Page Count 400
Publication date March 2020
Publisher Harper Collins
A SECRET BEACH.
A HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME.
WISH YOU WERE HERE?
It should be like any other holiday.
Nothing for miles.
You’ll never want to leave.
Until you can’t…
When Erin has an argument with older sister Lori, she walks away and leaves her alone on a flight to Fiji with seven strangers. But the plane vanishes.
From the off I was desperate to know the answer. How does an entire plane vanish with no trace, no black box, no bodies, nothing. The best mysteries are the ones you really cannot conceive of an answer to.
The Castaways is split between the two sisters POVs, Lori in past tense, third person perspective before her disappearance and Erin in first person, present tense afterward.
The relationship between the sisters was very well written, the love, the judgement, the bickering.. Both the character’s backstories were realistic, making their heartbreak resonate.
I didn’t care much for the captain or the few other characters we meet along the way. I was drawn in by Erin’s desperation to find Lori thus the sisters were my only interest – This was just as well since there were some silly reveals for Felix and Daniel that I felt unnecessary and a little gimmicky.
The side characters had no real depth or personality.
I can’t say too much without giving up the mystery behind Lori’s disappearance but once you find out you’ll spot enormous plot holes in The Castaways. I also felt the blurb was completely misleading, so much so that as I formatted this review I had to check twice that I hadn’t confused it with a different title!
Come for the mystery but stay for the sisters, a heartfelt, if shallow, read.