From Publishers Weekly
Set during spring break on the Caribbean island of Artula, Perrin's intriguing if flawed romantic thriller centers on the hunt for college student Ashley Hamilton, who disappears after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan Sinclair, and meeting Jason Shear, a New York editor who's researching a story on human trafficking. Jason's sister disappeared on Artula in 1987, and he's learned 19 women have gone missing on the resort island in the last seven years. Jason joins forces with Ashley's friend, Chantelle Higgins, to investigate, while the local authorities remain surprisingly indifferent. After Ashley's family arrives, the stakes rise with the murder of someone with information he wanted to share with Chantelle. Essence
bestseller Perrin (We'll Never Tell
) succeeds in building a mood of nail-biting suspense, but toward the end the plot takes some dubious twists before rushing to a less than convincing resolution. (Mar.)
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Three best friends, Chantelle, Erica, and Ashley, are excited about their island spring break. They leave their college outside of Philadelphia for the all-inclusive resort, where they enjoy sun and partying until Ashley has a falling out with her boyfriend. To cheer her up, Chantelle suggests going to an island bar, which is when everything starts to go wrong. Beautiful blond Ashley hooks up with a stranger and fails to return. Chantelle calls the police, who give her the brush-off. Layers of friendship and resort conviviality start to peel away as the search goes on, revealing secrets of the island and the girls’ personal lives. Drawing on real-life tragedies, Perrin creates an unforgettable and chilling tale of the seamy side of an island paradise. --Patty Engelmann