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Was it the nightmare that woke Reid or the phone ringing in the middle of the night that brought on the dream? Sgt. Reid of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police moved his family to Prince Edward Island, “The Gentle Island,” to get away from crime and homicides. He had to get away from the nightmares and concentrate on his family. It’s a lovely place to live. The sound of theWas it the nightmare that woke Reid or the phone ringing in the middle of the night that brought on the dream? Sgt. Reid of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police moved his family to Prince Edward Island, “The Gentle Island,” to get away from crime and homicides. He had to get away from the nightmares and concentrate on his family. It’s a lovely place to live. The sound of the ocean crashing against sandy beaches, sand dunes covered in tufts of dancing green grass… …And then there is the young woman hanging from a tree. It isn’t a gentle island any more. It’s Ben’s world. Whether we live or die is all up to him and Reid is going to have to play his game....

Title : Red Island
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ISBN : 9780973813234
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Red Island Reviews

  • Gloria Antypowich
    2019-04-14 23:18

    Lorne Oliver uses words to paint pictures so raw and intense that there were times when I found them hard to read, but the characters and the story line compelled me to continue on.Sergeant Reid is a man with a troubled mind. After dealing with a gruesome, haunting case that involved a serial killer in British Columbia, he and his family are emotionally scarred. He transferred to Prince Edward Island, on the opposite end of Canada. Life was quiet there and he thought his family could leave behind the horror of the past and concentrate on healing. But Reid cannot truly bury the past that still haunts him. Both his career and his relationship with his wife have been strained, and he is not on solid ground emotionally.The peace of the island is shattered when a beautiful young woman is found brutally murdered, hanging naked in a tree in an isolated area. The people in the area are traumatized; Reid's wife is totally freaked and begs him to stay out of the investigation. But Reid's unresolved feelings of guilt fuel the personal, relentless drive that make it impossible for him stay on the sidelines. His determination to find the murderer becomes an obsession and he works nonstop to solve it. Temptation simmers just beneath the surface as he spends so much time with his partner on the job, a beautiful woman who has relationship issues of her own and understands his compulsion. She is a balm to the anger and fear his wife heaps on him.Oliver gradually reveals the killers mind, portraying the life and the events that led to his instability, turning him into a murderous, psychopathic serial killer, whose arrogance leads him to a point where he taunts Sergeant Reid and puts him and his family at risk.The book is filled with suspense, and the plot twists and turns, keeping the reader holding his breath, wondering how many more young women will die before the killer is apprehended.Red Island was a great read: I'll certainly watch for Lorne Oliver's next book!

  • William Blackwell
    2019-04-17 19:20

    Wow! With his debut novel Red Island, Canadian author Lorne Oliver takes you deep into the twisted and demented mind of a serial killer as well as giving you a bird's eye view of the troubled mind of lead protagonist detective Reid.Set in Prince Edward Island, the tightly-structured plot centres around detective Reid's efforts to catch a serial killer who has begun kidnapping young and attractive women, raping, brutally torturing and killing them. Stylistically, Oliver is able to build tension through a first-person narrative that exposes the mind of Reid, who is fighting inner demons as well as an outer madman intent on making a macabre name for himself and staying one step ahead of police. Through a series of third-person narrative flashbacks, we see the development of a killer, starting from childhood and into adulthood.Oliver's clear and concise writing style (absent is any attempt at superfluous five dollar words) draws you into the story. The evocative imagery actually made me cringe at times, it so poignantly painted a vivid picture.I was impressed with Oliver's knowledge of police and investigative procedure and the probing analysis into the mind of a serial killer. He did his homework and it shows.The characters are well-drawn and believable. The dialogue is crisp, clear and concise. The pacing and cadence of Oliver's writing competently builds the tension little by little, finally reaching an intensely exciting and compelling climax.I look forward to reading more work from this emerging talent. It's a stellar first entry into what is sure to be a successful writing career.

  • Charlene
    2019-04-16 20:31

    This novel takes an interesting look inside the minds of criminals and police officers by alternating between the point of view of the serial killer and the Sergeant in charge of finding him. The scenes and emotions of the two protagonists are realistic and gritty, with the author gradually peeling back the layers on Reid and Ben (the serial killer) as Ben starts his murderous career. We are given the story of Ben's childhood as well, which the author uses to develop the instability of Ben. I'm only faintly reminded of Dexter, as there is little to sympathize with Ben (Reid says it best in the end when he ridicules Ben's complaints about the world). The way the author weaves the personal lives of Reid and Ben with their present - Reid on one side, trying to conduct a criminal investigation while keeping his past at bay, and Ben on the other planning his next murder - is particularly well done, as the reader is told only what we need to know, and we are left wondering whether Reid will pull off the capture until the last minute. There are a couple of moments when Reid is close, and you just want to jump through the pages and draw him a gigantic picture of what is going on. That element of suspense and the gradual horror of a serial killer unravelling makes this novel a stand out crime thriller.

  • C.D.
    2019-04-07 23:26

    Lorne Oliver is a writing colleague and friend.I once heard that people who work in emergency services had a higher stress threshold than the average person. But the spread from "stress" to "bored" doesn't change. That means that while they can handle stress that makes most of us want to hide, they also get bored easily.The pace of Red Island reminds me of this. Lorne Oliver has his own tone to his writing, a unique voice that can seem detached in times of "stress" in the plot, but maybe that's the voice of Sergeant Reid of the RCMP; able to process stress quickly, move on to what has to get done. This is a murder mystery thriller, taking place in the scenic province of Prince Edward Island. A place know for ocean views, romantic settings, and the unique red mud that brings to mind blood. We get to see both sides of the hunt; the conflicted major crimes sergeant versus the twisted and demented mind of a serial killer who is intent on toying with the man convinced only he can bring that madness to heel.Over all this book is well written, paced and researched. A definite must read for mystery readers who like things on the darker side.

  • Kate Kulig
    2019-04-12 17:18

    Oliver is gifted with a writing style that gets the reader disturbingly intimate with his main characters. Sergeant Reid is a restless sort, who really wants to do the right thing. His past experience tracking, and eventually killing a serial killer makes him the perfect foil for the Red Island Killer.While the reader gets to know Sergeant Reid (even his wife calls him Reid), in alternating chapters, he or she also gets to know how a serial killer is made. Ben Cooper may very well have started out like a lot of neighborhood kids. As his history unfolded in a series of vignettes, I found myself drawn to Cooper. I wanted to feel sorry for him. In the present, the heinous crimes he committed horrified me to no end, as did his hair-trigger temper. Reid is an interesting hero. He moved to Prince Edward Island to start over in a peaceful place. His past apprehension of a serial killer, unfortunately, makes him the perfect point man for solving the mystery of Ben Cooper.The pacing is quick. There is no lag time in the story at all. You barely have time to catch your breath. If I were to change one thing, it would be to give the women Reid interacted with a little bit more depth.

  • Allen
    2019-03-25 20:12

    The plot is good. It would have been an interesting read, but I was catching errors faster than I was catching the perp. Errors won, only one perp as expected but 103 errors, mostly in spelling, are just unacceptable. This author needs to take this book back and get someone else, preferably literate, to proof read it for him. I will overlook 3 errors per book but not 103? People may find this criticism overly harsh, but this many errors just spoils a book for me. Your Mileage May Vary.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-20 23:13

    I couldn't put the book down, this is the third time I have read it and I still find it interesting, I like that you know what's going on from both sides, and it all comes together at the end, a very good read.

  • Shelley
    2019-03-25 18:10

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  • Stefani
    2019-04-19 21:15

    ***WARNING: This review may contain spoilers, stop reading now if you wish to remain unspoiled.***This book is a hard one for me to put my finger on and say I liked it or I didn’t like it. In the end, I really liked some of it and I really didn’t like some of it. I liked the story, it was decent and well constructed. I really disliked Sgt. Reid, he annoyed me on nearly every page. And I absolutely loved Ben the serial killer, he was the shining star of this entire book!Let’s begin with the story. Like I said, it was decent and well constructed. Sgt. Reid is still recovering from an emotional case involving young girls being murdered and brings his family to Prince Edward Island, where things like that just don’t happen. But no sooner does he get there then that kind of thing starts to happen. Bodies of young women are turning up, proudly displayed in public, and Reid must face everything all over again. I thought that things progressed at a fairly good pace as far as the progression of the killings went. It was logical and made a lot of sense. All that was good. But I really didn’t like the police work in this. I give the author big props for doing so much research into police procedure and keeping it so real to life. However, there is a big reason that TV shows and movies make police work so fantastical…it makes it interesting. Reading scene after scene of the police scratching their heads and going “I dunno what to do? What should we do? Wait for another killing? Go talk to more people? I dunno.”, might be true to life but it’s also not very interesting. I was sitting there screaming, “SHE SAID HE WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER!!! YOU ALREADY TALKED TO HIM AND HE TOLD YOU THAT!!! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU!!!??” Maybe it was because Reid was too focused on his partner’s ass..ets, but more on that in a minute. I was mildly perturbed about knowing the name and identity of the serial killer right off the bat, but since his scenes were so good I stopped caring at all.Now let’s talk about Reid, and yes I have to call him Reid because we never learn his first name. At first that was kind of amusing as people guessed and never got told, but it got old fast. And when it was used as a cliffhanger at the end, I was just over it. The woman says, “Do me a favor, tell me your first name.”, end of book. I didn’t care anymore at that point, it wasn’t amusing anymore, so I didn’t mind that I don’t know his name. I also firmly believe that Reid has a medical condition. This man has the most tingly, twitchy groin that I have ever heard of. Sees the dead mangled body of a girl, he thinks about her nice body and tingly groin! Sees his partner walking around, twitchy groin! Looks at pictures of the murdered girls before they died, tingly groin!! Looks at a butterfly, twitchy groin! About the only time there is no tingly, twitchy groin is when he’s with his wife. I think he should see a doctor, he has a serious problem. I also think Reid couldn’t solve the murders faster because his every single thought is about cheating on his wife. The wife who is at home, calling to make sure he was safe and had dinner while you working his case, that controlling dirtbag! She didn’t do a single thing except love him and support him and he’s thinking about screwing around on her constantly. Even at crime scenes and during interviews. No wonder you couldn’t find the killer bud, you were too busy thinking about your twitchy groin than the case. Needless to say, I despised Reid very much.So far all of this is mixed, liked some and hated some, but then we get to Ben the serial killer. If this book had been Ben only, it would have been five stars all the way. I loved watching him as a young boy killing small animals, to progressing and refining his skills as a rapist and then finally as a killer. The look into this psychopath’s mind was fascinating and I loved every page of it. I never did quite figure out why Ben decided to taunt Reid which ultimately got him caught though. Until then, the cops had figured out nothing and were waiting for him to tell them how to catch him. If he hadn’t done that he could have gone on forever because they cops had nothing that he didn’t hand them. I think this was supposed to be part of Ben’s de-evolution and descent into madness. But it didn’t feel totally genuine to me. He’d been completely stable until that point and then just jumped off the deep end. I still liked it, but it felt rushed. At the end of this book I have to take what I hated and take what I loved and I come away with one conclusion: It was good and I would choose to read it again if given the chance, but I probably won’t reread it now that I have already done so once.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. Thanks to the author for providing this book!This and other great reviews at my blog Stefani's World of Words

  • Georgina Morales
    2019-04-23 17:26

    Red Island is the story of Sgt. Reid. He used to live in Vancouver, but after a grueling case that left him and his family scarred, they moved to Prince Edward Island. Otherwise known as The Gentle Island, it seems like a great place to concentrate on his family and leave the past behind. That is until the body of a young woman appears hanging from the feet, naked, and baring the terrible markings of torture. The island is not gentle anymore and the only hope for its people lies in the expertise of Reid against serial killers.Red Island is a strong story where the great abilities of Oliver to paint a picture without dragging the description forever are put to work so well. The simple matter-of-fact narrative allows the reader to loose himself in the story, and though some of the scenes depicted are quite gruesome, it never feels out of place or even graphic. The language is also under control, without four-letter expletives thrown everywhere, but realistically applied.The novel is divided in two stories, that of the detective and that of the killer, where one is narrated in present tense and the other in past, but both in first person. Particularly enjoyable are the sections related to the killer, his development as a killer, and the reason behind his horrible murder spree. A true study on the psychology of murderers and simply outstanding. Sadly, I found very difficult to empathize with the main character. Although he has a dark past haunting him and, maybe, going through somewhat of a middle age crisis, I found many of his actions hard to justify and, at times, annoying.The procedural side of the story is also very aptly done, always leaving the reader wishing for more and actually paying attention to the details that true cops are interested in. No shortcuts or illogic actions are put there so the author can go from point A to point B. The book, however, has several editorial mistakes, mostly the kind resulting from merging two sentences or typos. Very rarely these mistakes get in the way of understanding or involve a grammatical mistake, so it shouldn't put you off if the blurb and genre appeals to you. All in all a good, an interesting story worth reading.

  • Natasha House
    2019-03-31 18:27

    This books starts with Reid waking up from a nightmare of a girl named Chloe’s death. Just as he wakes up he gets a phone call that leads him to the body of the killer’s first victim. The killer leads him on a chase and you find yourself getting wrapped up in Reid’s thoughts as he chases this killer all over the place.What I liked: The descriptions in this book are up and beyond! At times I have to say it was a little too descriptive for me. I was like…Wow! Because he describes every detail of stuff to which I only read this book when I wasn’t eating! Lol. His characters are very realistic and driven and keep the story interesting at every turn. You jump between Reid and the killer. I did think to myself one reason why Reid would notice tons of detail was that he was an investigator, so that made sense to me. The killers mind was corrupted, crazy, and lust driven. I found myself getting absorbed in the story, so that I felt like I had to snap out of another world when I had to stop reading. I love books like that!What I was like meh: It was a bit gritty for my taste. Thus the four stars. A lot of sexual assault, lustful stuff, and swearing. The killer is one messed up dude!! So warning, not for the faint of heart!I really thought Red Island was excellent though! It was well thought out, character development was great, and overall an excellent story!

  • Karen
    2019-04-11 20:16

    By Karen H. Vaughan "potluckprincess" (Peterboro Ontario canada)(REAL NAME) This review is from: Red Island (The Sgt. Reid Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)Sgt. Reid is an RCMP homicide detective wrapped up in a brutal serial killer case. He is an obsessed work aholic which leads to trouble at home. The murders are violent and the suspense is taut in the race to stop a viciously twisted killer.Red Island is a page turner full of suspense for every fan of the genre. Lorne Oliver is a fresh Canadian voice of writing today. Keep reading.A 5 star read and 2 thumbs up for exceptional writing.

  • Rose Mclaughlin
    2019-03-30 17:26

    Great story!I loved the story,I actually wished you had written about the last case that Reid was on! I loved the suspense and that he has a complex personality. The story was intense and the killer was so cold I couldn't wait to get to see how it ended. Cannot wait to read the next book with Sgt Reid in it!

  • David Gilchrist
    2019-04-11 21:11

    If you like your crime tense, bloody and gruesome. Red Island as it all. Set on Prince Edward Island Canada, a few minor typos. The writer describes the locations and the characters very well indeed. I will read more from this author.

  • Jessica Pichula
    2019-03-25 20:09

    I loved this book. The gut wrenching descriptions kept me turning page after page,I couldnt put it down. The plot twists would leave my mind wandering until I picked the book back up and kept reading. All around great book for anyone into gory serial killer crime books.

  • Lorne Oliver
    2019-04-05 17:25