Island: (Center Point Platinum Romance (Large Print)) Library Binding – Large Print, 5 Jan 2006
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She's a winner of the RWA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers' Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information, check out her websites: TheOriginalHeatherGraham.com, eHeatherGraham.com, and HeatherGraham.tv. You can also find Heather on Facebook.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This was a page turner from the get-go! Ms. Graham has managed to draw out the suspense right up to the final chapter. This is a read that is highly populated with secondary characters and each and every one of them brings something to the story. If you are looking for edge of your seat reading...look no further than this. You won't be disappointed.
However, this book was a bit disappointing. I found it hard to relate to the characters and too many new people were thrown in all at once. The romance also seemed a bit rushed which was a shame.
Hoping the other book I have, The Vision is better.
Average with no real suspense.
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On a weekend getaway with her brother and niece, Beth Anderson is panic-stricken when she comes upon a skull on the beach, and instantly recalls the disappearance of a retired couple last seen in that area. Beth was even more unnerved when a handsome stranger came upon them and quickly covered up their discovery. When Beth returned with her brother to show him her find, it's no longer there and he dismisses her discovery thinking she mistook a conch shell for the skull. Beth knows what she saw, but without the skull she certainly can't bring the authorities in to investigate, however, that doesn't stop her from trying to unravel the mystery herself.
The bigger mystery that weekend was the enigmatic Keith Henson, the stranger from the beach who seems to keep turning up at the oddest times and whose presence just doesn't seem to ring true. Additionally, the man simply unnerves her by his sheer masculinity. Perhaps she was paranoid but it just seemed to Beth that the rest of the weekend vacationers on the island all seemed to have other agendas besides a little fun in the sun.
This was a decent read, fast-paced, with the suspense kept at the forefront throughout the story. The romance that developed between Beth and Keith was definitely hot, in spite of Beth not trusting Keith, and he never telling her the truth of what he was really up to. Graham fills the pages with a plethora of characters, which at times I thought needed a list in order to keep them straight. The ending was wrapped up neatly in an edge of the seat climax that solves all the mystery of who done what to whom! One question that remains unresolved though - I never did get the point of Ambers' friend Kim's defection??? Otherwise, a very compelling read.
When stranger Keith Henson arrives, Beth hides the finding. Her niece gives the newcomer the ten second third degree that only a young teen (or Macaulay Culkin in Uncle Buck) could perform. When Beth returns for the hidden skull, she finds it missing; Ben insists it was a conch. However, Beth believes whoever took the skull remains nearby ready to kill two teens and two adult siblings if needed. Keith offers to help her, but though attracted to him she wonders if he is the one who uncovered and re-hid the skull, making him the killer, but the case will twist much more bizarrely than simply that.
THE ISLAND is an exhilarating romantic suspense with the emphasis on red herrings, twists and turns (perhaps too many), and plenty of action as Beth tries to learn the truth about the vanishing skull which soon leads into "Sail into Terror". Beth is courageous as she struggles with what she knows (very little), what she speculates (a lot more all lethal), what to do and who to trust. The story line works because the ensemble cast seems genuine, as differing motives surface. Adding to the thriller is an intriguing secondary romance between Ben and a suspect that can only turn out bad for someone. Heather Graham's fans will enjoy sea cruising to THE ISLAND.
Beth Anderson finds a skull while on a weekend trip with her brother and niece. She leaves it and by the time she returns it's gone. From then on she spent the whole book obsessing and suspecting everyone of everything. And when evidence really WOULD surface instead of staying with it and calling someone in, she'd run off to tell someone at which point the evidence would disappear, again. When she truly was in danger she suddenly refused to get help because she said they wouldn't believe her.
Beth was unlikable and just plain stupid.
Amanda crawled all over men every chance she got yet we were supposed to believe she really wasn't sleazy.
There was no chemistry between the male and female leads, and the ending was abrupt.
I suddenly realized that of all the Heather Graham books I've read I only kept two of them; "Long, Lean and Lethal" and "Slow Burn". There's a reason for that, they were the only ones that were really any good. Fortunately I didn't pay for this book!
Beth may win a prize for dumbest heroine ever written into a romance novel. She's furious that no one will take her concerns seriously, then goes blithely on with her "investigation", heedless of danger, real or imagined. She jumps into bed with Keith at every opportunity, only to regret it in the AM, and reverts to treating him badly. If the situation were reversed, it would be called sexual exploitation. At any rate, once the mystery is resolved, she jumps into marriage with Keith. There's a surprise....
If you like your skulduggery fluffy and fatuous, interspersed with steamy love scenes, you might enjoy The Island more than I did.