Book Review: The Getaway by Ross Armstrong

One private island. Seven guests. One killer…

Get away from your problems.
Multimillionaire Robert Rathwell and his entourage arrive at their private Greek island. White sand, turquoise water, the perfect place to relax. But this is no ordinary family, and this holiday will be their last.

Get away from your life.
The next morning, a scream shatters their peaceful world. Someone has been murdered, his body arranged to make it look like suicide. Everyone has a motive and, under the burning sun, secrets quickly simmer to the surface.

Get away with murder.
Soon the guests see a darker, more violent side to paradise. Because the Rathwells don’t just own the island; they own the people on it. And they can do whatever they like – maybe even commit murder…

I was really looking forward to this one, I heard about it during the HQ virtual showcase and immediately went and tracked it down on Netgalley. I’m afraid though this one turned into a DNF for me, made it quarter of the way through before giving up.

From the start it felt very confusing with a lot of people introduced in quick sucession, multiple Points of View that didn’t seem to have distinct ‘voices’ and I found it hard to like or care about any of them.

Add to that another random character who got thrown in like we were supposed to know them/their history with the family and I’m afraid it all a bit much.

The plot itself felt confused as well, lots of people possible scheming or worried about things-we-did-not-know-yet and it all was a big tangle that I didn’t have the patience to stick with.

I’m sure that if this is your thing, you’ll love it but unfortunately it didn’t work for me.

With thanks to HQ and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for honest review.

The Getaway will publish July 2022

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