AUTHOR: LIANE MORIARTY • GENRE: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 512 • RRP: $32.99 • RELEASE DATE: 18th September 2018• PUBLISHER: PAN MACMILLAN
The ten-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline . . .
Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?
This book felt a bit different to the previous Moriarty books I have read. It still had that same layer of suspense, actually probably even more suspense but I think the setting is probably thing that sets it apart (pun not intended). All the characters are centralised in this “retreat” so we don’t see them go about their day-to-day lives and gain our understanding of them in that regard. Instead we discover who they are as people by how they react to the situation that they have found themselves in and their internal dialogue. I really enjoyed this change of setting even if the “retreat” sounds like a bloody nightmare!
The plot at times borders on ridiculous but never out of the realms of possible. Moriarty has done a fantastic job pushing the boundaries of the retreat and Masha, the questionable owner operator.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I don’t want to ruin it for others but I can say that it is thoroughly entertaining. I can say that the characters are perfection as you would expect from this stellar author. How she manages to write such varied characters so well is beyond me. Simply put, fantastic!
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕☕☕￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ 5/5 teacups
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Happy reading x