Written by Liane Moriarty
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 . . .
Didn’t Do It For Me …
I was looking forward to this one, working my way towards it with quit high expectations but it just didn’t hit the spot…
Nine busy people head off to a retreat to revitalise; Tranquillum House promises total transformation but in order to achieve this, each of them has to surrender all devices and submit to the chosen dietary offerings. With some dreading the loss of their phones, others missing their daily glass of wine – or two, and the remainder there for their own different reasons this is a group of people from different walks of life with the exception that they can all afford the exorbitant fees they pay for the privilege. In the remote location, these temporary residents have nothing else to do but get to know each other and the staff of the retreat, including the mysterious director.
This novel started well; we met some of the guests on their journey and, little by little, we find out why they’ve decided to get out of the rat race, albeit temporarily. The characters are varied and their back stories are interesting. I was enjoying it up until the end of the fifth day and then, for me, it all started to fall apart and I plodded through the rest. The final few pages bringing us up to date on each character after some time had passed tied everything up neatly – and I do enjoy where everything is finished off with no loose ends. However, this didn’t make up for the central portion of the novel which didn’t gel with me and I intensely disliked. I’ve tried looking at it from different angles but I just can’t get past the uncomfortable feeling I have about the details and how glad I am that I’ve never found myself in the position these guests did. I wonder if it has something to do with my being claustrophobic? For the most part, I found this a very uncomfortable read.
My thanks to Michael Joseph – and imprint of Penguin UK for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1276 KB
- Print Length: 451 pages
- Publisher: Penguin
- Publication Date: 4 October 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon UK
- Amazon US
Meet the Author
Liane has sold over 14 million copies of her books worldwide and her novels have been translated into thirty-nine languages.
She lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter. When she’s not writing she can be found reading, demanding coffee, clutching her forehead and occasionally falling to her knees on the soccer field sidelines (the grief, the joy, the drama!) demanding chocolate, skiing like she’s thirty years younger than she is, recovering from skiing injuries, doing the school run, walking around the block to avoid writer’s block, talking to old friends about getting old, listening to her children explain the wonders of MineCraft, watching TV series far too late into the night and reading, which has already been mentioned, but deserves a second mention.