find it). There are a bunch of trigger warnings for this one, and other reviews detail those.

The pace was good and I liked the twists. The audiobook narrators were excellent.

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Uneven But Good Bits

Rated 2.5 rounded up. Sorry, I really wanted to like this story. There were good elements, but some of the writing was uneven and a bit directionless (see chapter 30 which is essentially a series of questions). I didn't enjoy the male narrators - most of the voices didn't align with the characters and seemed far older. The twists were interesting but some of the devices to conceal them were a bit unrealistic in retrospect. All that being said, I would give this author another try.

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excellent

A riveting story with many unexpected turns. Many voices, well performed. Great book. Worth the credit!

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