#BookReview Bad Tourists by Caro Carver @SimonSchusterCA #BadTourists #CaroCarver #SimonSchusterCA Title: Bad Tourists

Author: Caro Carver

Published by: Avid Reader Press on Jul. 9, 2024

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 336

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Simon & Schuster Canada

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Three tight-knit friends embark on an extravagant divorce trip to the Maldives where they can unwind and celebrate a new chapter in midlife—until they realize the resort of their dreams is harboring a killer.

Best friends Darcy, Camilla, and Kate escape for a post-divorce retreat in the Maldives, the perfect place to relax, reset, and embrace a fresh start in life. Darcy is learning how to be a free woman at forty-two. Camilla has found the perfect calling as a fitness and wellness influencer with a devoted following. And Kate is finally working on the book she was meant to write after years of telling other people’s stories.

Their dream getaway? The exclusive and isolated Sapphire Island Resort. With luxurious private villas, crystal-clear waters, and sun-drenched white sand beaches, relaxation is guaranteed. But this is no ordinary friendship, and they’re not the only guests on the island with secrets. Who left the body on the beach—and who’s next?

A propulsive and deliciously dark tale about female friendship, loyalty, and lies, Bad Tourists is a white-hot thriller from the first page to its mind-blowing finish.


Intense, chilling, and complex!

Bad Tourists is a layered, unsettling thriller that delves into the devastating emotional, psychological, and physical effects caused by violence on its victims, as well as their loved ones and highlights just how easily the most heinous of evil can live comfortably amongst us merely hidden behind masks of normality.

The writing is sharp and crisp. The characters are secretive, cunning, and vulnerable. And the plot, told from multiple perspectives, builds quickly creating intensity and suspense as it unravels all the relationships, motivations, personalities, deception, and devious behaviours within it.

Overall, Bad Tourists is, ultimately, a story of lies, secrets, revelations, depravity, manipulation, friendship, violence, and murder. It’s a tight, clever, disturbing thrill ride by Carver that had just the right amount of twists, turns, and surprises to keep me absolutely engrossed from start to finish.

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Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.


About Caro Carver

Caro Carver lives in Scotland with her husband and four children. She is Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, teaches for the Faber Academy and the Curtis Brown Academy, and regularly speaks on panels and hosts events on writing. Caro is happiest when traveling and takes inspiration from her travels to write her books. Bad Tourists is her first book written under the pseudonym of Caro Carver. She is also published as C.J. Cooke for her gothic thrillers.

Photo by Jared Jess-Cooke.