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Fog Island: A terrifying thriller set in a modern-day cult (Fog Island Trilogy, Book 1) by Mariette Lindstein

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 560 Pages.

Published: 24 January 2019 by HQ

ISBN: 0008245347

EAN: 9780008245344

When Sofia meets Franz Oswald, the handsome, charming leader of a mysterious New Age movement, she’s dazzled and intrigued. Visiting his headquarters on Fog Island, Sofia’s struck by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the gardens, the sense of peace and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for Franz.

So she agrees to stay, just for a while. But as summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island draws its name sets in, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. Contact with the mainland is severed. Electric fences surround the grounds. And Sofia begins to realize how very alone she is and that no one ever leaves Fog Island…


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Bland with Poor Description

Sofia is just coming out of a difficult relationship & vulnerable when she first meets Franz Oswald. She loves his New Age theories and takes up the offer of a job creating the library at the commune that Oswald has set up. However the tranquility is soon shattered as outsiders question the cult and strange happenings lead Sofia to question her decision to live in the commune.

The major problem with this is the language. It is just so bland. The vocabulary is quite ordinary with very little richness. The descriptions are also quite dull making things seem very two dimensional as opposed to three dimensional. I presume that this book was translated from the original Swedish so it is possible that the rich descriptive language has been lost in translation. Alternatively it may never have been there in the first place.

The lack of description also affected the characters. None of them felt that real and I never felt that they came to life. Sofia was a particular problem as she  seemed to change her opinion of Oswald at the drop of a hat. In fact she seems to change her mind frequently - she decides she can trust no one and then she pours her heart out to Simon. One minute she is very against Oswald and the Cult and the next she is standing up for him. I didn't understand her character which was possibly because I never felt that I knew her or felt that she was real. To be honest Sofia is quite a boring person with little signs of a strong character.

Although the setting and characters are quite bland, I did like the idea of the book. Although there was little suspense achieved, the author did gradually build up the changing situation within the cult. We saw it progress from a happy commune to something altogether more sinister.

This is one of those books that has a good concept but poor execution. I have just realised that this is a trilogy - I don't intend to read the second and third books.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

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