Drama, Mystery

Body on the Island by Victoria Dowd

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I had not read the first of the series, and I think it is a requirement for understanding the dynamics of this motley crowd. We start off with the leading lady trying to convince her mother to go on a survival trip. The proposal did not seem appetizing to me as the reader as well! Ursula wants to bond with her mother, and given the sampling of their relationship I had in the first few pages was enough for me to know that this was a completely wrong idea. Little did they know it was going to go wrong even further. ( we know since the prologue indicates it).
The banter is not light nor cheery. Most of the characters are in each other’s bad books, and this means they snipe at each other using intelligently thought out remarks which are not favourable from any angle. It was entertaining in parts, but I got tired of all the ill-will and was straining for a semblance of familial sympathy. There were short instances of this as well, but not as many as I would have liked. The plot brought up my feelings towards the book again. We have a marooned party, and the people seemed to be dying out one by one.
The reasoning for it all seemed a little far-fetched, but as I did not see the twist coming, it worked. The writing was different and well-done and given a chance, I might pick up the next one. The hints definitely made me curious about the first in the series!
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers; the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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