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?
I want to start by saying that I didn’t enjoy this book. For me, it wasn’t gripping or clever enough as a thriller to really stand out in a genre that’s so saturated. That’s not to say this book was rubbish, it just didn’t work for me. Let me explain why…
In Agatha Christie-style, 7 people are whisked off to an island where their purpose is to test new and exciting tech items. In a regular thriller way, this isn’t the only reason they’re there. Slowly, the group’s deepest darkest secrets are revealed through trackers that are reading their brain whilst also, the group keeps getting smaller and smaller with people disappearing or being killed off.
Despite this sounding like an outlandish plot, it could have still been a fun read – I like the isolated island trope a lot normally! Unfortunately, this one felt too predictable for me, and I thought the characters were bland and lacking in redeemable features. As the story unravelled, it ended up being completely illogical with little payoff.
Thrillers are known for having conclusions that feel unrealistic, but they can often still have relatable elements or they’re so clever you don’t mind the fact it would never happen like that in real life. I was hoping for a more inspired ending that drew in the futuristic technology side of the story because this was an interesting part of the plot, but it mainly brushed over it, instead favouring the story of who was behind it all, which left me disappointed.
Maybe it’s because I’m an avid thriller fan, so I’m overly familiar with all the tropes this one included, but for me, this one was underwhelming and forgettable.
Edition Published: 2020
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.27