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Reckless Girls: A Novel Hardcover – January 4, 2022
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"A literary pina colada." –-EW
"A high-octane thriller." ––New York Times Book Review (Staff Pick)
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.
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"It started as a romantic idyll. It ended with a stack of corpses. In "Reckless Girls," a vacation on a remote atoll in the South Pacific goes very, very wrong...the ending feels like that great moment in “Body Heat” when the camera swoops down to reveal the identity of the last person standing at the end of all the mayhem. Who will it be?" ––The New York Times
"A literary piña colada…Hawkins merges pitch-black comedy and wicked, gasp-inducing thrills, surprising at every turn as she uses the genre to comment on vengeance and femininity…Irresistible." ––Entertainment Weekly
"This diabolically plotted nail-biter makes for dangerously addictive reading." ––Publishers Weekly
"Hawkins twists revenge, madness, and an increasingly menacing setting into a cleverly plotted nightmare in paradise. A must-read for fans of Ruth Ware." ––Booklist (starred)
"Evocative prose and a palpably foreboding atmosphere complement Lux’s present-tense narration, which Hawkins studs with flashbacks exposing the secrets, lies, and betrayals that brought each character to this point. Danger and interpersonal drama abound, with a slew of outrageous twists adding to the fun. A soapy, claustrophobic page-turner." ––Kirkus
"With a gothic sense of foreboding and plenty of dark secrets...the plot builds to an explosive conclusion. Hawkins uses the tensions among her young, beautiful characters to take a look at the intersections of class and gender, but there are no innocent people in this treacherous paradise. Fans of the film The Beach and television's Lost will be enthralled." ––Shelf Awareness
"After reinventing Jane Eyre in The Wife Upstairs, Rachel Hawkins is giving Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None a modern twist in Reckless Girls." ––PopSugar
"This fun and exciting tale of suspense that happens to be both topical and tropical...Hawkins keeps the fun, engaging writing style of The Wife Upstairs, but gives readers a totally different experience with Reckless Girls―a darker tone with higher stakes, more tension, and much edgier characters." ––The Nerd Daily
"Hawkins cleverly doles out the clues...Reckless Girls again proves her talent for frightening adult novels." ––Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Like its seductive island setting, Rachel Hawkins’ sharp and feral Reckless Girls is a shimmering mirage of a novel that tantalizes from page one. Perfectly crafted and compulsively readable, each twist in this gripping tale of trust and survival is a gift just waiting to be unwrapped." ––Katherine St. John, author of The Lion's Den
"Sharp and taut with a slow burning tension that builds into an inferno, Reckless Girls takes the reader to remote Meroe Island. Beautiful, desolate, and sinister, six friends must grapple with secrets uncovered, guilt and grief, and a desperate fight to survive. Reckless Girls is a thriller worth staying up all night to finish." ––Julie Clark, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Last Flight
"When six adventurous twenty-somethings set sail for a South Pacific Island in Rachel Hawkins’ un-put-downable new thriller, you might wish you were on board with them. That is, until the secrets they’ve packed expose themselves, the island turns menacing, and it suddenly becomes clear there’s a killer in paradise. Forget an early night. As the body count mounts in this fresh and riveting take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, you’ll tear breathlessly through the pages and won’t stop until you reach the stunning, jaw-dropping conclusion, one that makes you ask, 'Can anyone ever be trusted?'" ––Kate White, New York Times bestselling author of The Fiancée
Praise for The Wife Upstairs:
"Compulsively readable...a gothic thriller laced with arsenic." ––EW
"A Southern Gothic twist on Jane Eyre that’s full of suspense, twists and turns...the story of this twisted love triangle will have you on the edge of your seat all the way until the end." ––CNN
"A delightfully surprising and suspenseful twist on Jane Eyre." ––Newsweek
"Consider us enthralled." ––The Skimm
"A clever page-turner...this modern Gothic novel proves that creaky houses that harbor big secrets never go out of style." ––Oprahmag.com
"A delicious thriller that you'll likely want to read in a single sitting." ––TimeOut
"A thrilling, suspenseful tale of will-they-or-won't-they that will keep you on the edge." ––Woman’s Day
"Read to find out whether either of them can ever escape their secrets, or if their forbidden tryst is doomed to failure." ––Good Housekeeping
About the Author
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First Edition (January 4, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250274257
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250274250
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.56 x 1.26 x 9.43 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2022
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The premise starts off good with a creepy, deserted-island setting (probably the book's strongest point). Unfortunately, the setting does not inhabit the story as it might have done. That's because the "character" that is the island is quickly overshadowed by a group of unlikeable actual characters committing a series of ill-explained acts. In most cases, said acts are supposedly motivated by a host of rather tiresome backstories, inserted throughout, that the reader has to slog through and still comes out with no better understanding of the characters. By the end, there's not a moral compass among them. Maybe as in other stories like "The Lord of the Flies," we are supposed to come away thinking that the island changed the characters on some fundamental level, but that's not believable here. (Common themes you might expect in a deserted-island story, like fears over dwindling food or water, never exist here -- at one point, one of the characters actually suggests that a "ration" would be to have the group drink only two bottles of wine a night among them, instead of five.) Instead, we are left with a bunch of people who fall neatly into one of two classifications: "Filthy rich and entitled" or "Grew up poor and entitled," with no middle ground. And I found the ending completely bewildering.
I gave it three stars because it whiled away a lazy Sunday afternoon, which is really all I was looking for.
explain their ulterior motives and nefarious deeds, but the focus is more on plot than actual character development. A quick read.
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Lux and her boyfriend Nico are currently in Hawaii after setting sail on a trip they’ve been dreaming of. Yet Nico’s boat is in need of repairs and he doesn’t have the funds to fix it. Then two college students, Brittany and Amma, hire Nico to sail them to the remote Meroe Island. He uses their fee to fix the boat and Lux accompanies them. After all, there’s no way she’s about to let Nico sail off with two attractive women!
Meroe is a tropical paradise though there’s no fresh water and it has a dark history of shipwrecks and murder. When they arrive they are surprised to find another boat, a luxurious catamaran, anchored in the natural harbour. It is owned by the wealthy Jake and Eliza Kelly. The group swim, drink, flirt, and explore. Various things happen, which I won’t go into to avoid spoilers.
In flashback chapters we learn more about the characters’ backstories and of course being a psychological thriller, everyone has secrets and there are plenty of shocks and twisty twists before the final page.
Yes, ‘Reckless Girls’ is a bit bonkers in places though that suits this kind of escapist thriller. Pour a fancy cocktail and settle down for some mayhem on a tropical not-so-much paradise.
the synopsis of this book immediately hooked me. i was super excited to read it. i read the book in a day. mostly because i was so excited for this ~mystery island~ i was promised but didn’t get. i kept waiting for it to get good which never happened. there was nothing spooking or mildly interesting about the plot. it only got “good” at 90% in. not worth your time or money. i cannot stress that enough
i had a hard time connecting with any of the characters. while i do understand the need for flashbacks, surely they could have been vastly reduced as most of them were unnecessary to the story and rather boring. they took up a lot of the plot.
i didnt like Lux. i felt for her after nico cheated, then she went and did the same thing to eliza? not cool.
i also couldn’t tell if amma and brittney were dating. I thought they were a couple the entire time. It wasn’t until lux & brittney talked about amma cheating I realized amma was just a friend to brittany.
also what a horrible epilogue. did i miss something? who the heck is caroline and tanner? i don’t understand what happened to lux after that ending. i don’t like finishing a book not understanding what happened