Arc Review: Never Coming Home by Kate Williams

Title: Never Coming Home
Author: Kate Williams
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: June 21st, 2022
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: ⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“Everyone knows Unknown Island—it’s the world’s most exclusive destination. Think white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and luxury accommodations. Plus, it’s invite only, no one over twenty-one allowed, and it’s absolutely free. Who wouldn’t want to go?

After launching with a showstopping viral marketing campaign, the whole world is watching as the mysterious resort opens its doors to the First Ten, the ten elite influencers specifically chosen to be the first to experience everything Unknown Island has to offer. You know them. There’s the gamer, the beauty blogger, the rich girl, the superstar, the junior politician, the environmentalist, the DJ, the CEO, the chef, and the athlete.

What they don’t know is that they weren’t invited to Unknown Island for their following—they were invited for their secrets. Everyone is hiding a deadly one, and it looks like someone’s decided it’s payback time. Unknown Island isn’t a vacation, it’s a trap. And it’s beginning to look like the First Ten—no matter how influential—are never coming home.” (Goodreads)

For me, this book just didn’t do much. I liked the premise of it, especially with them being secluded on an island. Nothing wrong with the setting! It’s just that everything else felt underdeveloped and I just couldn’t get into like I had wanted to.

The book is told from multiple point-of-views and even though I am usually a fan of this, it didn’t work in this book for a couple of reasons. The first reason being that some of the point-of-views are short lived, no pun intended but it is a mystery/ thriller lol. I get that it is bound to happen but it doesn’t give enough time to fully connect to the character. The second reason is I guess part of the first. There is not a lot of time for development and even the suspect is kind of meh on the reasoning for everything that happens.

Like I said previously, I liked the setting. I haven’t read a mystery/thriller set on an island before and it takes away outside presence. It definitely gives off the vibe that it is one of them but its up for the reader to decide.

The mystery, which is obviously the biggest part of the book, was fine. I don’t think it was thrilling in any way and that is due to just not connecting. I thought that some of the things were over the top dramatic and felt silly because it was just blown up way too much. The intended culprit of it all still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I think that there is some interesting information given at the end but it also doesn’t come right out and say who did it. Not my kind of ending but others may enjoy it.

Overall, this was okay but really not what I expected. I’m kind of disappointed by it but I can see others enjoying it especially because it is a shorter read.

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