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Book review: Gillian’s Island by Val Tobin

Gillian loved her island resort, it was all she had dreamt of and more. It was all she 51yqcxlkullwanted. The same, however, could not be said for her husband, Josh. He was content at first, ever the social butterfly, but soon this humble life and tomboy wife, was not enough. He started an affair with a younger woman, Candi, and finally decided she was what he wanted, her and his share of the resort. As part of the divorce proceedings he forced Gillian to sell, as if the heartbreak of his betrayal hadn’t been enough. Worse still the buyer was a millionaire playboy with a reputation for tearing things down and building anew. The time had come to show the new owner Daylin, the ropes, but would he be the image of how the media portrayed him, or was there perhaps more to him? It seems Gillian isn’t the only one reluctant to hand her home over to the stranger, since his arrival strange things have been happening, each time escalating. It is only a matter of time until someone gets hurt, or worse.

The first thing I want to say is how incredibly well-written this book is. For me, Gillian’s Island has raised the bar for all future books I read in this genre. The interesting and humanly flawed character cast aside the cookie-cutter casting and invest the reader in a thrilling and addictive reading experience. It is a romance, but it’s also full of suspense and mystery, a perfect combination. I can easily say there was nothing I didn’t like about this book, not even the characters I was made to dislike.
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