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The Last Resort

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  6,245 ratings  ·  708 reviews
Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One perfect crime.

When Amelia is invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat on a private island, the mysterious offer is too good to refuse. Along with six other strangers, she’s told they’re here to test a brand-new product for Timeo Technologies. But the guests’ excitement soon turns to terror when the real reason for their summons becomes cl
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Kelli Wilson

A group of people, tricked into coming to an island for a weekend of luxury, only to find out they are going to be guinea pigs for a new neuro-based tech and the menu includes their worst held secrets.

The premise sounded very intriguing, unfortunately that's where the intrigue ends. A cryptic backstory, so vague it essentially provides no backstory at all.  This book is quite long, too long given the pace was not consistent. Attempts at suspense were squash
May 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I will never get those hours back.

This is the kind of book that starts out with a seriously unlikely premise and proceeds to get increasingly more batshit as the time goes on. I'm always up for outlandish stuff and craziness is not a deal breaker by any means, but these kinds of stories, perhaps more than any others, still have to have some kind of hook: punchy writing, a great idea, a sense of fun, appealing characters... and this fails to tick any of those boxes. It's both too silly and too b
Oct 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This was just silly.

Gaping plot holes and a premise that made very little sense, decimated any potential this story might have had. The characters weren't fleshed out, the reasoning behind the whole shebang was ridiculous, and the conclusion was laughable.

1.5 stars--that extra half-star for the potential only.

Available December 1, 2020

My thanks to Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley for my review copy.

I love a good locked room mystery and thankfully there are lots to choose from these days. This book is well-written and had an intriguing premise, combining the locked room (or in this case, island) mystery with futuristic technology in a kind of Fyre Festival meets the Matrix situation...but with murder. I can suspend my disbelief for a great thriller with the best of them, and I love a creative idea, so I was hyped for this, but ultimately it didn’t work for me. I think the book was a little ...more
Alayne Emmett
This started off to be a good thriller but, halfway through it got slow, boring and a little silly. I didn’t like the characters much at all they all seemed very spoiled and demanding. It’s a shame as I thought the book held promised but unfortunately it didn’t provide it.
Angela Staudt
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Where to begin with The Last Resort. This book completely pulled me in with that stunning and creepy cover. After reading the synopsis I was genuinely intrigued. The Last Resort had so so so much potential and really it was a good book, until that rough ending that made absolutely no sense.

Seven strangers are given a chance of a lifetime. They are all told they can go to this private island, all expenses paid retreat. Once they
Liz Barnsley
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Resort was a brilliantly entertaining read, a mix of mystery and mayhem, both speculative and traditional in a kind of locked room mystery that just happens to have a wide vista.

One luxury resort that turns out to be rather deadly and not terribly luxurious, a cast of characters that engage throughout and a black mirror meets the famous five vibe that is addictively brilliant. There's even a cave although no ginger beer unfortunately.

Cleverly timed and implemented death lots of creepy
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I read ‘Violet’ by this author ( under SJI Holliday and loved it
The premise for this book is superb, 7 strangers are invited to ‘test out’ a new luxury island and all it has to offer and the book opens with them meeting on a small plane as the adventure starts
They are, of course, all nauseating and include an Insta influencer, a game developer and an older lady Brenda who had made her money in the finance markets, nestled amongst these is Amelia who works for NGO’s
I loved the first chapters as
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
For my full review, visit me at

It’s a good idea not to leave it too long between sittings with this book. With seven main characters, I found that I was initially confused and struggled to identify who was who. This means, if you are someone who likes to dip in and out of books, with long breaks in between, you will probably find it difficult to engage with the narrative.

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Seven...yes seven strangers and they are all on a luxury trip for the weekend, except that their plane crashes and they are stuck on a weird and creepy island. So weird!!! I had to read and keep reading, find out what was going on with the trackers that they all had.

The characters are....interesting...flawed.... and layered. There are characters that I immediately liked (Lucy) and characters I felt sorry for (Twiggy) and others I was just not sure about (Amelia). There were also characters I did
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear this has had some mixed reviews.
Most readers report that the idea for the book was better than the finished novel.
While I understand this sentiment I feel it does an injustice to the author. Firstly there is the inspiration; the writer’s alone, critics find your own ideas and than write your own story. It seems churlish to criticise how a writer exploits their own idea by allowing your own creative juices to run riot all over the plot.
This is a story of a mysterious island where seven in
This book is really a perfect example of missed potential.

The plot is so very promising, and everything I would have hoped for. And Then There Were None with a techy Black Mirror twist? People with dark secrets in a locked room mystery? Of course I was going to get it, but I was so very let down. Some things are truly too good to be true.

But, before I get into some criticisms I must say this book is here for one reason only, and that is to be entertaining. Even though I didn't get as much entert
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
I really struggled with how to rate this one... ultimately I think it's a 2.5 for me which I've generously rounded up. The book just didn't land on multiple accounts, and even going back to reread the cover copy, the book feels like a bait & switch. I was expecting a taut isolation thriller with clear personal stakes, and it just didn't deliver on that.

First, the book is weirdly speculative--but in an overblown way that feels silly rather than well-supported and fun. Meaning, while of course the
Linda Strong
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three men and four women are receive invites for an all-expense-paid retreat on a private island. They are all told they will be there to test a new product for a technology company. They weren't expecting to be drugged while on the plane .. and they have no idea where they are. Nor are they prepared when a chip is inserted in each of them , all but one.

What ties all these people together? Six of them are in the business of influencers and reality shows ... all but one. Each guest has a guilty s
THE LAST RESORT is a sci-fi suspense thriller by author Susi Holliday. The novel is clearly based on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but with an updated plot and technology based. If you are up for a suspense novel that at times is creepy and at other times is high tech, then this book is for you.

A group of seven strangers, three men and four women had been selected for an all-expenses-paid luxury retreat to a private island. They initially had to sign a waiver with the company and w
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Even though I don't usually read this genre this had an intriguing premise and was an interesting sci-fi twist to the book And There Were None.

I would like to thank the TBC Reviewers request group & the author for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review
Vanessa Menezes
Seven strangers are invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat on a private island, the mysterious offer is too good to refuse.

On reaching the island, they are told they’re here to test a brand-new product for Timeo Technologies. But the guests’ excitement soon turns to terror when the real reason for their summons becomes clear. Each guest has a guilty secret. And when they’re all forced to wear a memory-tracking device that reveals their dark and shameful deeds to their fellow guests, there’s no
Linda Richardson
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Imagine if Agatha Christie wrote a episode of Black Mirror and based it on her novel “And Then There Were None” and you’ll only begin to imagine the mind bending mystery that’s Susi Holliday’s new novel. It has a totally engrossing storyline with a puzzle that kept me captivated and unable to put it down until I finished it in the early hours of the morning.
May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ridiculous,but fun.

Until it becomes JUST ridiculous.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW, what a read! The plot was intense, powerful and thrilling and held me captive all the way through! The characters fairly leaped off the page, and the tension was palpable. If you are looking for a twisted read that you just CAN’T put down, then this is DEFINITELY the book for you!

*I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
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Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, let me start by saying, if I ever get offered an all expense paid luxury holiday I will certainly take no time at all in declining the offer.

The story follows seven strangers, Amelia, Tiggy, Giles, Lucy, Brenda, Scott and James as they have all excepted an all expense paid luxury get a way. However each of the invitations were different and each were told not to discuss said invitations with anyone. Throughout the one day on this so called luxury island we follow each of the characters on
Jun 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Thank you NetGalley for giving me an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

This was a pain to read. The story was excruciatingly long and led absolutely nowhere. It was a heavy book with no plot and characters that seemed to be going around in circles. I had to keep checking the premise again and again every few minutes to remind myself of what it was about. I picked up this book originally because the premise seemed really promising, though after reading it I was
May 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 25%. The plot never seemed to pick up and the characters were flat. I couldn't decide which one I wanted to die first. I can't bring myself to care about any of them, though. Great premise, poor execution. ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

Oh dear book, how could you do this to me?

You carried me on the wave of suspense before dashing me on the rocks of silliness.

You showed me the mystery of the locked room mystery before blowing it all apart.

You showed me a tight plotline before shoving holes into it.

You showed how brilliant a writing could be before leading me to nothingness.

You brought scifi to suspense before making it sound like a rueful comedy.

Oh dear book, I fell in love with your cover and you sho
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been a huge fan of this author for years now, and have read everything she's written and enjoyed all of it. I was eager to see what she would have in store for you in The Last Resort, and flew through this book in just a couple of days.

It's an intriguing premise, with seven very different people boarding a small plane to take them on a luxury adventure. None of them know where their destination is, or what they will find when they arrive. However, they are all very keen to find out, and f
Lisa Leone-campbell
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When a group of people who don’t know each other get invited to vacation on a beautiful secluded tropical island for free to review some of the owner of the island’s products how could they not accept? But in what I would consider a terrifying updated version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, the invitation should have come with a dire warning.

Within a twisted plot, the group are horrifically killed off one at a time, with a nod to a sci-fi novel as they are forced to be implanted w
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book because all of the blurbs about it were so enticing. It started out with travelers who were strangers, all together on a plane, going to who knows where to face who knows what. Apparently, they were on an all-expenses paid vacation that ended up being more than they bargained for. Amelia was a central character and the only one who could not wear the tracker provided by the host. The tracker was attached directly to the brain’s neurons and had some really distur ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
There’s more than a hint of Agatha Christie in this tale of seven strangers trapped on an island. Instead of a colonel, a maid and a reverend, the characters include a paparazzo, an influencer and an overseas aid worker.
The popular literature allusions don’t end there, though. From the start, we are encouraged to reference Blyton’s Famous Five books, and the ending has more than a touch of Scooby Doo.
Overall, an entertaining and easy read with no pretence at realism.
James Winchell
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my typical genre I read but this read was recommended by Capital Crimes and it sounded interesting so I grab it. I was not disappointed. Good book with plenty of suspense. The only drawback was how the book ended. I was expecting something a little different based on the synopsis of the book. If you are into psychological thrillers this is still a must read.
Zuky the BookBum
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, 2020
I want to start by saying that I didn't enjoy this book. For me, it wasn't gripping or clever enough as a thriller to really stand out in a genre that's so saturated. That's not to say this book was rubbish, it just didn't work for me. Let me explain why...⁠

In Agatha Christie-style, 7 people are whisked off to an island where their purpose is to test new and exciting tech items. In a regular thriller way, this isn't the only reason they're there. Slowly, the group's deepest darkest secrets are
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Librarian Note: Also writes under the name S.J.I. Holliday.

Susi (S.J.I.) Holliday grew up near Edinburgh and spent many years working in her family’s newsagent and pub before studying microbiology and statistics at university. She has worked as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years, but it was on a 6-month round-the-world-trip that she took with her husband several years ago t

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