books, reviews

Book Review: The Last Resort – Susi Holliday

I read this via NetGalley, thank you to the publisher Thomas & Mercer for approving my request.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One perfect crime.

When Amelia is invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat on a private island, the mysterious offer is too good to refuse. Along with six other strangers, she’s told they’re here to test a brand-new product for Timeo Technologies. But the guests’ excitement soon turns to terror when the real reason for their summons becomes clear.

Each guest has a guilty secret. And when they’re all forced to wear a memory-tracking device that reveals their dark and shameful deeds to their fellow guests, there’s no hiding from the past. This is no luxury retreat–it’s a trap they can’t get out of.

As the clock counts down to the lavish end-of-day party they’ve been promised, injuries and in-fighting split the group. But with no escape from the island–or the other guests’ most shocking secrets–Amelia begins to suspect that her only hope for survival is to be the last one standing. Can she confront her own dark past to uncover the truth–before it’s too late to get out?

My thoughts:

This has an Agatha Christie for the tech age feel – a bit And Then There Were None, which is my favourite Christie novel. Stranded on an island, not entirely sure what’s happening and then people start getting sick and possibly dying in accidents.

The island seems designed to work against them and Amelia is the only one who might have a clue about where they are.

With clever writing and an increasingly creepy and weird plot as the worst things people did are being shared to the group. And then they start dying.

This was really enjoyable and smart, I was thoroughly gripped and spotted the Famous Five motif running throughout. The ending was quite strange and maybe not what I was expecting, but it tied up some things while leaving others as question marks.

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