The Castaways – Lucy Clarke

Link to book – The Castaways by Lucy Clarke.

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars

It’s a real mixed review with The Castaways, because some parts of it I absolutely loved yet others left things to be desired…

Starting with the characters, it wasn’t that I disliked Lori and Erin, they were well written characters, there was just something off about them and I found them a little bit irritating, they were okay, not terrible, but not brilliant. That being said, the idea of having the two characters and the split POV was excellent and very well done.

However, that split POV did ruin the atmosphere somewhat. Every time we got the point where something was happening or the tension was built the POV changed and it just really disappointed me.

But back to the things that I super enjoyed!

The writing! It was so well done and despite my misgivings about the characters and the atmosphere the writing absolutely carried this book. The author crafted this incredible story that you couldn’t help but get wrapped up in.

The same for the plot, it was different and refreshing. And I absolutely did NOT see the ending coming at all! I loved the way that the author could have gone down a more traditional route with some aspects but they just managed to surprise us at every turn of the page.

Plus, plane crashes are something I’m a bit nerdy for so to read a book literally based on one was just brilliant.

And the entire thing was just incredibly intriguing. Which is definitely where the split POV came into it’s own. Usually I get annoyed with constant switching (unless it’s a romance book ovbs) so for me to enjoy the split POV was a big thing for me, I felt it really helped us to build the story for Lori and Erin and how they both were experiencing the event.

I’m not sure if entertaining is also the right word to use for this book, but it definitely did entertain me! Perhaps not something that I would read again, but one I’m glad I read.

Until next time, Em xxx

📚Books I’ve added to my to buy shelf recently📚

Hello bookworms and friends, I recently asked on Twitter for people to recommend me their favourite book of the year so far, and then I combined that with posts I’ve saved from blogs I follow to create this list of books that I have added to my to buy shelf!

Kololo Hill by Neema Shah – synopsis here.

Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher – synopsis here.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley – synopsis here.

Crown of Bones by A K Wilder – synopsis here.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert – synopsis here.

Verity by Colleen Hoover – synopsis here.

Deity by Matt Wesolowski – synopsis here.

The Split by Laura Kay – synopsis here.

The Nothing Man by Cathrine Ryan Howard – synopsis here.

Black Coral by Andrew Mayne – synopsis here.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward – synopsis here.

The Castaways by Lucy Clarke – synopsis here.

Another Life by Jodie Chapman – synopsis here.

Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner – synopsis here.

The Lost Hours by Susan Lewis – synopsis here.

The Open House by Sam Carrington – synopsis here.

When I finished adding these to my “to buy” shelf on Goodreads, I also got rid of some that no longer interested me! Leaving me with a total of: 120 books that I want to read and 33 books that I need to purchase/lend from the library to read.

I honestly don’t know if I will ever stop adding books to my TBR (probs not) so I imagine I will be updating this list as time goes on!

Be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of these books and if you’d recommend them and if you’ve reviewed them.

Until next time, Em xxx