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The Island

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1988.

It's 1746 and the Laird of Ulver maroons his wife and four daughters on remote Ulver Island after she fails to give him a male heir on the fifth attempt. On the island, the youngest girl turns murderess, after meeting Satan himself in a cave. Modern day, and no one has lived on Ulver since a couple threw themseles onto the rocks in 1948. Frank Ingram is too busy mourning his wife, and moves in anyway. Life is hunky dory until a woman with her four daughters mysteriously arrive out of nowhere.

The different years are alternated in chapters, which highlights well almost the same storyline running through both timescales. Starting similarly to many Guy Smith novels, this one develops more than normal and doesn't rely so much on the traditional sex and gore; not to say there isn't any, needless to say. Well written, as always, and perhaps out of the author's many novels, one of his best without being one of his classics.


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