The Island by Mary Grand

The Island – where everyone knows everyone, and secrets are impossible to keep…

‘Be careful, you don’t know them as well as you think. Remember – anyone can kill.’

Juliet has returned to the Isle of Wight from years abroad to visit her sick father and to be reunited with her three sisters – Cassie, a professional musician who seems to have lost her way in life, Mira, who is profoundly deaf, is married to the local vicar but their relationship is falling apart, and Rosalind, glamorous and charming but now deeply unhappy and secretive about her life. 

As Juliet’s father lies dying, he issues her with a warning. There is a killer on the loose, and they may be closer than she can ever imagine. He anxiously tells Juliet that he confided a family secret in son-in-law Rhys, and now regrets ever saying a word.

Days later, as the clock strikes one in the morning, a man comes out of Rhys’s church, walks along the path and is run down by a car driven by an unidentified person. When the finger of suspicion points to Juliet, she realises the only way to clear her name is to uncover the secrets her family has been keeping from her for years. But with a killer on the loose, danger is getting closer all the time…

The Island  is set on the Isle of Wight – insular,  claustrophobic, and where secrets are hard to keep. Mary Grand’s heart-stopping who-dunnits are perfect for fans of Louise Candlish. Agatha Christie and Lucy Foley.

My Thoughts


In this story we meet Juliet – a woman who is originally from the Isle Of Wight but has been teaching in China for several years. She makes the journey back to the Isle Of Wight as her father is desperately ill and is not expected to recover. When she arrives, she is reunited with her mother and sisters, and is given the opportunity to say goodbye to her father.

But Juliet’s last conversation with her dying father is confusing to say the very least, and he tells her several things that initially make very little sense at all. It quickly becomes apparent that her family are harbouring a lot of secrets, and things are certainly not what they seem on the surface. As Juliet tries to get to the bottom of all the lies and secrets that are surrounding her family, she find herself in a very dangerous situation that she must fight to get out of whilst she still can.

As soon as I began reading this story I found myself quickly becoming immersed in Juliet’s world and all of the drama that seems to surround it. Having to return to the place she calls home under such devastating circumstances is only the start of her ordeal, especially when her father reveals there is a killer on the island, but they have no idea who it is, or what their motives for carrying out these brutal murders are.

I found Juliet’s family intriguing, and became fully invested in uncovering the secrets they were hiding, as well as uncovering why they kept these hidden in the first place. Despite having my own suspicions as to what was being hidden, and who the killer may be, I found myself being taken on a journey full of deceit, endless twists and turn and an ending I simply did not anticipate at all!.

A gripping read that had the perfect level of suspense building throughout. Alongside a cast of complex characters and an utterly chilling storyline with twists and turns that have you on the edge of your seat, this book certainly has everything you could possibly want from a thriller.

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About the Author

Mary Grand is the author of five novels and writes gripping, page-turning suspense, with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight where her new novel, The House Party, which was published by Boldwood in August 2020, is set.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Mary Grand for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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