Reckless Girls is about Lux and her boyfriend Nico who are hired by two friends, Brittany and Amma, to sail them out to the remote island of Meroe in the South Pacific that has quite the dark history and his completely cut off from civilization. When they arrive, they quickly bond with another couple, Jake and Eliza, who are also exploring the island and are seemingly enjoying paradise together. However, slowly things begin to unravel. Relationships are not what they seem and the truth has deadly consequences.
To be honest, giving this book 3 out of 5 stars feels generous. I kept reading all 300+ pages because I kept anticipating some crazy twist was coming given the overall eeriness and slow-burn pacing of the book. However, I didn’t anticipate the “twist” to happen in the last 10 pages of the book. It felt rather rushed and overall unsatisfying from a reader’s perspective. Additionally, none of the characters are particularly likable. When negative things would happen to them or I would find out more with regard to what a particular character was capable of, I didn’t really have much of a reaction. I just found myself being rather unsurprised that these rather flat characters got even worse.
Although this book missed the mark for me, I would definitely consider reading another one of Hawkins’ books. Despite not enjoying this particular story line, I did really enjoy her writing style and think I would be easily captivated by another one of her works. If you’ve read Reckless Girls, I would love to hear your thoughts and if you’ve read any of Hawkins’ other works that you enjoyed, feel free to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!
3 out of 5 stars