Reviews & Ramblings

Review: The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

Published by Allen and Unwin, 4th August, 2020

Gripping and thought provoking from the first page, The Erasure Initiative, will have you on the edge of your seat, determined to find the answers to all of Cecilys questions.

Lili Wilkinson has a way of writing that gives you just enough information to keep you hooked. It is suspenseful and clever. Wilkinson presents us with an endless stream of ethical and moral dilemmas, she makes us question ourselves as well as the characters. It is psychologically gripping.

The Erasure Initiative, keeps you on he edge of your seat, keeps your brain running at a million miles an hour trying to work out what is happening and who is telling the truth. These characters are so complex and throw in the added idea of them having their memories wiped, it adds a layer of unknowing, there is no predictability to them at all.

The ending was bitter sweet. Yes we get to see what is truly behind The Erasure Initiative, the technology and the person behind it. And we get to see Cecily stay true to herself and finally be happy. But it is done in such a way that the reader will forever be guessing, wondering if Cecily made it to her beachside cottage.

The ending was a little anti-climactic. It was evident, pretty early on that none of them were making it off of that island in one piece. I felt as though there was a build up, just for it to all fall apart. Like we were encouraged to think our protagonists might stand a chance. Which is amazing writing on Wilkinsons’ part, but devastating for the reader.

Fast paced and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire book. Characters, so complex you won’t know if you love or hate them and an original concept done with incredible flair for psychological thrilling. The Erasure Initiative is a must read.

Thank you so much to the team at Allen & Unwin for sending me out a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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