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The Castaways

by Lucy Clarke

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Family Drama Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Castaways

Oh my word, as I sank into the pages of this brilliantly addictive psychological thriller I actually forgot that I was reviewing and just read for pure pleasure. Sisters Lori and Erin are travelling to a remote part of Fiji for a holiday, after an argument before the final inter-island flight, only one leaves on the small plane, which then goes missing.

Lucy Clarke takes psychological thrillers to a whole new level. I adored You Let Me In, and The Castaways now ensures she is a must-read author for me. Set in two time frames, as the story progresses ‘Then’ inches, then hurtles towards ‘Now’. Each change in time frame felt like a hammer blow before I was immediately gathered up in the story again.

The most exquisite tension builds and thrums with increasing intensity. The release of information is so clever, almost teasing, and I balanced on a razor sharp wire of awareness. I felt a deep connection with the sisters, their relationship was wonderfully complex yet tangible. If you love intelligent, yet hugely entertaining psychological thrillers, then put this to the top of your list.

Chosen as a LoveReading Star Book, The Castaways really is the most compulsive, enthralling and beautifully written tale, it’s a 2021 sure-fire winner.

The LoveReading LitFest invited Lucy Clarke to the festival to talk about The Castaways.

You can view the event by subscribing to the LitFest programme for as little as £6 per month - or you can pay per view. For just £2, go, see Lucy in conversation with Paul Blezard and watch them talking all about this absolute belter of a psychological thriller. You won't be disappointed!


Check out a preview of the event here



Liz Robinson

The Castaways Synopsis


It should be like any other holiday.

Beautiful beaches.

Golden sunsets.

Nothing for miles.

Instead there's a group of perfect strangers. All alone on an island - with secrets they'd kill to keep...

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The Castaways Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Couldn’t put it down. Wasn’t what I was expecting from the teaser on the front cover at all, but I really enjoyed it. Full review

Amanda O’Dwyer

A gripping, tense thriller. Full review

Cheryl Watson

The Castaways by Lucy Clarke is not your typical desert island novel. So many twists and turns along the way. The main characters, sisters Lori and Erin are totally believable and their anguish makes you want to keep reading in the hope it will all end harmoniously. Brilliant novel, thoroughly recommend! Full review

Glenda Worth

A clever and twisty psychological thriller that will keep you glued to every page. Full review

Lorraine Blencoe

Best book I have read in a long time. Unpredictable. Highly recommended! Full review

Nicola Cooper

A tense, spine tingling thriller full of secrets surrounding a group of plane crash survivors and a final explosive twist that readers will never see coming. Full review

Adrienne Kinsella

An absorbing read from the start full of twists and intrigue. Full review

nicola telling

The Castaways Press 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

'THE CASTAWAYS had me hanging onto every word . . . Packed full of intrigue and beautifully imagined characters, it has to be on everyone's reading list this summer' Heidi Perks

'A tense, unnerving and emotional psychological thriller about the bond between sisters' C L Taylor

'This deft thriller is as emotionally intelligent on the complex dynamic between sisters as it is compulsive. I stayed up way too late to finish it' Kate Riordan

'THE CASTAWAYS is a brilliantly tense and evocative mystery - lushly written, and as tender as it is twisty . . . It's the perfect holiday read' Emylia Hall

'Clarke's set-up in THE CASTAWAYS is to die for. This is pure, indulgent summer escapism . . . If you like your sunshine thrillers with a heart of darkness, this is for you' Emma Stonex

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ISBN: 9780008334123
Publication date: 18/03/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008334123
Publication date: 18th March 2021
Author: Lucy Clarke
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Lucy Clarke

Novelist, traveller and fresh air enthusiast, Lucy Clarke is the author of four novels, including the Richard & Judy Book Club pick, THE SEA SISTERS. Lucy is married to a professional windsurfer and, together with their two young children, they spend their winters travelling and their summers at home on the south coast of England. Lucy writes from a beach hut. 

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