The Island by Heather Graham

Mira

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: January 3, 2007 - 384 Pages - ISBN: 0778324249 - Published By: Mira

 

The Island

by Heather Graham

On a weekend vacation with her brother and niece, Beth Anderson is unnerved when a stroll on the beach reveals what appears to be a skull, and instantly recalls the retired couple who disappeared off the island’s coast a few months earlier. As a stranger approaches, Beth panics and covers the evidence. But when she later returns to the beach, the skull is gone.

With only her niece as a witness, there is no proof of oul play for Beth to bring to the authorities. To her brother, the missing skull is just a good story to tell at an island bonfire and campout that night. The take is heard by an eagr group of vacationers – including charismatic Keith Henson, the stranger from the beach. Everyone dismisses the events as the product of an overactive imagination, but when Beth hears someone outside her tent, she instinctively knows her fears are justified.

Determined to find solid evidence to bring to the police, Beth digs deeper into the mystery of the skull – and everywhere she goes, Keith Henson seems to appear. He claims to be keeping an eye on her safety, but Beth senses other motives. Then a body washes ashore, and Beth begins to think she needs more help that she bargained for. Because investigating is a dangerous game, and someone wants to stop Beth from playing.

Review: Finished Friday, March 16th, 2007. Pretty good book! I thought the characters were pretty genuine, even the youngest. I felt a few sparks between Beth and Keith, but it could have been a bit better, I think. The setting was nice, I liked how Graham described everything from the island to the marina and club. I did have a hint/gut feeling on who the bad guy was, but there are twists in this book that made me wonder. Turns out I wasn’t wrong … but I wasn’t totally 100% right either, and I really liked that. I’d recommend this one as a good-time read.

Rating: .5

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