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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books (29 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0995621268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0995621268
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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I actually received a review copy of this book without having any idea about its setting or plot so it was a fantastic surprise to find that the hidden island of the title was actually in Greece my most favourite place in the world. This is a Greek set crime thriller with two of the most interesting and intriguing police characters I’ve come across for a while! They have to investigate the death of a young woman but does it have any connection to a past crime that shocked the island community?

When we first meet Greek based Beckett though it did take me a while to get into his character-he seemed very closed off and I would have liked more in the way of depth to him much earlier on. Harper, the UK based detective I actually took to straight away. I found the way he interacted with his father, while they are watching the proceedings outside court on tv after he has helped put away a serial killer, very interesting and wanted to find out more of his backstory. And once Harper is in Greece and there are further revelations that makes that scene becomes much more understandable. His character came as a surprise to me as I had expected Beckett to be on his own solving the murder of a girl on his home island of Farou. But once these two came together I really felt the chemistry of their work relationship coming together and from there on I actually enjoyed the storyline much more as well.

The setting in Greece was also rather cleverly done as it felt much darker than the usual sunny and warm environment that I was expecting! It was obviously a tourist destination for those gangs of girls/boys holiday (I imagined it in my head to be similar to Laganas in Zante!) but the author seemed to make it feel so much more mysterious with an brooding, evil undercurrent.
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I read the synopsis of this book and it really did intrigue me.  The synopsis promised so much.  Sun, sea, sand, murder, the occult and a detective, who wishes to see out the rest of his police career on this holiday island.  Little does he know………..
The plot itself is rather dark and mysterious with more than one surprise and twist along the way.  I don’t really want to say too much about the plot as I don’t want to spoil it for anybody.  A young woman on her hen week disappears and a body washes up but to find out if they are both one and the same or two unrelated people you really will need to read the book.
I loved the character of Inspector Beckett Kyriakoulis.  He is a man of a certain age, who has experienced a lot over the course of his police career.  He is dedicated to his work and is determined to solve the crimes, although sometimes his methods are a bit questionable.  It’s obvious that Beckett has experienced deep trauma and has undergone a horrifying ordeal  in a previous case.  He can’t forget the case in question because not only has he the mental scars but he also has a permanent physical reminder of what happened.  At the start I didn’t know what had happened to him but little bits of information are drip fed to the reader and as the book went on I gradually managed to piece together the back story.  Beckett does not have a lot of support, neither from his superiors nor from the British Government, who decide to send over a DI Harper from the Metropolitan Police to ‘help’ Beckett but I suspect the real intention is for Harper to prove that Beckett has lost the plot.  At first I didn’t really take to Harper but as I learnt more about his background, I warmed to him a bit more and could see why he is the way he is.
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A man burying a body at sea, ensuring it will never surface. Years ago Detective Inspector Beckett Kyriakoulis captured a criminal who had hurt many young women. Beckett has seen evil in the eye during wars, but this case still haunts him. Now a young woman is missing and another one drifts ashore, murdered. Is Beckett Kyriakoulis imagining it, or are there similarities to the old case? Will Beckett again be confronted with his biggest nightmare, the Greek Island of Farou once more a place where fear and anxiety rule?

Angela Corner’s fascinating thriller is not only a crime novel, in which a detective and his team set out to find clues eventually leading them to a culprit, a murderer or criminal, but much more. There are plot twists as well as people trying to deal with their past. It shows us the difficulty in relationships between fathers and their children, how expectancies and prejudices get in the way of bonding with family. Like Beckett and his father, who he feels failed him, and Harper, a constant disappointment to his father. Then there are those controlling others’ lives: can you escape such obsessive behaviour? Can people change? It’s all there in ‘The Hidden Island’ but most of all it’s an intriguing and thrilling read that keeps you hooked to the very last page, I loved the ending!
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Very good debut novel.
A girls body is found & another has gone missing. Complete opposites in the police force end up working together to solve the puzzling crime.
Enjoyable read & great characters. Hopefully leading to more
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