Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Marisa Chenery
Genre: Paranormal Horror
Booktrope, Forsaken Imprint (2015)
Number of Pages: 210
My Rating: 4 stars
Exploring a remote island can sometimes get you into trouble. Especially when you stumble upon a cave and awaken two demons.
Rumors and superstition.
That’s what Emma thinks about local gossip concerning her grandmother’s “cursed” private island. Emma journeys to the island to ready it for sale. While out exploring, she unearths a hidden cave–a cave which holds answers to the island’s dark past.
There may be more to the rumors than she thought.
Excerpt from THE ISLAND
She was jarred awake by a cry. The vestiges of her nightmare dissipated as she orientated herself. Nightmare. Emma let out a sigh of relief. The cry sounded again. A distant sound, high and wailing. A baby’s cry. Her heart quickened. Good god, surely that can’t be a baby?
The fire in the stove had burned down, its embers lending a glow to the living room. Emma looked out the front window. The yard was still. She unlocked the door and opened it a crack. The cry drifted in with the breeze, faint but unmistakable. She ran through her mind what possible bird or animal could make the sound and came up with nothing. Characteristically, the island was blanketed with silence, almost like a vacuum. She stood, uncertain. After several minutes, the sound started again—the unmistakable high wail of a baby. She slipped on her boots and parka.
Fog trailed like cobwebs in her wake. The mournful cry threaded through the trees and came from the direction of the house ruins. In spite of a growing anxiety at what she’d find, she quickened her pace. If that is a baby, it’s still alive, and I need to get to it. If it’s not a baby… She blocked out the possibilities of what else it could be.
She approached the ruins and the sound stopped. Her heart raced. I know it was coming from here. The area held an unnatural heaviness. A branch cracked behind her and she turned with a start. Something dark darted through the trees.
“Hello?” Her voice sounded muffled in the fog. Emma’s attention snapped to the left. The dark figure ducked out of sight. She took one step backward, and fled.
Heavy footsteps echoed from behind as she plunged through the trees. They were catching up with her. Emma pushed herself to run faster, terrified she’d lose her footing on the uneven ground. The cabin loomed large, a haven in the thick fog. Stumbling across the cabin’s porch, she hurdled through the door and slammed it shut, locking it.
Emma rooted her feet to keep from running around in circles. Straining to hear, she was greeted with eerie silence. Several moments passed before the baby’s cry started again. And this time, it sounded from right outside the door.
I’ll admit that I’m glad I read this in the middle of the afternoon after my husband got home. Clarissa Johal does a fantastic job of making the hair on the back of your neck stand on end! On more than one occasion I could swear I saw something outside my window!!
Okay, I need to say something special about all of the nerdy references in The Island and the fact that Paisley is just so freakin’ awesome! I mean, the girl owns a comic book store and has hair and a fashion sense that matches my own! I love this girl!!!
One of my favorite things about The Island is Emma. I love reading about independent women who aren’t afraid to face a challenge head-on and Emma is just that, after talking herself into it first haha. And Nathanial is absolutely swoon-worthy! The story flows really well and doesn’t lag even when they aren’t on the island for a brief time. My only stipulation is the first paragraph in the epilogue, I felt it was an underwhelming ending to Emma and Nathanial’s story. I felt like the whole time we were building up to an amazing Emma/Nathanial moment and it just wasn’t there. The rest of the epilogue is a fantastic open ended ‘here we go again’ ending, which I love, so it saved it a little bit. Over all I give The Island 4 stars for it’s easy flow, fantastic story telling and for leaving me wanting to read more!
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About Clarissa Johal
Clarissa Johal is the author of paranormal novels, THE ISLAND, VOICES, STRUCK, and BETWEEN. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing, taking pictures of gargoyles, or swinging from a trapeze. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, and every stray animal that darkens their doorstep.
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