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The Cove by Alice Clark-Platts – Review

Genre: Thriller
Published: May 2022
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 262
My Rating:
🦋🦋🦋.5/5

‘Yes, a storm’s definitely on the way,’ she says. ‘I can feel it in the air.’


Going away for an island holiday always sounds like a great idea. But what happens when you get there and everything starts going wrong. This is what happens when two couples go away with their families to Turtle Cove. A luxury resort on a beautiful island. The couples haven’t been friends for too long and tension starts brewing. Cracks begin to appear, strange things start happening and the island is not this paradise they thought it would be. As each character’s true personality becomes more evident and secrets start to surface, this dream of a holiday becomes a nightmare.

Lou, is mother of two with a four month old who doesn’t want to sleep. All she wants to do is relax and enjoy to enjoy her holiday, but the anxiety and stress just makes her feel like she’s a bad mom. Her husband is absolutely useless and their relationship is strained. So of course she self-medicates with alcohol and pills. I didn’t mind Emily too much, but of course she had her flaws as did every other character, but she had some redeeming qualities.

I didn’t feel a strong connection to the characters and none of them were particularly likable, but enjoyed the way the story played out and the twists that were revealed. 

The story is told from each character’s perspective. We learn about how each of them feels about one another and get insight into the relationships between each character and what connects them.

Overall, it was a nice quick read, with a slow build up until the twists close to the end. 


Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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