Waiting On Wednesday (170) @LadyHawkins @StMartinsPress

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Reckless Girls
Rachel Hawkins
St. Martin’s Press, January 2022
Mystery, Gothic Suspense, Thriller

From the publisher—


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.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? This seems to have elements I really appreciate in a mystery, from the eeriness of the island’s past and present to the locked room aspect, kind of like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Also, I have an affinity for island settings since I live on one (although I can easily get off of it). Publisher’s Weekly calls it “diabolically plotted”, just the kind of mind bender I relish, and this synopsis also reminds me of And the Sea Will Tell, one of the most fascinating true crime stories I’ve ever read. I think I’m already in booklove 😄.