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Publisher's Summary

From two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author Carol Goodman comes a new mystery, about a group of friends isolated on a remote island with a history of foul play.

Lucy Harper still has traumatic memories and lingering health problems from the 2020 pandemic. So, when a new virus surfaces years later, she and her husband, Reed, seek refuge on his family’s private island off the coast of Maine. Ostensibly safely sequestered with their five closest friends and family, Lucy should feel at ease. So why does she feel the weight of the island’s dark history pushing down on the group?

As Lucy uncovers Reed’s family secrets and the island’s history as a quarantine hospital for typhus patients, she becomes obsessed with the past and feels her own grip on reality slipping. Tempers flare, strange signs appear in the woods, and accidents turn deadly. Is the island haunted by the dead? Or is someone amongst the living taking their revenge? 

©2022 Carol Goodman (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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The story is good. All the characters were unlikable. Because of the trauma most of them had been through from the previous pandemic and their past there was a tension between all of them. Their pasts made them not be able to trust each other. Because they didn’t like one another it made it hard to connect to any of the characters. The story itself was well done and kept my interest.
The narrator had a lisp or something that made her speech sound like air was stuck in her cheeks when pronouncing certain words. It was distracting enough to have me mention it. I usually never care how a persons voice sounds or notice things that others do in their reviews. But with this narrator she has a lovely sound to her voice but it was hard to not get distracted from the story with the other noise she made.

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This was a 24-hr read for me. Set in in the future - probably around 2030? - described as 10 years after the “first pandemic”, there’s now another pandemic that is causing widespread illness and death. A group of friends decided to ride this one out on a secluded island owned by one their families for generations. Since the last pandemic had such devastating effects on all of their lives, they’ve stayed prepared. The island is well-stocked with food and supplies and they should be able to survive for months. But the island has a violent history and when one thing after another starts to go wrong, the group doesn’t know who, or what, to suspect is behind all the strange happenings that seem to indicate history is repeating itself.

Once I started, I couldn’t stop with this listen. I had to know what was going on. I didn’t really like any of the characters and never knew who could be trusted. There were a few important events that seemed to happen suddenly and unexpectedly and then were wrapped up a bit too quickly for me, but the pace and high level of tension / suspense throughout made up for those things. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It was my first Carol Goodman read, but definitely won’t be my last!!

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