Format Read: Paperback
Source: Library Book
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Publication Date: 7th March 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“One house. Nine strangers. Ten days that will change everything . . .
The retreat at health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation.
Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages.
Miles from anywhere, without cars or phones, they have no way to reach the outside world. Just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other.
Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission. But quite a different one from any the guests might have imagined.
For behind the retreat’s glamorous facade lies a dark agenda.
These nine perfect strangers have no idea what’s about to hit them . . . “
This was the first book by Moriarty that I buddy read with my best friend. We both wanted to read the book before we started watching the adaption.
The book follows nine strangers who all check into a well-being retreat called Tranquillam House. Tranquillam House promises that they will all leave feeling rejuvenated. However, things don’t turn out to be calming and rejuvenating, instead, it turns out to be a hell of a 10-day break that none of them will forget.
I thought the first half of the book was better written than the second. The first half flowed better and was more entertaining. In the second half things started going a little crazy and things started to feel disjointed in places, and at times the plot felt unrealistic. There are a few plot twists thrown in but I found them quite predictable.
I’m not too sure about the characters I mean I found them interesting but like the story, they changed as the story progresses and I started to lose interest in most of them. The only character I liked all the way through was Francies. Her character was the one I felt was the most developed and she turned out to be my favourite character as she was the most entertaining.
Now let’s talk about the mixed feelings I have about the ending. Again I found it predictable and had worked out what would happen to the characters, but at the same time answering a couple of questions about Marsha.
Overall not a bad read but not exactly what I was hoping for. I will probably give another one of Moriarty’s books ago soon.
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