Hi, hey, hello! You want a review, you say? Well. Fine. But first, my fave song of the moment: King by Florence + the Machine. Tbh, the whole Dance Fever album is amazing, but I guess you can start with this track first.
Okay. So. Today’s post is about a exotic remote island getaway! An all-expense paid trip to a tropical beach, an exclusive resort, a spa! Oh wait…that’s a different book —
Though this book was super fun to read, and does come complete with its own list of trigger and content warnings…please practice caution. Trigger warnings include but are not limited to: death, gore, drug usage/reference, alcohol use/reference, body horror, mentions of suicide/suicidal idealization.
The beach read you have been dying for! When ten of America’s hottest teenage influencers are invited to an exclusive island resort, things are sure to get wild. But murder isn’t what anyone expected. Will anyone survive?
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.Synopsis from Goodreads entry
As you can gather from the synopsis, there are a ton of people to keep up with here. 10 to be exact. And though they all have their faults…one of them is worse than the others. In order of mention in the synopsis:
Celia Young. The youngest member of our cast. Celia’s made her name as girl playing games on a streaming platform, like Twitch. She’s got an amazing kill ratio and a couple of cards she’s holding on to…
The Beauty Blogger
Chelsea Quinn. Tbh, we don’t know much about her or how she made her 12.8 million followers. And that’s suspicion enough for me.
The Rich Girl
Emma Jane Ohana. She truly doesn’t seem to belong here. Everyone else has made their name via social media followings…and EJ is just a rich kid. She does, however, have access to the kind of money needed to pull something like this off.
Frankie Russh. VERY good at playing both sides of the middle and gaining info without giving much. She is “us” in this book. However, like everyone else, Frankie is a bit of an unreliable narrator so take her words with a grain of salt…
The Junior Politician
Graham Hoffman. Here’s the thing…he wasn’t technically invited. He’s supposed to be a liasion between the Island staff and the Kids but umm the staff is sorta MIA.
Justice Wilson. We also don’t know too much about her either. Beware of things that could get you back, Justice.
Manuel “Manny” De La Cruz. Manny hails from Miami and was told by the Staff to “bring the party”…so he did. While he does make music, that’s not really what got him becoming a popular name with celebs….its the items he can procure that’s made him a hit.
Margot Bryant. Margot is instantly as the villain. She’s annoying and uppity and only sees people as what value they can bring to her (failing) company. While the secret that is revealed about her isn’t technically her fault…she is sorta responsible, at least a little.
Robby Wade. His secret is definitely his fault. Jealousy is a monster, kids. Hot mess express.
Xander Lee. He’s got a couple secrets. But the biggest one involves an illicit affair with a past lover.
So. One of these people is guilty to the highest degree. This person is the mastermind behind it all….the deserted island, the people that were picked being picked. All of it. And then there’s someone who’s money that funded this whole thing….
This book takes place over the course of legit like 3 days. There are deaths aplenty and no one is going to be the same. Never Coming Home is a multi-POV book where we jump into each of the Elite Ten’s perspective of the events. For the most part, everyone is afraid, which is the only logical response, but there are couple people who aren’t even fazed by all the death until more than 2 people have dropped. Those are the ones you need to watch out for.
I was graciously provided an eARC of this book by the publisher for review as a participant in the Turn the Page blog tour! Receiving this material in no way has affected my opinion.
I am the author of the YA novel The Babysitters Coven Series.
I also write for magazines, including Cosmopolitan, NYLON, Elle, Women’s Health, Shape, Time Out New York, Monster Children, Russh, Oyster, The Fader, NME, H&M, Smith Journal, Gather Journal, KnitWit, Popular, Style.com and more.
I have ghostwritten New York Times bestsellers, celebrity tell-alls, memoirs, how-tos, and beauty bibles (Shh…. I was never here, and you haven’t seen me.)
And, just ‘cause we’re still talking about me, I’ve also written windows, billboards, emails and captions, captions, captions for brands such as Urban Outfitters, Nasty Gal, Vans, Calvin Klein, Nike, Lively, BAGGU and more.
I love to write about witches, teenagers, girls behaving badly, palm trees, and other forms of magic. Teenage girl witches behaving badly under the palm trees is my penultimate subject.