I’m a huge Susi Holliday fan and was delighted to be offered the chance to read The Last Resort as part of the Amazon First Reads programme.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One perfect crime.
When Amelia is invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat on a private island, the mysterious offer is too good to refuse. Along with six other strangers, she’s told they’re here to test a brand-new product for Timeo Technologies. But the guests’ excitement soon turns to terror when the real reason for their summons becomes clear.
Each guest has a guilty secret. And when they’re all forced to wear a memory-tracking device that reveals their dark and shameful deeds to their fellow guests, there’s no hiding from the past. This is no luxury retreat—it’s a trap they can’t get out of.
As the clock counts down to the lavish end-of-day party they’ve been promised, injuries and in-fighting split the group. But with no escape from the island—or the other guests’ most shocking secrets—Amelia begins to suspect that her only hope for survival is to be the last one standing. Can she confront her own dark past to uncover the truth—before it’s too late to get out?
Thank goodness lockdown prevented me going on a luxurious island holiday this year! Susi Holliday has done it again; she totally freaked me out and left me hiding under the blankets, yet unable to resist the lure of peeking out for just one more chapter!
Think Agatha Christie with a futuristic twist; this is one where you better just sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride! For me the terrifying thing was that the futuristic technology didn’t actually seem that unbelievable. Imagine someone being able to tap into your thoughts and your memories and use them to manipulate you, and a group of strangers on a secluded island. Imagine thinking you had been chosen to sample a luxurious retreat only for your soul to be laid bare amongst strangers who don’t think twice about turning on you.
The whole ticking clock element of this book added to the tension; a bunch of characters with questionable backgrounds and dubious secrets all clamoured to me as a reader to believe them, yet I couldn’t even trust any of them. This is one of those books where it is difficult to talk about the plot without giving anything away!
You need to suspend your disbelief and just settle in and enjoy the story. As the truth emerges and we find out why Amelia has been chosen I found myself totally fascinated by the back story and really wanted to know more about this, please Susi, write this book also!
The Last Resort is a suspenseful, nail-biting mystery that prodded around inside of my head and stayed there long after I’d turned the last page!
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