The Last Resort

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Pub Date 1 Dec 2020 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2021
Amazon Publishing UK, Thomas & Mercer

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Description

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 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 hiding from the past. This is no luxury retreat—it’s a trap they can’t get out of.

As the clock counts down to the lavish end-of-day party they’ve been promised, injuries and in-fighting split the group. But with no escape from the island—or the other guests’ most shocking secrets—Amelia begins to suspect that her only hope for survival is to be the last one standing. Can she confront her own dark past to uncover the truth—before it’s too late to get out?

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...


A Note From the Publisher

Susi Holliday grew up near Edinburgh and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years before she started writing. A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham Prize. She is the author of seven novels, five of them written as SJI Holliday. You can find out more at her website, www.susiholliday.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SJIHolliday/ and on Twitter @SJIHolliday. She also provides coaching for new crime writers via www.crimefictioncoach.com.

Susi Holliday grew up near Edinburgh and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years before she started writing. A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in...


Advance Praise

“Superb. A chilling island-set thriller for fans of Dark Mirror and Agatha Christie.” —Mark Edwards, bestselling author of Here to Stay and The House Guest

“A deliciously dark mix of Agatha Christie and Black Mirror, with a plot that’s twisty and clever. One of the most original thrillers you’ll read this year.” —Lisa Gray, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Thin Air

The Last Resort kept me guessing until the very end. A clever concept with some fascinating characters.” —John Marrs, bestselling author of What Lies Between Us and The One

And Then There Were None meets Black Mirror: a highly entertaining and imaginative read. It’s going to be huge.” —Cass Green, author of The Killer Inside

“A fresh, modern take on the classic locked room mystery! If Michael Crichton, JJ Abrams & the Black Mirror creators wrote a thriller together this would be it!” —Steph Broadribb, author of Deep Down Dead

“What a trip! I love how Holliday writes, unafraid to mix genres. And this is no exception. Another ‘like nothing you’ve read’ thriller from one of my fave writers.” —Louise Beech, author of I Am Dust

“My god, what a ride! Couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” —Rod Reynolds, author of Blood Red City

“Dark, compulsive, and just a little bit bonkers. Strap in and enjoy the ride.” —Amanda Jennings, author of The Cliff House

“This is one of those novels you race through with sheer enjoyment, dying to know how it all pans out. It’s her best yet—I couldn’t put it down.” —Louise Voss, author of The Last Stage

The Last Resort deals in cutting edge technology and old school mystery. The pace is unrelenting and you’ll be gripped to the last page.” —Rachael Blok, author of Under the Ice

“Chilling, shocking & evil. The Famous Five & Agatha Christie meet Black Mirror & Lost. I worry about what’s lurking inside that brilliant head!” —Victoria Goldman


“Superb. A chilling island-set thriller for fans of Dark Mirror and Agatha Christie.” —Mark Edwards, bestselling author of Here to Stay and The House Guest

“A deliciously dark mix of Agatha Christie...


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this was such a creepy gripping thriller. had me trying to guess what was going to happen. i sped through this book wanting to find out what happened. i just couldn't put it down.

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This was a great premise as I've read about the subject that gave Susi the idea for the book.. I'm not going to say more as you have to find out what it is for youself. If you';re afraid of how tech and new tech ideas can work against us however, this is going to freak you out. There were vibes of And Then There Were None and 1984 and the film The Island. Characters I didn't care for however and it soon became obvious that I was looking forward to seeing them being killed off. Not sure what that says about me but one in particular was awful. I felt the idea and premise was stronger than the way it panned out. The tech idea however was nicely built up and explored. People's reactions were spot on and the way the people were controlled on that island was nothing short of Big Brother's gone Digital. Hell if this ever becomes a reality, I'm going to live on an island myself. Just not this one. You never really know where they are but there's a reference to a literary island which was a nice touch. The ending for me didn't fit the rest of the novel but it was a good journey getting there.

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The first 85% or so of this book was very intriguing. Sadly, the ending just didn’t work for me as well as I’d hoped it would. The overall story has a vibe that’s similar to many others: a group of people wake up somewhere unknown and have to go through a series of trials to find out what’s really happening. Where this one differs, though, is in the way that each character’s storyline is pushed forward, along with the manner in which futuristic tech is utilized. I can’t really say much more without spoiling it, but I will say that one of the three big twists was easy to see coming. I had guessed a crucial detail about the biggest reveal far in advance, too. Neither of these things reduced my enjoyment of the book, which was sitting pretty firmly at 4 stars in my mind until the last 10-15%. Yes, the ending wraps it all up, but it just didn’t have the necessary impact. I was left thinking, “Seriously? All of this because of that?” I expected a bigger, more interesting motive. I also expected one last twist from a character’s memory that was never completed (which, if it had been, could have provided a much better ending). Alas, neither of those things came to fruition. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC. This review contains my honest, unbiased opinion.

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Really enjoyed this book!!! If I could give six stars for the plot twist and not seeing it coming, I would! I loved the idea, I’ve never read something like it before, all of the characters were described just enough to make them seem real and how it all came together in the end, a wonderful thriller read!

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Seven strangers in an island, trapped, and soon they are only six... It was a great modern twist on the Agatha Christie story, with new and maybe too incredible technology, but it kept me reading until the end. If you know the original story you can guess some of the twists, but I was not expecting the last one, and I'm still shocked. Great book.

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