The Castaways by Lucy Clarke (2021) Review

When an accident happens, more than one life is changed forever. The Castaways is as much a survival story as it is a tense, unputdownable thriller.

The Castaways is told through the perspective of two sisters: Lori and Erin. They are extremely close, and hang on to each other through everything in life. Lori’s life is shattered when she finds out her husband is leaving her for his pregnant girlfriend and decides to treat herself to a birthday getaway. She asks Erin to go with her to Fiji, all expenses paid as she feels she needs her sister for the emotional support.

The night before their flight leaves for their final destination, the sisters have a fight. Erin misses the flight and as regret sets in she sees the news that the plane she was supposed to be in, the plane her sister took, has vanished without a trace.

The book alternates between the sisters and let us know the impact this accident had on both. Erin never gave up looking for her sister, her narrative takes us on her search for her sister 2 years after the accident. Lori’s POV is set right after the accident, and through her, we find out exactly what happened to all 7 people who boarded that flight.

This book’s pacing was amazing and I really appreciate Clarke’s choice of focusing on the emotional consequences of the accident to Erin and Lori, and through them get a glimpse of the overall picture and other people involved. I feel, this book would have lost a lot of its strength if we had had more PoV’s. This choice allowed Clarke to take us on a gripping and beautifully written story of how in the sight of adversity, we are responsible for our choices and their consequences. She also makes a wonderful job in sharing with us how powerful bonds can shape us and give us hope and strength when we feel like giving up.

I adored this book and really think this is “Lost” done right.

Thank you, Harper Collins, Lucy Clarke and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of “The Castaways” in exchange for an honest review.

Enjoyability     8

Characters       10

Ambience        10

Fairness          10

Plot                  8

Execution        10

My total rating: 4.66

Review for this book is mentioned in this video: https://youtu.be/WixTJ_WPyuY

Trigger Warning: Infidelity, Infertility

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