by Emily Bleeker
Genuinely enjoyed this book, was not the best book but I found myself pretty hooked and got through it quickly. This book has fantastic, almost unbeatable drama which was what made this book fun but at times was a bit too much for my taste. The story was certainly original and jumped back and forth in time but was still easy to follow. The writing and story construction was, I would say, above average.
The story is essentially about a plane crash and how these handful of survivors learn to adapt to living on a deserted island. The main character, Lillian, is being interviewed by a famous reporter for a final tell all about the events that occurred while she lived on this island. The story is written in the time of the interview and when the events of the crash occurred. Again, beautifully constructed story that evokes suspense rather than confusion.
The main issue with the novel which maybe my favorite aspect to any book is character development. Especially a book where we have characters going through something as traumatic as a plane crash and surviving on a island with strange men. I felt the characters were the same from start to end which is just very unconvincing. I found myself waiting for that character change to happen but it just did not. The story was there, drama was there, the originality was there but complexity of the characters was not. It was almost a shame to lack such an important aspect but I would still recommend this read to anyone.
Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.
The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.
In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.