- Genre: Thriller
Beautiful, wild, and strange—Meroe Island is a desolate spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a mysterious history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and even rumors of murder. It’s the perfect destination for the most adventurous traveler to escape everything… except the truth.
Six stunning twentysomethings are about to embark on a blissful, free-spirited journey—one filled with sun-drenched days and intoxicating nights. But as it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in, sending them on a dangerous spiral of discovery.
When one person goes missing and another turns up dead, the remaining friends wonder what dark currents lie beneath this impenetrable paradise—and who else will be swept under its secluded chaos. With its island gothic sensibility, sexy suspense, and spine-tingling reimagining of an Agatha Christie classic, Reckless Girls will wreck you.
No, it did not “wreck” me, but it was a solid thriller.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I was one of the few people who did not love The Wife Upstairs. It was a retelling of a much better book, and I could not overlook that. Despite those misgivings, when I saw that Hawkins was releasing a thriller that was not based on a book I loved, I decided to give her another shot. I’m so glad I did.
First of all, Hawkins does a magnificent job of building the tension between the six main characters. The character growth is also well done, which is essential for the twist at the end to work.
I’ll be reading Hawkins next thriller.