I waited patiently for this book to release. The hardcover edition wasn’t available here (no edition was). I waited a little more. And a little more. And a little more. And just a little more. (fast forward to two months later i grabbed the first copy, quite literally the first copy from the bookshop).
Her books are like jurda parem (got the six of crows reference? no? die then) – you keep craving for more. Every book of hers is like magic. Every book. (try not to fall for it?????)
Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
I savoured it over the winter holidays.
what i liked:
Like all her books, she has her signature way of writing people’s emotions. The characters feel real. And their conflicts feel real, too. There are nine (!!!) POVs and that sort of thing could have easily been all over the place, but Moriarty really has a talent. And she portrays trauma and loss beautifully (i cried before reading this, i cried while reading this, i cried after reading this)
I LOVED Frances the most. And Napolean and Heather. And Zoe. And Ben. Though I felt Lars didn’t have much of a part, so did Jessica. Tony just fell flat for me. Masha creeped the shit outta me at start, but I understand later.
The suspense made me bite my nails – no kidding! And I think the plot was a bit different from her other books but it was okay.
what i didn’t like:
While there was suspense it doesn’t appear well into the book. Maybe I was impatient. But I couldn’t figure out where the plot was going for a long time because half the book was groundwork for all the characters and their backstories (understandable, there are NINE POVs). This book focuses more on the characters tbh. And it was fun to read, don’t get me wrong. But I think this book didn’t have a good balance between plot and characters.
4.5 out of 5