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Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

Grey Wolf Island

Grey Wolf Island

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott


Gray Wolf Island is a story full of secrets, brilliant characters and an adventurous treasure hunt plot.

Tell the truth Ruby. Tell him what you did.

I was apprehensive initially; the unoriginal and boring cover doesn’t appeal to me but trusting the word of fellow bookworms who bestowed high praise on Goodreads I picked it up and am glad I did.

It’s no secret that somebody else has to die.

Although pacing was patchy and there were some parts in the build-up that I thought was over-explained, the storyline is solid with a slightly dark, sinister edge and a couple of unexpected twists.

I like that one girl’s voice could rattle the world.

The characters, an eclectic group of friends, are so believable. Their character development throughout the story, as their individuality is revealed and accepted, was so natural it was streamless. I’m not sure how to put into words that I found their presence comforting, and it’s this feeling that makes the book so captivating.

If I still have a heart, it’s not doing its job. It’s a stone in my chest, heavy like the rest of me.

And the ending? Unpredictable and satisfying.4 Star



Title: Gray Wolf Island Grey Wolf Island

Author: Tracey Neithercott

Publication Date: 10 October 2017

Publisher: Knopf Books

Source: Review copy


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Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it.  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.


  1. Kimberly Sabatini

    Looks intriguing and different. Got to agree with you about the cover. It wouldn’t make me read the cover flap which does pull you in.

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