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New Year Island: A Psychological Suspense Survival Thriller (Northern California Suspense Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Ten people get invitations to be contestants on a reality show. It will be filmed on a deserted island, overrun by seals, birds and sharks. They get checks for $5,000 for showing up, with the promise of a first prize of 5 million, over a million for second and third, and $100,000 for everyone else who doesn't get disqualified.
The author introduces his characters in the very beginning and then sets the stage for the story from their personal points of view. His talent at laying the foundation through their backgrounds made interesting reading. The ten main characters -- the doctor, the model, the soldier, the mountain climber, the shy student, the SCUBA dive leader, the banker, the producer, the director of a women's shelter and the ex-con, all have a secret. Too many main characters can be confusing, but I had no trouble remembering any of them.
On the way to the island, the reader gets a unique feeling of foreboding. From then to the end of the book, there are goose bumps at every twist and turn.
I couldn't put the book down! I found myself planning to read just a few more pages, and ended up reading late into the night, even skipping dinner. The author has great skill at surrounding the unbelievable with the believable. He lures the reader into suspending reality.
This book has everything I need in a mystery and psychological thriller. Hands down, it's one of the most riveting books I've read in the last few years.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review, and I hope you found it helpful in making a purchase decision.
The book grabs your attention right from the start with short flashback storylines for many of the main characters...each of them facing an intense, life-threatening ordeal. The short flashback chapters all end with the understanding that the individual survived; but that there was much more to the situation that lives on as secrets which haven't yet been revealed to the reader.
Spring ahead to many years later, and these same people, along with a few others, have all received an invitation that is too hard to turn down. As the ten selected candidates board a luxury megayacht, the mystery begins as they discover they are the only ones onboard other than the ship's crew. Rather than a live representative to greet them, a video image of their host, Julian, proceeds to divide them into two teams and provides a cursory explanation of what their contract entails. They're then transported to a remote biological research island off the California coast where they are to be abandoned for two weeks with the intention of competing for the $5,000,000 grand prize in a new reality show.
Upon their abandonment on the island, it becomes immediately apparent that things are not as they were expected to be. In an eerie following of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, they begin their quest for shelter and food.Read more ›
Soon enough, it becomes apparent that several of these people are hiding shameful secrets and the contest promoters have other ulterior motives in mind. Tension and suspicion build as people start to disappear or are murdered and this quickly becomes a battle for literal survival.
Personally, I thought that some things were a bit 'over the top', like the way some people kept surviving against incredible odds. For instance, it is hard to imagine that people at the heart of a massive explosion can actually survive, but they do in this story. So be prepared to suspend belief and enjoy the suspense and surprising twists and turns the author brings us.
The Kindle book is formatted well and the team score cards are nicely displayed.
Like other reviewers, I too was a little disappointed towards the end, feeling let down by the implausible odds they faced.
However, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend this book - do not be put off by the number of pages, as you will fly through it!
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**This review DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS **I really enjoyed this book. It's well written with 3-dimensional characters, fast, pacy and thrilling. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol
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