Stranded by Emily Barr

Stranded

Emily Barr

Recently divorced Esther, mother of Daisy sets off alone on a backpacking trip to Malaysia. Her short lived joy turns to horror when she becomes stranded on a desert island. This easy and entertaining travel thriller builds slowly via two narrators and delivered a couple of twists and turns I wasn’t expecting.

Extract

It is exhilarating to know that I am on this bus, on my own; that I have got here by myself, made this happen (eventually) myself, and that I am thousands of miles away from my normal life. I like being on the move. It means I am not anywhere in particular, and am not having to engage with anything or anyone.

Parallels
  • The Beach by Alex Garland
  • The Life You Want by Emily Barr
  • Open Water - the film