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Juliet is on the island because of a crime against a man.
Her attacker is on the island too, a friend of the other man.
Juliet has 'lustful revenge' I think it was called against this man. Who does that?
One night, they discuss what happened between them, except they don't actually get to the truth. Whyever not? If you think you are innocent, you try and ensure the other person knows!
Only at the end of the book, does Juliet remember things properly
I found it all annoying, their actions strange, dialogue a little weird and repetitive.
It's hard to understand the characters too, they need forming further.
I’ve not read LB Dunbar’s work for a while, her last few releases were simply not for me, so it was with great excitement that we signed up for Redemption Island. I was needing my fix of this author. The blurb to this book is perfect; it’s enticing and beckons you easily. The cover needs mention too; for it’s simple, understated graphics again, draw you to the book. LB Dunbar has definitely got those two fundamental components absolutely right.
Whilst I love this authors writing, I often find it difficult to initially settle down into any book she writes. This is in no way a criticism, it just takes me time to become immersed in her style of writing. Redemption Island was no exception, it took a few chapters to become re-acquainted with the unique way she writes. Once I’m in though, it’s all good from there. I found it difficult to put this book down.
I had a little wobble with Tack. I guess the nature of his crime is an unforgivable one, no matter the circumstances. Any justification that was thrown at me just didn’t seem enough and the glimpses of the man he was, out with the Island, weren’t particularly endearing to me either. I certainly understood some, but it didn’t make it okay with me and I had a hard time connecting with him for a long while. My sympathies lay squarely at Juliet’s feet for much of the book. But, I think in hindsight – that is so far removed from what this book is even remotely about. It’s not about his crime, or her crime. Redemption Island is about so much more.
LB Dunbar questions the reader, not in a traditional sense, but more of a – what would I do, how would I cope – kind of sense. Introspective and challenging are the words I would use. I always love these kinds of books, they push and pull at the emotions. There are so many intermingled themes running through this book, all connected in one way or another, yet clear as day. I think LB Dunbar did a fantastic job putting those topics into words and ‘touching’ the reader. I’ve no doubt many a discussion will be had about the contents of this book, the subjects approached. Dark and heavy and beautiful all at the same time.
I enjoyed the narrative, until the author threw me for a loop. I’m still not sure how I feel about those chapters to be honest, not sure if they worked, can’t make my mind up on that. The fact I’m not hating them I guess counts for something. This has been one of the harder reviews for me to write and I have kept my views as vague as possible, with minimum reference to plot line, intentionally. Redemption Island should not be spoiled, the blurb gives you enough. And I’d recommend this highly – but it’s not a beach read. It’s a hunker down somewhere with no distractions kind of read. Cannot wait for the conclusion, which I do believe is coming in October. Enjoy!
"a year of reflection"
"a year to repent"
"a year to restore"
Both Tack and Juliet reach the island with a similar goal of solitude and silence besides fortnightly visits for resources. To find themselves...to gain a sense of forgiveness and/or acceptance. Neither of them knowing that the other was there.
As the pair realise exactly who the other is, their emotions are tried, tested and shaken to the limits. Once enemies, now stranded together, they are left to face their feelings both for one another and themselves.
This was my first read by LB Dunbar shamefully, having known about her work, and desperately wanting to read her work, this book simply left me aghast. It was a refreshingly different book to that I've grown accustomed to, but the way the author tells the story simply spell-binds you. The snippets of past and present fill you in on the horrors these two individuals have faced or delivered.
Our intention isn't for you to starve or even feel like a prisoner. The island is meant to bring you in touch with yourself. Forget your sin, reconcile with what happened, and figure out how to make yourself whole again...
The end to the story has certainly left me wanting more but am pleased to know that the second installation will be released in October and I'm already eager to see where the story goes for this pair! An amazing read and certainly not my last by LB Dunbar.
Five incredible stars
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