Book Review “The Discarded” by Louis Van Schalkwyk




pages, 279

Publisher Kingsley Publishers


A fast paced thriller you won’t forget!

‘There were many moments where I can honestly say ‘I did not see that coming’’ – Tina Simpson

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.


As a debut book The Discarded certainly packs a punch. There is plenty of action and brilliantly fast paced. Nothing is left to chance in this read. The characters are expertly crafted, making them believable and investable in. I need to feel that I like a character, even those that are essentially bad guys. If they have some redeeming features then I am fully invested and need to know how life turns out for them. This is absolutely the case with The Discarded. A truly compelling read.

There are plenty of twists and turns and just the right level of anticipation to keep you turning the pages. An utterly gripping story that grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until the very last word. The synopsis is just enough to get your attention and makes you want to read this brilliant debut. I can not wait for more.



Louis van Schalkwyk was born in South Africa and currently resides in Hong Kong. “The Discarded” is his debut novel, inspired by years honing his writing skills and drawing influence from his favourite authors. When Louis isn’t writing he enjoys reading and sampling various cuisines with his wife, Courtney.

With Thanks for the Advance Copy to …

Rachel Gilby

Louis Van Schalkwyk

Kingsley Publishers

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