Beware of Dogs by Elizabeth Flann. (2021).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Not much daylight left now…
So begins the field diary of Alix, whose impulsive acceptance of an offer to spend Easter on a remote island has turned into a terrifying ordeal. Hiding in a tiny cave, she carefully rations her meagre supplies while desperately trying to figure out how to escape the men hunting her. But she’s got little food and water, no way of calling for help, and only her skills as a geologist and memories of Atkinson’s ‘Guide to Bushcraft’ to survive. By day she is disciplined and lives by strict plans, but at night she finds herself haunted by questions about her life that she has never wanted to face. And her time is running out.
If you are looking for a story that will keep you mentally on the edge of your seat the whole time, with your body tense from suspense, this book is 100% for you! Winner of the 2019 Banjo Prize for Fiction, it is easy to see why. I really enjoyed the combination of experiencing both Alix’s current situation, as well as her flashbacks to previous events including not only how she got into this specific situation but also her history in general. The writing is excellent; even though the author states in the author’s note that the island is fictional, the description of it is truly immersive giving the feeling you are right there with Alix. I loved this tense and suspense-filled page-turner. Will Alix be able to get out of this horrifying situation? Read to find out!
Overall: an enthralling survival thriller story that you won’t easily forget, highly recommend.