• The Island

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Mela Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,159 ratings)

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The Island

By: Adrian McKinty
Narrated by: Mela Lee
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Publisher's Summary

A "brilliant and relentless" new thriller from the author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Chain (Don Winslow).

“Extraordinary.”T. J. Newman, New York Times bestselling author of Falling

"You'll never go on vacation the same way again."—Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of City On Fire 

IT WAS JUST SUPPOSED TO BE A FAMILY VACATION.

A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT CHANGED EVERYTHING.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL THEY COME FOR YOUR FAMILY.

After moving from a small country town to Seattle, Heather Baxter marries Tom, a widowed doctor with a young son and teenage daughter. A working vacation overseas seems like the perfect way to bring the new family together, but once they’re deep in the Australian outback, the jet-lagged and exhausted kids are so over their new mom.

When they discover remote Dutch Island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family talks their way onto the ferry, taking a chance on an adventure far from the reach of iPhones and Instagram.

But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. Then a shocking accident propels the Baxters from an unsettling situation into an absolute nightmare. 

When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds ahead of their pursuers.

Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even though they don’t trust her, the harsh bushland is filled with danger, and the locals want her dead.

Heather has been underestimated her entire life, but she knows that only she can bring her family home again and become the mother the children desperately need, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.

SOON TO BE A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES

“Gripping and unpredictable. No one does high-stakes tension like McKinty . . . Prepare to be hooked.”—Sarah Pearse

“McKinty has written another irresistible and pulse-pounding thriller about the surprising places evil hides and just how far we’ll go for those we love.”—Karin Slaughter

©2022 Adrian McKinty (P)2022 Little, Brown & Company

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Love McKinty, but ....

The narrator made this unbearable and the teen age kids and the ditzy friend or sister of the main character was all too much for me. Couldn't finish, got my credit back. Won't give up on McKinty but this was a miss for me.

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Boring

The last hour was good but I almost didn’t get there. The storyline had so much potential but just fell flat. They just move from place to place on the island doing the same things from chapter to chapter. And I know many reviewers have already mentioned this, but what was up with the sound effects? They seemed so random and juvenile. I’m glad I got through it but also glad it’s over.

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So very disappointing!

I am a fan of Adrian McKinty's writing. This book was so unbearable, I couldn't believe he wrote it. The narrator's weak and whiney voice only made it all the more painful.

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Love Adrian McKinty

I have read all of McKinty’s books and I think he is one of the best thriller writers around. The Island is no exception. I prefer his stories set in Northern Ireland but this had an interesting blend of what seemed to be an old Irish clan and one families struggle to survive. The tension slowly builds and then keeps up nonstop until the end of the story. Because of this I read the book in a day and a half. If you are looking for a new thriller that has an interesting blend this is the book for you. We

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McKinty, Australia, excellent!!!

A family at the mercy of an isolated Ivan Milat-like murderous family in Australia must get down and dirty to survive. Waited so long for this latest by the thinking person’s thriller author and my hands-down favorite, Adrian McKinty. Finished in a day, couldn’t put it down. Worth the wait. Gripping and beautifully written throughout. So the wait begins for the next one. . .

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Terrible narration

I could not finish this book. The narrators Australian accent was so awful that it made the book unlistenable.

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Love Adrian McKinty!

Although I miss Sean Duffy from McKinty's Belfast Noir books, I like most everything McKinty writes. This book is no exception. It induced heart racing throughout, especially when the sounds of gunshots were incorporated into the narration! Welcome back, Mr. McKinty.

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Uneven thriller

This story is difficult to rate. It started out not good. In the middle, eye rolling. At the end, enjoyable. Perhaps because I enjoyed “The Chain” to an extent that I expected a similarly strong story.

The story revolves around the newly married Heather and Tom Baxter who take his children on a working vacation in Australia. The family ends up changing plans and staying in a remote Dutch island. Tom is involved in an accident which propels the family into a “Deliverance” situation with a disturbing clan. The Baxter’s find themselves fearful for their lives. Tom becomes separated from Heather and his two children, and it becomes Heather’s job to bring the children home to safety.

Of course, the children don’t like Heather. Plus, the daughter is a teen with attitude. Heather has her hands full in controlling the recalcitrant children while simultaneously fighting off a crazy clan. In thrillers there are always unbelievable moments. It’s what makes them “thrillers”. However, I need to not care about and enjoy the parts that are difficult to believe. In this story, I generally rolled my eyes. Saying that, the last tenth of the story becomes a thriller in which I enjoyed the inconceivable situations.

Apparently this will soon be a HULU series. Depending upon the script writer, it could work. I won’t be eagerly awaiting.

I listened to the audible production, narrated by Mela Lee. The audio had sound effects that added to the atmospheric feel. I enjoyed that, and I hope other novels follow in suit. Lee did a fabulous job.

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A Huge Success

This is the best McKinty book yet. I still miss the Ireland books. However this story is well told with tension that raised my blood pressure more on every page. And just when you think you have all the facts another surprising twist claws it's way into the book. A must read for thriller fans.

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Another hit for McKinty, spot-on narration

I’ve got every available audiobook by this author and love them all. My favorites are the Duffy and Forsythe series, but the stand-alones, including The Island, are all page-turners. Everything by this consistently great writer is highly recommended. And kudos to narrator Mela Lee!

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