About the book
During a huge row, Gillian stands up to her abusive boyfriend. The consequences are horrendous and far-reaching.
Terrified, she flees her home, seeking anonymity abroad while coming to terms with the outcome of her actions.
In Portugal, Gillian meets Harry, a yachtsman, needing crew for his Atlantic Ocean-crossing. She applies for the job. Half-way into the journey, after confessing to her crime, Harry offers her refuge on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean which he says he owns.
Confused and depressed, Gillian imagines this is the answer to her problems. She needs time to lie low and consider her options; confront the authorities or live in obscurity? Harry is offering the perfect hiding place…or is he?
When things start going horribly wrong, she asks herself if she is alone on the island. But maybe the biggest question of all is why she gets the gut feeling Harry wants to keep her there at all costs?
What happens when she says … no.
Not read any of Faith Mortimer’s previous books – despite meaning too for ages. But I’m pleased I waited and started with this one – as what an introduction to her book’s this it.
Loathed Lawrence from the get go, which I’m sure was the intention so aim achieved there. Gillian is a without doubt a troubled soul and as the book develops I became enormously fond of her and enjoyed reading about her life in Paradise and the challenges she faces – picking up some helpful tips along the way should I ever find myself in a similar position (which is admittedly unlikely as I would never set foot on a yacht). The book has pace, drama and pretty of tension all that is needed for a great read.
I will not comment on the ending other than too say, it threw me completely and was completely unexpected as I had a whole different scenario in my head.
My thanks to Faith for the review copy and I wish her well for the release of Paradise Prison on 7th January.