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When Ana Logan agrees to go on holiday to Thailand with her estranged sister Rachel, she hopes it will be a way for them to reconnect after years of drifting apart. But now, stranded on a seemingly deserted island paradise with no radio and no food, reconciliation becomes a desperate fight for survival.

For when night falls on The Forgotten Island, the dark secrets of the j
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Paperback, 314 pages
Published September 27th 2018 by Independently published
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Johann (jobis89)
"From out of the shadows it came."

Two sisters, Ana and Rachel, view their trip to Thailand as way to mend their relationship. However, after becoming stranded on an island with no food or supplies, it quickly becomes a fight for survival.

Holy hell, this book was GREAT. It has all the components needed for a fantastic horror novel: great writing, likeable characters (and not so likeable ones too), some well-executed humour, and most important of all... parts that left my skin crawling!!

The start,
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Andy Marr
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's nearly a year since I read this debut from David Sodergren. I've read more than 60 books since then, but I have to say that none of those have stuck with me more than this one. I could blame this on the fact that I'm so unused to reading horror stories, but really, that would be doing the novel a great disservice. Truth be told, this is a really great story, with all the essential components of a fantastic horror book - likeable characters, some great humour, good writing, and (most obvious ...more
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Review originally appeared in the holiday issue of SCREAM magazine

You could make the case that David Sodergren’s debut novel The Forgotten Island is the soon-to-be-cult-classic grandchild of Jurassic Park, Arachnophobia and The Ruins. I don’t know how that works out physically since I listed three grandparents but you get a good idea of the book’s DNA. I’ll explain:
Jurassic Park in the sense that the narrative travels around a bit so that the reader can be engaged in simultaneous events as they
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.5 Stars
Video Review: https://youtu.be/3NWjYSZW6Ns
Wow! I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun reading a horror novel!


From the synopsis, The Forgotten Island will undoubtedly be compared to The Ruins by Scott Smith. I think that fans of that iconic horror book will not be disappointed by this one. The setup was quite similar with a group of friends vacationing in a hot climate. The story started out in classic horror fashion, with plenty of partying and sex, but soon enough things go t
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Cassie Lola (holo.reader)
“It was the hellish sound of the forsaken, a high, gut-wrenching wail that split the darkness like a hatchet to the face.”

A couple of weeks ago, I picked this book up on a whim and decided to read the first chapter to get a feel for the author’s writing. I’d never read anything by him before, but due to the high amount of praise for him on bookstagram & Twitter, already owned both of his paperbacks. I was in bed in the middle of a day off, and ended up devouring the entire book in almost a singl
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Ashley Daviau
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best horror novels I’ve read this year if not THE best. It had me instantly hooked from the first sentence and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what horrors came next. I adored every single second of this book, it had me flinching and my spine was crawling with shivers at some parts. The imagery is absolutely out of this world, Sodergren really knows how to paint one hell of a gory picture! Horror fans, do yourself a favour and read this book ASAP. I promise y ...more
Abbie | ab_reads
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super grateful to David for sending me his debut horror novel to review! It’s a homage to 80s horror, lots of guts and gore, but BETTER. Because what puts me off 80s horror, despite the crazy stories & monsters, is the misogyny. The Forgotten Island is all of the 80s horror fun and none of the misogyny - what more could you want?!
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Our protagonist is Ana, a hilarious, foul-mouthed Scot who takes absolutely NO SHIT. After a tough year, she agrees to go on holiday with her sister after they drifted
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Jamie Stewart
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Forgotten Island is a brilliant, surprising and entertaining horror novel. What I loved about this book was being able to spend time with its many characters before the horror really kicked off. As a fellow western that has visited Asia I could sadly recognise a lot of stereotypical behaviour that some of the characters displayed in this novels opening pages. These scenes are handle with great humour by the author and I was left laughing out loud at several passages. However, the humour rema ...more
Cameron Chaney
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, adult, horror
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

“They just don't write horror books like they used to.” If you ever find yourself pouting out these words, know that the reason for this is not that ‘horror is dead’ or anything melodramatic like that. The real reason is you’re just not looking hard enough. Fortunately, that’s the whole point of doing what I do; I do the digging so you don’t have to. So here, let me help.

David Sodergren’s debut novel The Forgotten Island wil
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Alex | | findingmontauk1
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
YES YES YES!!! What a great read! 5 stars and full review to come!
Mindi
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow...
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
I really enjoyed this book! It follows some estranged sisters that end up taking a vacation to Thailand. They have a lot unspoken wounds between the two of them. Through a series of circumstances they end up finding themselves on an island with some shady history that the locals and the government don't even acknowledge.

The characters in here were great! The main characters were believable. I loved their back and forth with each other. Sodergren does a great job at executing that balance betwee
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Emily
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-tbr
"Everyone on this island is fucking insane."

The Forgotten Island is an absolute blast for horror fans. This is a great debut novel, and I had a lot of fun reading it. It has a little bit of everything - gore, suspense, humor, creepy atmosphere, chomp & stomp, and more. I did enjoy the first half of the novel a little more than the second, but I was still entertained while I was reading. This is by far one of the best B-movie horror-type books I've read. I've already ordered David Sodergren's sec
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Josh reading
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Forgotten Island was my first book by David Sodergren, what spine tingling fun! The book was great, I loved the nod to B horror movies, something like Cannibal Island Of Terror, or some such film. Sodergren takes the beats that you might associate with a horror movie, and in some ways turns them on their heads. Of course these young adults end up on a deserted island off of Thailand, yes, terror ensues, but the characterization adds a dimension to this book that you might not expect. Truly, ...more
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Fangs sank into his tongue, tearing away at the soft pink. Blood filled his mouth, and that, combined with the taste of the spider, made him vomit. The tiny monsters covered his entire head like a constantly shifting mask, biting and tearing at whatever flesh was available. He felt his eyelid being torn away, one of the spiders biting and pulling at his eyeball, the soft orb rupturing, white fluid gushing from the socket. He clamped his jaw shut, but they ate away at his cheeks, the flesh offer ...more
Brandon
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect and nasty horror story. Tons of sex, blood, guts, and goop.

Bits of dark comedy, with a mean streak.

Cannibal Ferox meets your-favorite-killer-spider-movie meets The Ruins but from 1988 with special effects by Screaming Mad George.
Red Lace Reviews
Estranged Ana and Rachel Logan take a much-needed vacation to Thailand - perhaps their sisterhood could even be mended along the way. After an intense party session their group mysteriously wake up on a boat, the ocean carrying them toward a seemingly deserted island. As nightfall hangs over them, tempers rise, survival instincts kick in, and something evil lurks in the wilderness. Who will perish to the unknown?

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I don't think I've ever read a book t
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Inna
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english, kauhu
Oh man, that was one gory ride. I gotta admit, I'm more into psychological and atmospheric horror than gore and otherworldly monsters, but this one worked for me too. I loved how genuine all the characters were, although couldn't have there been at least one decent person in the group (besides Ana and Rachel)? All of them were such insufferable twats, especially the men, ugh.(view spoiler) ...more
jude_reads_books
Read this if you want to be scared lol!! Brilliant book
Li
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very chilling and fun novel! Loved every page!
Michael
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always say that one of the best things about bookstagram is discovering books your wouldn’t normally discover and The Forgotten Island falls into that category.

I spotted this book on a friends page a few weeks ago and I was intrigued. They say don’t judge a book by its cover but I mean, look at it!! That and Johann’s review encouraged me to make it my Halloween read.
And I’m glad I did.

Ana is the main protagonist and I really liked her. She is headstrong, a little foul mouthed like yours truly
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Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This debut horror novel has it all: beaches, booze, boats, spiders, sex, despicable people whose death you root for, visceral body horror, and even a pug.

It’s obvious that Sodergren has spent a long time steeped in the horror tradition, and as a longtime follower of his Instagram, @paperbacksandpugs, I can say that this is—without a doubt—definitely the case. He knows it all, from the most obscure reference to the pop culture stalwarts. His personal love of the horror genre comes across in the s
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Hillary
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New Favorite Book

This book had me hooked from the beginning. I got invested into the two main female characters and just wanted to know what happened. Some parts off the book creeped me out but that's what kept me reading. So many good twists and turns throughout the book. One of my favorite books of the year.
Jorge Castanos
3.5

As I shared in an Instagram post: "The Forgotten Island" by David Sodergren promises old movie references, gore, violence, sex, humor, wit and originality... That's one, two, three... seven checkmarks!

"She smiled and lifted her book, the international signal for ‘Leave me alone.'"

This book was pure fun! Although this doesn't mean the novel is perfect.
I'll start with the negatives, because there aren't that many:

Even when most of the times I'm a "journey, not destination" type of guy, I have t
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Shelly Maze
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of fun. It was a mix of slasher, creature feature, and cosmic horror.
The book follows two sisters and one of their boyfriends as they vacation in Thailand. After a night of hard partying the girls find themselves on a boat and heading towards an island. Little do they know what awaits them is complete carnage.
Michael Tkach
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just finished this morning! Wow, lots of fun, some extremely gory scenes, oppressive jungles, bizarre cultists and some Mythos connections as well. Stirs up my Scottish blood all the way in Canada! Great first book by someone who is clearly well versed in the horror world. Felt like I was watching a Lucio Fulci movie! Can't wait for more from this author.
Janessa
This book was an absolute horrific blast to read. Great for B-movie horror lovers. Don't read if you don't want to be completely grossed out, or if you have arachnophobia.
Brooke
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
When sisters Ana and Rachel take a vacation to Thailand, a party gets out of hand and they find themselves with a group of others stranded on an island. With no food, no water, and no radios or phones, the group quickly realize that lack of resources is the least of their problems as there’s something on the island with them, something evil.

I love a good horror novel, and having seen this one floating around bookstagram for quite some time, I knew I had to get it! But upon finishing it, I had ne
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Bridget Thomas (Cruisingthroughpages)
What a story this was! The first half I was racing through because I just had to know what horrors were awaiting our characters when they reached the island. Then the second half had me wishing I didn't know what they had discovered because it was utterly terrifying. I really liked the main character Ana. She's one tough cookie. Even with the horrific things she goes through, she's quite funny and entertaining. I can't express how much I didn't like the male characters though (aside from one tow ...more
Alicia
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
A bunch of really shit twenty-somethings go on vacation in Thailand, are terrible, steal a boat and get stranded on an island that's been dropped off the maps for a reason. Do any of them make it off of the island alive?

The Forgotten Island is heinously disgusting and so so much fun. What lacked in dialogue and finesse (the dialogue was so bad it was cringe), was certainly made up for with originality in horror and gore. The body horror in this was disgusting in the best possible way and the pa
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David Sodergren lives in Scotland with his wife Heather and his best friend, Boris the Pug.

Growing up, he was the kind of kid who collected rubber skeletons and lived for horror movies.

Not much has changed since then.

His first novel, The Forgotten Island, was published on October 1st 2018. This was followed by Night Shoot, a brutal throwback to the early 80s slasher movie cycle, in May 2019.

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