By Rachel Hawkins
An Atmospheric and Tension-filled Drama
Meroe Island is a beautiful deserted island. But it is also an eerie spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a mysterious history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and rumors of murder.
Lux McAllister and her boyfriend Nico Johannsen have agreed to take two adventure-seeking passengers, Brittany and Amma, both twenty-two, to the island aboard their boat, The Susannah. The three-day voyage is somewhat harrowing when a storm threatens to sweep one of them off the sailboat. Once The Susannah arrives, they are disappointed to find a luxury catamaran already anchored on the island. However, the four newcomers instantly bond with the wealthy couple Jake and Eliza, who are more than willing to share their food, alcohol, and boat with the others. The six enjoy exploring the island and sharing meals and drinks on the beach or the boat.
But when a seventh visitor arrives on the haunted island, the spell is broken, and tensions mount. When one person goes missing, and another turns up dead, the remaining friends wonder if they will ever make it off the island alive.
RECKLESS GIRLS is an atmospheric and tension-filled drama that may keep you on the edge of your seat. Like the mysterious island, the characters are not what or who they appear to be.
The protagonist and narrator, Lux, is a believable twenty-something who is just trying to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. When she meets Nico, his dreams of sailing around the world become her dreams. Author Rachel Hawkins creates an intriguing mystery with the relationship between Brittney and Amma. There is something strange with these two, but it's hard to figure out exactly what it is.
A Sir Walter Scott's quote, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, went first we practice to deceive!" comes to mind when I think about the lies, secrets, and betrayals of these reckless girls. Some startling and strange twists pepper this sinister plot.
The narrator for the audiobook, Barrie Kreinik, was able to expertly shift between multiple accents and evoke the mysterious and foreboding nature of the island for listeners.
Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillian Audio for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Macmillian Audio
Published January 4, 2022
Narrated Barrie Kreinik