Book Review: Abaddon Illusion by Lindsey Bakken

Abaddon Illusion by Lindsey Bakken

Published: July 10th, 2021 by Atmosphere Press

Source Paperback, 306 pages

Summary: (from Goodreads)

If you knew one party would change your life in unimaginable ways, would you go?

Senior year was supposed to be pointless and fun. For Rose Jackson, it turns into life or death when she and her bodyguard are taken as hostages to a remote island. As they struggle to understand their captivity and their growing feelings, circumstances introduce them to two very different captives: an insurance salesman and a delirious model.

Trying to find a way off of Abaddon Island, our four unlikely heroes navigate complicit strangers and familiar evils. As they get to the bottom of the island’s secrets, one question rises to the surface: “Can we live with the choices we’ve made?”

Abaddon Illusion by Lindsey Bakken is a thriller about finding your identity in extreme circumstances and never letting go of the person you want to become.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars


**I received a physical copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

I enjoyed this! I was in the mood for a thriller, and this was definitely that! This was a twisty, dark suspense/thriller story. I was so intrigued by the concept of this book – a girl (and her body guard) getting kidnapped and waking up on a remote island? Yes, please!

I thought Rose was a strong character, immature at times, but grew to be strong. I really liked Duke! I felt that the main characters were well written. The side characters added intrigue to the story too, trying to figure out how they fit into the story. I enjoyed the Joe and Aspen storyline a little more than the main storyline, if I’m being honest. 

However, there were too many names for me. I had a hard time remembering who was who, especially toward the end. A lot of the added characters felt unnecessary. It didn’t take away from any enjoyment, it just added a little bit of confusion for me.

I thought the writing was pretty good. Bakken has strengths in her writing, like the atmosphere and storytelling. There were times when the writing didn’t feel as strong to me, but it didn’t really take away from my enjoyment. As a whole, the writing was great.

There were twists and surprises that I did not expect! Quite a few. I was only able to guess one of them, and I didn’t guess it until right before it was revealed, so that’s a win for me. I love when I’m genuinely surprised in books.

There was a little romance in it, but not enough to overwhelm the story. I liked the added bits of romance. It made sense for the characters. 

There are some deep and dark trigger warnings in this one- the biggest being TW for sexual assault and incest. It was hard to read, so I definitely recommend going into this lightly and aware if that is a trigger for you.

Overall, this was a fun, suspenseful read. Definitely recommend if you want a quick thriller to get you through waiting out for fall (if you’re anything like me and melting in this summer heat, ha!) 

Thanks so much, Lindsey, for sending me your book to read!

Thanks for reading! (:

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