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Summary

A Waterstones Thriller of the Month selection and the Sunday Times best seller

A secret beach.

A holiday of a lifetime.

Wish you were here?

Think again....

You wake on a beautiful, remote island.

Sparkling blue seas, golden sunsets, barely a footprint in the sand.

Yet this is no ordinary escape. 

Next to the wreck of a plane, a stranger paces. Another sharpens a knife, scoring a list of the dead onto a palm tree. Others watch from the shadows of a campfire—all with untold stories and closely guarded secrets....

This is no ordinary holiday. 

This is no ordinary island. 

This is no ordinary book for the beach. 

Gripping, twisty and full of sun-soaked atmosphere, The Castaways will whisk you far away to the island—and never let you go. 

©2021 Lucy Clarke (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Beautifully-written, we’re tipping it as one of 2021’s best reads." (Marie Claire)

"Totally addictive, clever and atmospheric. It’s a rare thriller that melts your heart as well as it keeps you turning the pages, but Lucy Clarke has pulled it off." (Erin Kelly)

"Tense, unnerving and emotional." (C. L. Taylor)

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AN INCREDIBLE LISTEN!

This book will suck you in right from the start and keep you on your toes right until the last words.
Brilliantly written - I would be surprised if this isn’t turned into a movie! I enjoyed it so much I listened to it in 2 days.

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Fabulous

I absolutely love Lucy Clarke’s writing. Perfect for lockdown where we are stuck at home she has the ability to transport you to far flung destinations and make you feel like you can feel the sun beating down and the heat the insects in the background.
I wizzed through this gripped to find out what had happened.
Excellent as usual.

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Loved it!

Couldn’t stop listening, really engaging characters, fast-paced story, loved it! I have a sister and I loved that dynamic in the story and have got to say I loved the ending! Will definitely seek out more from this author for sure.

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Incredible until end

I loved it until the end.. I felt that the end could have gone better it was almost like she had this amazing story and didn’t know how to end it..
It’s a shame because if the ending had been different I would have said this was my favourite book.. it may me cry because I felt such a connection with the characters but I’m so disappointed by the end. It’s just not very believable with their relationship between the sisters

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better as a real book than audio

because you need to be able to skim through the overblown repetitive parts. chapter 65 is especially in need of a brutal edit and there’s one chapter in which a character puts her dress on... and then puts it in again a lime later. what are editors doing for their money these days, i often wonder

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Totally got lost in this story, totally gripping!

Relatable, thrilling, intense. I could picture every part of the story and felt like I was there! Brilliantly written and couldn't put it down! It would make a great film!

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good story disappointing ending

enjoyed this book but was disappointed with the ending it felt unreal. but i still would recommend to everyone

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I couldn't put this down!

The story was well laid out and didn't drag or feel too unbelievable for a fiction. I enjoyed the description of the island and it reminded me of the TV show Lost. It may be a disaster but there was something warming and nurturing also happening, with human bonds being a large part of the story. The narrators did a great job in bringing the sisters to life.

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Fine

This wasn’t what I expected so a bit let down. Fine overall. Less about a holiday gone wrong and more about family bonds and struggles

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The then and the now 😳😄😢

To discover a novel as adventurous as this pressed all the right buttons for me. I much prefer books about survival, about living in remote places, especially on islands. Whichever hemisphere they might be in. This book however tells the story from almost two different prospectives that eventually marry in a way that the reader might never have envisaged.

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