It began as a vacation to the Cook Islands. But when seven friends are lost in the South Pacific after their boat goes down in a storm, they must survive at sea for several days in a small raft. Blown miles off course from their original position, and deep into open waters, they eventually encounter a small uncharted island. Grateful to be alive, they begin their quest for survival, hopeful they’ll be rescued sooner than later.
But the island is not the paradise it appears to be. Instead, it is a place of horror, death, torture and evil, of terrible secrets thought long buried and forgotten. And they are not alone. Something guards those horrible secrets, something evil and relentlessly violent, an ancient horror born of rage and vengeance, a blood-crazed predator that lives to kill and will stop at nothing to protect the island from those intruding upon its dark legacy. The savage is loose, and there is no escape.
Seven friends who are supposed to be enjoying a glorious vacation are plunged into hell when they are hit by a ferocious storm at sea. With nothing but a raft too small to safely hold them, injured and lost, they wash ashore on a deserted jungle island with only the clothes on their backs and a will to survive. What could be worse than being stranded with no way to call for help? Finding out you aren't alone, and something on the island wants you dead!
Nerves fray and tempers flare when there is no food, shelter, or rescue in sight.
Savages is a monster/slasher, a survival horror, and a history lesson all in one. I found myself researching after reading this book to learn more about something ghastly that was mentioned, which turned out to be true. Apparently, my public education history class was lacking because this horrific happening was news to me.
Who will survive their time on this island? you'll have to read to find out.
4 out of 5 stars
*content warning-rape and gore*
My thanks to Cemetery Dance Publications for the review copy.