by Sara Brooke
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Pub Date 07 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2021
Crossroad Press, Macabre Ink
It is an island paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
After years of preparation, Derth Island is finally ready for its first weekend guests.
But something isn’t right on this small island. For starters, there are rumors about a witch who once lived on the land and cursed the sands after her lover betrayed her.
And then, there’s the island’s northern woods—dark and dense—easy to get lost in.
Sometimes there are screams coming from the darkness ...
For three unsuspecting couples, a fun weekend getaway on Derth Island turns into a nightmare.
There’s nowhere to run ... nowhere to hide ...
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Average rating from 14 members
An island paradise rented at $600 per night. No locals want to work there due to them believing the island is haunted.
Three couples who are friends have rented the island. None of them are happy in their marriages and are on this trip to try to right some wrongs and reveal some secrets. No one seems to really care that much for the others so it's hard to like any of the main characters. Things start to go wrong the first night on the island.
Annelaise was a priestess who lived on Derth Island years ago. She used magic to hurt anyone who defied her including her cheating lover. She murdered many people and then was killed and burned by the islanders. Afraid that the island was defiled from all of the killing, the island people fled the island. She is still on the island and doesn't like having the others there or maybe in her own way she's glad because she has someone to murder. The ending was okay but nothing new for the horror genre. It could have been better.
All in all, not the best book I've ever read and not the worst either. 3.5 stars. It would have been higher if the main characters would not have all been annoying people.
In order to reignite the love and passion in their relationships, three couples plan a full weekend getaway to a private remote island. Uninhabited for 20 years, Derth Island has now been fully staffed and consists of cabins, dining areas and beach bars. As the guests arrive and personnel is in full swing, a dark ancient existence has been slowly awaken from its island slumber.
Author Sara Brooke offers an exclusive invitation to visit...The Island. From the eerie northern woods to the distant blood-curdling shrieks, Sara builds an unearthly atmosphere guaranteed to shake the reader to the core. Its defiled land awaits the opportunities to seek morbid retribution on both guilty and innocent trespassers. Combining fear, superstition and jump scares, Sara Brooke’s impressive ability to conjure up numerous “creepy-as-heck” moments is a testament to her writing skills.
The conception of a diverse group of people trapped within a confined area has always been frightfully appealing to me. Add a mass of evil energy lurking behind every corner and you have an effective form of horror sure to please.
Published by Crossroad Press and coming in at just under 200 pages, late night reading sessions should be expected for the reader. The cover artwork is spectacular and a good representation of what should be expected. Overall a great visual package.
A scorned paranormal entity. An island at unrest. A cast of disposable heroes. No one is safe from The Island. Think of The Ruins meets The Grudge and you have a five star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Horror Bookworm Recommendation entitled The Island by Sara Brooke.
The writing was excellent. But what kept me from giving this 5 stars were the characters. I did not like any of the characters. Yes, they were flawed like most of us; but, I was rooting for the supernatural entity to knock them off one by one. But this was an fast and entertaining read.