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Death Island by Joan Conning Afman

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 by in 4 stars, Book Reviews | 0 comments

Death Island

Author:  Joan Conning Afman
Release Date: 
September 15, 2011
Dates Read:
  November 14-17, 2011

Wrongly convicted of the brutal murder of his wife, Danny Manning is exiled to Death Island, the site of America’s favorite reality TV show. Death Island is Hell disguised as Paradise, a place where no one gets off alive unless the audience vote goes his way. Danny’s day-to-day survival depends on a brilliant and hilarious psychopath who knows the ropes. But his ultimate fate lies in the hands of a clergyman’s quirky wife, a smarmy TV host, and Death Island’s fickle home viewers. If voted “off the island,” he will be free, innocent or not. Can he stay alive that long? And will he ever discover the identity of the real murderer?

This book was obtained freely through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by Death Island. Danny, an innocent man is framed for the axe murder of his wife and several other women. He is sentenced to exile on Death Island, a sentence that has replaced the death penalty in America. Death Island is the site of America’s new favorite reality show, a pay-per-view affair that has families and friends gathering weekly to watch the convicts struggle for their lives. Death Island is the story of Danny and a friend, the pastor’s wife he left behind, who may be his only hope. The book is very gripping and entertaining. It reads like a movie, and you won’t want to put it down. There were only a few things that detracted from the experience, and they were mainly typos. The book could use another once-over by an editor, as there are a few misspellings and many instances of missing punctuation. The only other thing I didn’t love about the book was the ending. It is clever, but I expected more closure. Overall, I’d recommend it to anyone that likes thrillers, reality TV, Lord of the Flies, or who just wants to be entertained.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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