The Enchanted Island by Ellie O'Neill
Maeve’s oldest friend and flat-mate has kicked her out, and moving back in with her uptight mother has been less than cosy. But her reception on Hy Brasil, a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, couldn’t be any more hostile – it’s as if the island itself wants her gone. The locals are all ancient – and spookily well preserved – and they’re all so nasty. And what is that terrible screaming noise that echoes around the island?
But no island is going to scare Maeve off, even if she does miss her credit card, and her make-up, and bright shiny nightclubs, and the one night stands. She’s determined to track down Sean Fitzpatrick, the elusive islander, whose signature on Maeve’s paperwork is going to transform the island and open it up to the world.
And then, somehow, life begins to change. The island might be miserable and treacherous, but it’s also beautiful and strangely seductive. Maeve’s never felt better. And there’s also Killian, the dreamy teacher, who stirs up all kinds of unexpected feelings in Maeve.
But something’s brewing, and Maeve is going to discover just how far people will go to protect the ones they love.
This is the second book I've read by Ellie O'Neill. Reluctantly Charmed and The Enchanted Island both have an Irish magical realism feel, but where Reluctantly Charmed felt light and fun, The Enchanted Island had a much darker feel.
The steady build of tension and the feeling of something lurking just out of sight, kept me turning pages and guessing at the hidden secrets. I enjoyed seeing Maeve become more down to earth and relaxed as the book progressed.
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
- Where: Netgalley
- Format: ebook