Fiction - Suspense
320 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2016
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Author Biography

Sara Stamey—award-winning novelist, independent editor, and senior instructor of creative writing at Western Washington University—has returned to her Pacific Northwest roots after years of wanderlust. Her journeys include treasure hunting and teaching scuba in the Caribbean and Honduran islands; backpacking Greece, South America, New Zealand, and the Northwest; operating a nuclear reactor at Hanford; and owning a farm in Southern Chile. Now resettled in Bellingham, WA, she shares her Squalicum Creek back yard with wild creatures and her cats, dog, and very tall husband Thor.
Her new novel THE ARIADNE CONNECTION won the Cygnus Speculative Fiction Award, and her ISLANDS won the Chanticleer Paranormal Suspense Award. “A stomping, vivid ride.” (Statesman Journal)
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Islands by Sara Stamey is a romantic suspense story. Susan Dunne is an archaeologist who travels to a beautiful Caribbean island on a grant to study petroglyphs. She has a second agenda in mind, though; investigating the death of her brother the year before. After he died, presumed to be an accident, Susan received a letter from him, a letter that indicated something more sinister. The island is far from the Paradise that it appears to be at first glance. As Susan gets stuck into her investigation, she finds that she has to join forces with Vic Manden, the man who happens to be the main suspect in her brother’s death. Susan has to battle against her own misgivings, restive natives, and spooky goings-on, and that’s not to mention her psychic visions. Will Susan find out what happened to her brother? Is she in deeper than she can handle?

Islands by Sara Stamey is a gripping read. There was quite a bit of scene setting in the early parts of the book and I thought it was going to be slow going. But, all of a sudden, we are off and running on a romping adventure, an adventure full of action, lots of spooky happenings and a little bit of romance. This is a proper page-turner, a book that, when it grabbed, held on for dear life, not letting go until the exciting ending. Ms. Stamey has a real flair for writing, clearly knows how to research the background for a book, and knows how to draw a reader in and hold onto them. The character development was done in such a way that you truly felt you knew the main characters inside out and could identify with them throughout the story. This is an excellent read, ideal for fans of true thrillers and suspense stories – you won’t be disappointed.