“He could find hatred in his heart for her, too, if he went looking for it. The secret of a happy marriage was not to go looking for it.”
Nine people arrive at a health retreat for a ten-day life renovation. But the owner may be a little more obsessed with their transformations than they bargained for. For a complete summary, you can go here.
TL;DR: Interesting story, but too many perspectives left me knowing too little about too many characters.
Full Review: It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that begs me to drop everything and read. Thank you, Liane Moriarty, for always coming to the rescue. Moriarty excels at character development in all of her books, but nine plus perspectives was a bit too daunting. So I ended up feeling like I knew a lot of random facts and interests about a lot of the characters, but I would have rather focused on a few of the characters in more depth.
This book is like Saw if it took place in a new age health retreat. So maybe Saw crossed with Couples Retreat. Wanna play a game? I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. Moriarty has a few books that are more chick lit, like What Alice Forgot, while most are mysteries with a little bit of humor (usually campy) thrown in such as Big Little Lies or The Husband’s Secret. So I assumed this was going to be a mystery. It did have a tiny thriller/mystery element near the end, but it took too long to get there. I think I expected a little more than what I got.
Overall, it was an enjoyable story and something unique. The imagery was fun and the set-up reminded me of And Then There Were None. I enjoyed some of the foreshadowing from one of the characters who is a writer talking about story elements. It’s definitely not my favorite Moriarty book, but I will still recommend it. I feel like my expectations for Moriarty’s new releases are set way too high, which sets me up for a let-down. So maybe someone new to her books will have a different opinion. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“You never changed your appearance for men. You changed it for other women. Because they were the ones carefully tracking each others weight and skin tone along with their own. They were the ones trapped with you on the ridiculous appearance obsession merry go round that they couldn't or wouldn't get off."