Island of Secrets
Rachel Rhys

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Narrated By: Sara Alexander

Duration: 10 hours and 47 minutes

What to expect

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'Rachel Rhys should be on everyone's summer reading lists' CLARE MACKINTOSH

Set in the exotic city of Havana on the cusp of revolution, an English woman discovers mystery, romance and scandal in the atmospheric new novel by Rachel Rhys for fans of Dinah Jeffries, Lucinda Riley and Santa Montefiore

Say, wouldn’t it be a gas if all of us here are pretending to be something we’re not?

1957: Iris Bailey is bored to death of working in the typing pool and living with her parents in Hemel Hempstead. A gifted portraitist with a talent for sketching guests at parties, she dreams of becoming an artist. So she can’t believe her luck when wealthy socialite Nell Hardman invites her to Havana to draw at the glittering wedding of her Hollywood director father.

Iris is thrilled to escape to a faraway city by the sea. But she soon realizes that the cocktails, tropical scents and azure skies mask a darker reality. As Cuba teeters on the edge of revolution and Iris’s heart melts for troubled photographer Joe, she discovers that someone in the charismatic Hardman family is hiding a terrible secret. Can she uncover the ugly truth behind the glamour and the dazzle before all their lives are torn apart?

PRAISE FOR RACHEL RHYS:

'Intoxicating' SANTA MONTEFIORE
'Transporting' SUNDAY TIMES
'A fabulous summer read' DAILY EXPRESS
'Escapist fun' SUNDAY EXPRESS
'Delicious' SARRA MANNING

©Rachel Rhys 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Genre

Historical fiction, Historical crime & mysteries

Listen to a sample

Darkly seductive and laced with intrigue

THE SUN

Intoxicating as a stiff Mojito

SUNDAY MIRROR

Transports us to another time and place. I loved it!

NINA POTTELL, PRIMA

A glamorous cocktail of gangsters and good eggs that shimmers and simmers in the heat of 1950s Havana. Intoxicating and thrilling

VERONICA HENRY

Iris is a heroine you’ll absolutely root for in this escapist tale of murder, intrigue and romance