The Cove by Alice Clark-Platts
Release Date: 1st March 2022
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
Welcome to Turtle Cove.
A luxury resort surrounded by pristine sea and the dense beauty of the jungle, it is the perfect escape from the stresses of life and work. For couples Lou and Adam, Eliza and Noah, a few days spent relaxing on the beach, while their kids are happily distracted, is exactly what they need.
But appearances can be deceiving.
There’s a strange tension brewing at the resort, with relations between the hotel and the locals threatening to spill over into violence. This is nothing though compared to the strained atmosphere between the two families. They haven’t been friends for long and they are starting to realise they don’t really know each other at all.
Except for one of them. One of them knows another very well.
And they have a score to settle.
The Cove is told from four points of view, and every single one of them is pretentious and annoying. I’m not much of a fan of multiple POV thrillers because chances are if the author can’t make one character likeable, all the POV characters are going to be insufferable.
I loved the idea behind The Cove, as I’m really getting into the trend of holiday thrillers – where have they been all my life? – but as a thriller this book fell massively flat. It splattered on the floor.
In addition to having four boring characters and no one to root for, the mystery of this book took forever to kick in. I had to put myself through one hundred pages of whiny cheaters before there was even a whiff of mystery, and then when something was introduced it was anticlimactic.
I’m severely disappointed in The Cove and I need to find a good island thriller to make up for it, ASAP.