Stranded – A Review by Kerrie

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Sarah Goodwin

Narrated by Esme Goodwin
Published September 16, 2021 by Avon Books UK
400 pages

Lord of the Flies meets Survivor…

Maddie lost everything when her parents died in a car crash. In her grief, she is unable to see a way forward. When an opportunity to leave civilization and live on a remote island suddenly crops up, she is determined to be chosen to participate.

Now she is one of a group of eight people chosen to live off the land on Buidseach Island as part of a reality show. They will be simulating the rebuilding society after an imaginary apocalypse. Each participant brings along a set of skills and a few tools, with the intent that they will work cooperatively to survive on the island for one year with no help from the outside. Each contestant is equipped with a body camera to record everything that happens and footage collected over the course of the year will be edited to create the show. Two members of the production company will be housed on the far end of the island with the understanding that the contestants will only make contact in the case of a grave emergency.

As the days progress into weeks, one of the other contestants, Duncan, takes on a leadership role in the group. As cliques begin to form, tension builds within the group until tempers flare, accusations are made and one member of the group is cast out.

Beginning eighteen months after the group arrives on the island, a haggard woman appears in an isolated fishing village asking for the police. From here, the book jumps back and forth between the groups experiences on the island and the aftermath.

Stranded had me hooked from the opening line and kept me engrossed until the end. The author did a great job of building tension and suspense. The characters are well-developed and the island is so well described that you can almost see it. Esme Sears was fantastic with the narration.

Too many psychological thrillers have naive female lead characters that behave in an unrealistic manner and move through the story doing one stupid thing after another. I love the fact that Sarah Goodwin gives us such a strong, smart female protagonist in Maddie.

Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced review copy.

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