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- File Size : 3645 KB
- Print Length : 331 pages
- ASIN : B01CAUKF4I
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : February 26, 2016
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #135,228 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It took me a while to get into the story and warm up to the characters, but then I couldn't put this book down.
We get many disturbing topics, such as kidnapping, sexual abuse, murders. There are some on-page heart wrenching scenes. My heart broke for green-eyed Lee over and over again.
And Shaw, well I resented him for not standing up for Lee and helping him. He seemed so ruthless and cold.
This story isn't dark. Not really. At least it didn't feel dark to me. I've read many dark, twisted and also pitch black stories. Actually after reading this one I saw Lisa Henry wrote Stealing Innocents under the pen-name Cari Waites. And that book was really dark. I mean, as dark as it can get. So knowing how far this author can take us in the dark seas of imagination, The Island was bearable.
We get suspense and I'm glad the author surprised me here. Big time!
I'm pleased the bad guys (really bad guys) got what they deserved.
I simply adored Lee and Shaw. And I so needed an epilogue!!! The reason I'm not rating this with 5 full stars would be the fact that the ending wasn't exactly what I expected. Of course Lee needed time to heal, of course he needed therapy. I just feel like this took a lot of time, even if it was necessary, but we didn't get more of Lee and Shaw together. Maybe we'll get more of them in the future. A novella would be awesome.
Overall I really loved it and found myself re-reading some highlights. The writing really worked for me, so I'll be reading other books by this author.
Lisa Henry did a fantastic job telling this story. Even as tough as it was to read, it was well written and felt very real. I liked the way Shaw and Lee's relationship developed. And I definitely liked the ending. This isn't a book that I would go back to re-read. Too much of the horrific side of life. But I did enjoy it.
Aside from the danger of having the dogs he lies with turn on him at any time, there is Vornis's pet, a young man who was part of an American military team that was caught near Vornis's Columbian compound. Vornis is a sexual sadist who has kept the kid alive to torture, rape and break him. Shaw knows he is a hard man, possibly a monster, but there seems to be some limits he's having difficulties crossing... One is rape, even though Vornis loans him the pet and has the room rigged with cameras to make sure Shaw plays along. Shaw has had to deal with all kinds of horrific acts, and he knows the kid will probably end up dead, sooner rather than later. Can he risk trying to help save this one life? And at what cost?
Romance, you say? Well, it is, only a very dark, horrific one. Shaw and the prisoner, Lee, are the focus of this tale. It is extremely uncomfortable, their relationship, even though Shaw shows enough decency and conscience to not destroy all sympathy for him. Lee is drugged and abused, but has his lucid moments (his captor likes him aware at times to increase the entertainment factor), and sees something in Shaw that isn't there just because he is the only splinter of hope on the island.
I thought the author handled the violence and threat of violence well. It was horrific and suspenseful without being absolutely unrelenting and unredeeming. And there is the hope of escape and some sort of happy ending amidst the darkness. I also liked that there were no punches pulled in how bad humans can be, and how much having to deal with such people can turn any man (or group or agency or government) into something that mirrors what it most fights against. These and other elements give this story more weight than just being just a source of sick titillation.
I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone, but I have read it several times and found it well worth the time.
Top reviews from other countries
I’m keeping fairly tight-lipped from this point onward, as it’s virtually impossible to go into much more detail without completely ruining it for potential readers. As this is without question one of the most thrilling and frenetically-paced tales that I’ve read to date, with a s#!t ton of sickeningly dark and disturbing and truly painful to read at times scenes, not to mention a doozy of a plot twist that quite literally left me open-mouthed. Add to this, the sexy, slow-burn and understandably ever so slightly f’d up romance between our terrifically complex protagonists, and some equally fascinating but loathsome villainous types who I frequently fantasised would succumb to a particularly slow and painful death – not that Shaw didn’t deserve a swift kick in the nads for his continual inaction – and you’ve got yourself a must read book, with a surprisingly sweet and romantic and for the most part believable conclusion…but oh boy, prepare for much in the way of heartache and tears beforehand.
With a dark storyline, strong MC's (in more ways than one), believable and nasty baddies and a couple of somewhat dubious goodies, I seemed to finish this book really quickly. The synopsis explains all you need to know to see if this is for you. In all honesty I have read worse scenarios but this imaginative plot, with all its twists and turns and emotional angst was disturbing, but that's what made it good. Shaw had just the right mix of coldness and morality and it was very easy to root for Lee. If you enjoy reading this kind of genre you won't go far wrong as this has a bit of everything. Recommended.
This book is not easy to review without giving the story away so it's based on my feelings.
The book gripped hold of my attention from the first page I was intrigued by Shaw and wondered just how much of a bad ass he truly was. When Lee comes into the equation my mind went into overdrive! Lee is a sex toy used and tortured in ways you don't want to have to think about. your mind is telling you the best thing anyone could do for him is kill him quickly.
I can only be grateful that this author has a wonderful way of letting you know what is going on without actually writing down those horrific scenes, although I have no idea how she manages it!
I guess this is a dark read but it is also a read full of greed, crime, wealth, hope, trust, friendship and love!
What can the human body endure before it totally gives up and what price is acceptable for another to watch the torture, rape and pain another goes through?
This book was written with expertise, the twists and turns surprised, shocked and had me wondering how I hadn't seen them coming. I read this book in one sitting as there was no putting it down once I'd started!
I would highly recommend this book. Don't be put off by the fact it could be described as a dark, depressing read. The twists and turns will keep your heart pounding and take you on a journey that will play with your mind... But you will love this book! Download!!
There are some scenes of torture and cruelty, if you can deal with those, you will be rewarded with a story of hope, love, survival and the strength of the human spirit. For the price & quality of writing, you won't be disappointed.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book as the subject matter was clearly a little unsettling to say the least and I kept putting it off. I'd had it on my kindle for a while and I thought, right, just go for it! I'm so glad I did. The writing was excellent and you couldn't help but be drawn in. I won't spoil it by revealing the story in too much detail, but needless to say you had to finish it to see how the characters faired. Emotions leave you feeling a bit drained in this story and I couldn't stop thinking about it, but let's just also say I didn't get any housework done for 2 days! Loved it.