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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  13,251 ratings  ·  2,493 reviews
Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men – employees at the resort - are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are s ...more
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Celadon Books (first published February 4th 2020)
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Miranda Reads

Did you ever wish something terrible would happen to you so the world could see how strong you are?
Alison was always the star of the family - beautiful, brilliant and absolutely perfect - and Claire idolized her.

But one Caribbean vacation on the island of Saint X later, their family of four became a family of three.

Even though Claire was only seven, that memory was burned into her mind.
Their voices, though still friendly on the surface, have a coldness to them. No, she tells hers
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! It was impressive! It was unique! It was different!

Well, I have never been a great fan of anything slow burn but this brilliant author achieved amazing job and attracted my attention with the detailed, objective, photographic depictions and perfectly rounded characterization. This book is not a big mystery about unsolved case of a young woman’s dying. This is also not only about obsession of the sister she left behind or the grief of whole family recently changed their residents and tryin
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Celadon Books
"That night, Claire is awakened by the sound of a key rattling in the lock. As she surfaces from dreams, she watches the door to the hotel room open. Her sister tiptoes across the room and slides into bed. In the morning Claire wakes at dawn to find her sister's bed empty. She is on the balcony, her eyes fixed on something in the distance. It seems her sister is hardly sleeping at all."

The problem with reading a book and putting off writing the review for weeks is that the small details begin to
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it

Saint X is a fascinating character study that explores familial relationships, the boundaries of friendship, racial divide, and class privilege through the death of an 18-year-old girl on an exclusive Caribbean island resort.

Saint X is the story of Alison Thomas; a beautiful, witty and privileged 18-year-old girl who is found dead on an island during her family’s vacation in the 1990s. Claire, her seven-year-old sister, is now an only child. Two native islanders are accused of
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
If you are looking for a fast paced crime or thriller read, then I would advise you to steer clear of Alexis Schaitkin's remarkable slow and considered character driven debut, a tantalising, acutely observed study of grief, loss, class, race, family, privilege, memory and obsession. 18 year old American Alison Thomas is holidaying with her family, her parents and 7 year old sister, Claire, on the fictional Caribbean island, Saint X, with its friendly locals, staying at The Indigo Bay Resort. The ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Before I begin my review I would first like to ask everyone to stand for a slow clap in reverence for Celadon Books.

👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏

The new voices they are presenting to the literary world are beyond compare. I've no doubt that all of my friends on Goodreads Island of Misfit Readers has AT LEAST one of their authors books on their Best of 2019 list.

So, kudos Celadon, you've made mine and many others year in books among the best yet.

Ahem, ok here we go...


Simply stated, Alexis
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
This book = BOOK CLUB GOLD!!!

There is so much to chew on and discuss here that book clubs across the globe will be talking about this book come February!

Claire is only 7 years old while vacationing with her family on the tropical island of Saint X. Claire is a quiet child, some may even say a bit odd, but one thing is for certain: Claire and her big sister Alison share a tight bond. She admires Alison's beauty, her wit, her intelligence, the way that she lights up a room, the way people gravita
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Tucker by: Celadon Books

Many thanks to Celadon Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Hello, my name is Tucker and I read a book. I did not like that book but unfortunately, I do not have enough thoughts to write a proper review so… prepare yourself for my favorite type of review to write: A gif review.

Me when I started this book with Miranda:

Me when I started to realize I wasn’t enjoying this as much as I hoped:

Me trying to tell myself I was enjoying this book:

Me when the twist was revealed:

This book reminded me so much of the Natalie Holloway tragedy that I couldn't move beyond it to truly embrace the story-line.

Alison is a young, beautiful teenage girl on vacation with her parents and younger sister on the tropical paradise island of Saint X. Their lodging is an exclusive five-star resort where everything they could possibly want is brought right to them. Sounds like heaven, right? So when Allison vanishes, this beautiful island vacation quickly spirals into a nightmare.

The s
Katie B
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Ooh, this was a good one! The book is being compared to Emma Cline’s The Girls, and Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, and since I haven't read either of those books, I have no idea if that is a fair comparison or not. While reading this book though I kept getting Celeste Ng vibes to the story so if you like that author, I recommend reading Saint X.

During a family vacation on the Caribbean island of Saint X, college student, Alison, goes missing. A few days later her body is found and two
Publication Date: February 18, 2020

Saint X is a strange book. It has so many long, wordy, overly done passages, in my opinion, that my will to keep reading was taxed. But behind that "too much" was a story that I could not put down. I enjoyed the character study aspect of the book, despite that the main character, Claire, and her older sister, Alison, were so unlikable. I wanted to know what happened to Alison and that is what kept me going, even though portions of the book were a slogfest. I th
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“What do a mother and father do when they are awakened by one child to the news that the other is missing? First, they tell themselves not to panic. Their daughter must have simply gone off somewhere on the resort grounds. It is a large property and there are any number of places she could be. Perhaps she has gone for a jog, or to smack tennis balls against the backboard at the courts…Perhaps she got too drunk at the hotel bar last night and is sleeping off a hangover in the room of one of the o ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Claire is seven years old when her older sister, Alison goes missing on the last evening of the Caribbean vacation on the island of Saint X. Days later, Alison's body is found but with no concrete evidence, the local authorities could not hold anyone (two employees of the resort whom she was last seen with) accountable for her death and the mystery of her death will remain unsolved.

Many years later, Claire, who now goes by her middle name, is living in NYC and has a chance encounter with Clive R
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3 stars.

College student, Alison Thomas, is found dead after disappearing while on vacation with her parents at a prestigious tropical resort. Two employees of the resort are taken in for questioning but released due to lack of evidence. This story follows the aftermath of Alison’s death showing multiple characters perspectives of the impact Alison’s death held on them.

The flow and narration of this novel is extremely unique. I was intrigued by how this story was unfolding for the majority of the
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allison-"I'm going on a treasure hunt and I'm bringing a pearl".
Claire-"I'm going on a treasure hunt and I'm bringing a pearl and a pizza".

Yearly, the Thomas family visit a different Caribbean island for a week long stay, in order to recharge. They take a break from winter in New York. The Indigo Bay Resort on the island of Saint X is this year's choice. Mr. Thomas arguably "...wears his affluence tastefully...describes their life as a 'fortunate life'." Eighteen year old Allison is freckled and
3.5 stars
"By late morning, a mother and fathers faith that their child will turn up any moment has given way to terror."

While on vacation on Saint X, the body of young Alison is found dead. Several years later, her younger sister Claire is determined to find out what really happened to her sister Alison.

The first 36 pages are truly hard to get through because of the descriptions. These pages focus on what the island was like during the family's vacation on Saint X, and it was a tedious 36
Holly  B

It all started on a fictional island called Saint X...

So much is going on in this story, I'm surprised it wasn't as long as it felt. Sometimes I enjoy detailed/descriptive writing, BUT at times this felt too slow with uneven pacing that had me getting frustrated. Maybe I was expecting a fast paced thriller/suspense? Not happening here.

A slow burn for sure, with a focus on obsession, lies and the psyche of the leading characters. At times it read like a movie and I was pulled into th
Susanne  Strong
3.25 Stars

A missing teenage girl’s body found washed ashore the beach on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Was it an accident, murder or death by suicide?

For the family who went to Saint X on vacation, no answers are found and no peace is given. Eighteen year old Alison will never take another breath.

Claire was seven years old when her sister Alison washed ashore on Saint X. Now, Eighteen herself, going by the name Emily, living in New York City, there is never a day that goes by that Emily doe
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Welp, I really was not a fan of this one. I was intrigued for the first third or so, but after that point it reeeeaaally started to drag and I full on hated the ending. 'Twas just not for me, unfortunately. ...more
3.5 stars rounded up

“When you gain the truth, what do you lose?”

Sunshine Sandcastles Sisters



This book was described as GRIPPING, but despite some beautiful, lyrical writing at times, it got bogged down by details in other places, leaving me to feel like I had read a book that was much longer than it actually was...(only 320 pages)

Alison, vanishes on the last night of a family vacation, from the fictional Caribbean Island of Saint X. Though, sweet with her little sister, Claire, we lear
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

This is an incredible debut novel by Alexis Schaitkin, a master storyteller. Schaitkin weaved successfully the multiple point of views in telling this story, a deeply harrowing story of how people’s lives were affected by a mysterious death of a young woman vacationing with her family in the Caribbean Island of Saint X.

The story centers around Claire who was only seven at the time when her sister Alison disappeared and days later was found dead. Two men were questione
4 stars

This is going to be a very controversial book in that it will generate a lot of disparate feelings and lots of discussion. It's not your old school crime thriller/whodunnit by any means. (I wish I could have been warned prior to reading about the pace of solving the crime. It's certainly not the books fault, but the very fast moving beginning put me in the wrong headspace for what I was to expect from the rest of the book so it took work to pull me out.) It is a true, 21st century millenn
Jon Nakapalau
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, favorites, fiction
This book reminded me of The Pledge by Friedrich Dürrenmatt: it is razor sharp and forces you to walk a tightrope over justice and obsession. Claire is a seven year old girl when her older sister (Alison) disappears on a family vacation taken on the Caribbean island of Saint X. She is found dead a short time later - two resort employees are initially arrested, only to be released due to lack of evidence. Years pass - then Claire has a chance encounter with one of the men who was initially arrest ...more
Diane S ☔
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 They are vacationing at a beautiful tropical resort, they choose a different one every year. This year it is Saint X on Indigo bay. Days filled with sun, water, beach time and local employees who will provide anything wanted. Allison is a beautiful college girl, her sister Clare is much younger, but she adores her older sister. Unfortunately, many other eyes are on her sister as well, including two employee, Edmund and Clive. On the morning they are expected to leave, Allison is missing. Lat ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thomas family from New York are very privileged and comfortably off. When daughter Alison is 18 and Claire(y) is 7 they go for a holiday to the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint X. Alison is attractive, clever, flirty and like so many of her age group, a boundary pusher. On the very last night of their holiday Alison goes missing and several days later is found dead. Although two local men - Edwin Hastie and Clive Richardson are arrested and they admit to being with her on her last night, ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Some books are just meant to be discussed and Saint X is one of them. It is a book club gem with so much to talk about. Celadon Books gifted the Traveling Sisters copies of this book club gem to read and discuss in our group. Overall we struggled with the wordiness of the book that distracted us from the story, however, by reading it in a group, each of us picked up on different things and brought them to the discussion.

Saint X is a detailed character study with a mystery layered in. It's a slo

4.5 stars

A family of 4 goes on a trip to the island of Saint X, but tragically, only 3 return. A beautiful teenager on the cusp of womanhood goes missing, her body later found in the depths of the sea, her death a mystery. Two men accused of a murder, arrested but later released due to lack of evidence. Strangers who happened to be on the same island at the time, who had only a few brief interactions with the deceased, yet their lives are changed forever. Decades later, a chance encounter bet
Frank Phillips
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars rounded down. I finished this well over an hour ago and I'm still mulling this one over. The first half of this book kind of read like when that annoying friend of yours is trying to tell you a story but keeps getting distracted and never gets to the point and the main plot lines, and instead, goes off in random tangents, giving bits of information you don't necessarily need. I felt like it read a bit long and I just wanted to get to the mystery elements of the story which were intrigu ...more
Emotionally-charged, descriptive & powerful!

SAINT X by ALEXIS SCHAITKIN is a slow burn psychological tale that often meanders. It has quite the interesting and fascinating premise though but didn’t always possess my full attention. I think this is my very first book that I found myself wanting to skim as I was getting a little impatient at getting to the climax of the novel. The pacing was extremely slow at times and I definitely got a little bit annoyed with all the extremely wordy and long pas
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Looking back, I can see that my pursuit of Clive Richardson was beginning to be about something more than gathering clues, that I was falling under the grip of something I could not control. But I did not allow myself to see this then. Maybe if I had, it all could have ended differently.”

Alison was 18 when she went missing while on vacation on the Caribbean island Saint X with her parents and her 7 year old sister Claire. A few days later her body was discovered. She was last seen with two empl
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Alexis Schaitkin’s short stories and essays have appeared in Ecotone, Southwest Review, the Southern Review, and other journals. Her fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with her husband and their son. Saint X is her debut ...more

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