During a huge row, Gillian stands up to her abusive boyfriend. The consequences are horrendous and far-reaching.
Terrified, she flees her home, seeking anonymity abroad while coming to terms with the outcome of her actions.
In Portugal, Gillian meets Harry, a yachtsman, needing crew for his Atlantic Ocean-crossing. She applies for the job. Half-way into the journey, after confessing to her crime, Harry offers her refuge on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean which he says he owns.
Confused and depressed, Gillian imagines this is the answer to her problems. She needs time to lie low and consider her options; confront the authorities or live in obscurity? Harry is offering the perfect hiding place…or is he?
When things start going horribly wrong, she asks herself if she is alone on the island. But maybe the biggest question of all is why she gets the gut feeling Harry wants to keep her there at all costs?
What happens when she says … no?
Paradise turns into hell in Faith Mortimer's latest addition to her 'Dark Minds' series. 'Paradise Prison' is a brilliant psychological thriller that kept me hooked from start to finish.
"It was the perfect place to hide for a while."
After a serious incident at home, Gill is desperate to flee from the UK and from the eye of the law. She travels down to Portugal where she meets a wealthy yachtsman named Harry. He offers her the perfect solution to her problem: to travel with him on his yacht across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Gill can't believe her luck. She trusts Harry as she sees in him a father figure and off she goes with him to start her new life away from everything she's left behind.
"Who was this man? Her saviour?"
Once on the yacht, Harry tells her that he owns a small island where she could live in hiding for as long as she wishes. But after agreeing to go there, Harry's true controlling character slowly starts to show. He's involved in some dodgy dealings around the Caribbean and soon Gill begins to wonder whether she's made the worst mistake of her life. How much can she really trust him?
Upon arrival on the island, Harry leaves Gill alone in his desolate cottage. At first she's quite happy there exploring the beautiful island, but she soon understands Harry's true intention. On this tiny island, with no way of calling for help, she's become nothing more than another of Harry's possessions, to do with as he liked. She's completely at his mercy. How can she ever escape this manipulative, devious monster?
Okay I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the setting of the story - first between sea and sky on Harry's yacht - it's evident that the author is familiar with and very knowledgeable about boats and seafaring. And then I loved the exotic island's setting which I found so original. Most thrillers are set either in the UK with its bleak dark weather or in the US. Faith's colourful, vivid descriptions took me to a place I've never been to before. Through Gill's eyes, I could very clearly visualise this beautiful place, with its golden sandy beaches, palm fronds swaying in the wind and the clear blue, menacing seas.
The book is very well written and its plot is exactly as I like them - intriguing and suspenseful, but not too complex. There are just a handful of characters mentioned and most of the story revolves around Gill and Harry.
All characters are well portrayed and realistic. Gill is quite an unlucky woman who has been abused and controlled all her life, but that's probably because she's too naive, gullible and trustful for her own good. You must be really desperate to embark on such a long sea journey alone with a total stranger. I mean what was she expecting? You can never take someone at face value. Doesn't a normal person evaluate the risks involved? Harry on the other hand is just a scheming controlling freak with a dubious lifestyle and some extreme unique fantasies which he puts to good use with Gill. But he knows how to lure a woman in need into his trap and in Gill he finds the perfect prey.
The ending left me both happy and sad. All I will say is that I did not expect it to end the way it did and I was impressed by the author's ability to create those final dramatic scenes.
With an original setting, beautiful vivid descriptions, realistic characters and various suspenseful, nail-biting, gut-wrenching moments, I think this book is just brilliant and I highly recommend it. I won't be surprised to see it made into a movie one day.
With thanks to the author for a copy of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
Amazon Top #14 author rank for mystery, #27 mystery, thriller & suspense, #55 literature & fiction #5 bestselling author on Nook Books. Faith's books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times.
Faith is a British author from Hampshire, England. Since 2005 she turned her hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, she dreamt of writing novels which readers would love, & spent many hours writing short stories which she read to her sisters. Born in Manchester & educated in Singapore, Malaya & Hampshire, England.