Review: Pleasure Island by Anna-Lou Weatherley

pleasure islandTitle:  Pleasure Island
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Author:  Anna-Lou Weatherley
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Published:  July 31, 2015
Publisher:  Bookouture
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Secrets. Scandal. Betrayal. In Paradise, pleasure comes at a dangerously high price…

Three couples each receive an exclusive invitation to the fantasy holiday destination of a lifetime…

The host: Martin McKenzie, global billionaire and media mogul. Charismatic, powerful and always gets what he wants.

The location: A breathtakingly beautiful undiscovered island, nestled in the Aegean Sea. Private, secluded and not quite as it seems.

The details: Seven days of pure hedonism, five-star luxury tailored to every desire, also includes… secrets, lies, and infidelity.

As the guests begin to enjoy everything the luxury island has to offer, cracks begin to surface between the three couples. But that is not all. Someone is watching them. When they discover the truth – it will be explosive in more ways than they can ever imagine.

Read on for my thoughts on Pleasure Island.  No true spoilers, promise.

I am at a loss for words.  (and for a reviewer that is not a good thing).

I have absolutely no clue how to review Pleasure Island without giving away something.  And I do not want to give away anything on this one.

Alright, all I can do is enhance on what the story blurb has already told you to some degree… and hope that you will realize why I feel I need to be so vague once you pick up this book.  And you really do need to pick up this book.

  • Power corrupts absolutely – one character is so corrupt that I’m surprised they have not melted from the corrosive materials flowing through their veins.
  • There are no free rides – ever.  If it is free, you will pay a price.
  • Given enough leeway, anyone will hang themselves with their own words and actions.
  • The moment when you believe you understand just how despicable evil can be, they surprise you with unknown depths.
  • If you are told a lie for long enough, eventually you believe the lie as truth.
  • Absolutely nothing is as it seems on the surface.

Pleasure Island is a study in complete and utter evil in the form of a puppet master.  It will take you merely moments of reading to begin to see the edges of the plotting, manipulating and placement of lies.  From the second you realize exactly how vile, nasty and purely evil one character is, you will be strapped into your seat and on the way up the first hill of the roller coaster – at this point, there is no way off of this ride.  All you can do is hang on and watch the train wreck happen.

I will make this one comment – and I hope that the author, Ms Anna-Lou Weatherley understands that it is meant as the highest compliment a reader can pay an author… I pray to God that I never piss you off personally.  If this is what you are capable of thinking up in fiction, I never ever want it to be personal.  Trust me people, neither do you.

An utterly amazing story that I am still shaking my head over hours after I finished the last word.

If you allow yourself to have one book that is outside of your comfort zone, beyond the genre you normally read – Pleasure Island is that novel.

*I received an e-ARC of Pleasure Island from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

Available in paperback and for the Kindle