Louis van Schalkwyk: The Discarded

Today oI’m taking part in the blog tour for The Discarded. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the blog tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.


Ellis Neill wakes up next to his family one morning, just as he had done for the last ten years, unaware that it would be his last taste of freedom.

His life soon spirals out of control and he is cast into a remote prison in the Arctic wilderness where nothing is as it seems, the inmates rule and a sinister figure wants him and his family dead.

Resulting from carefully laid plans he is plunged into a fight for survival, sanity and saving those he loves.


There is no time to be eased gently into The Discarded. It starts with a bang and doesn’t let up until the very end. There is so much tension and I was holding my breath for large parts of this novel! The situation in which Ellis finds himself seems so difficult and I was desperate to find out why these things were happening to him and his family. 

There are quite a few characters to get your head around and they obviously all have a part to play in some way, but the contrast between the officials and the Neill family makes it easier to warm to Ellis and his family and sympathise with them. I was really hoping that things would improve for them and they would get the answers they needed. 

The Discarded has a few different settings as the characters are forced to move around quite frequently. I like that Louis Van Schalkwyk describes everything in quite a lot of detail so it is easy to picture exactly what is going on. I really enjoyed his writing and it is difficult to believe this is a debut novel! 

I look forward to seeing what this author does next! 

The Discarded is available from Amazon.

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