One luxury retreat in the middle of nowhere. Ten days in which no one can leave. Nine strangers seeking perfection. And each discovering the perfect lie…
The front cover of this book really gave me love island vibes, but it definitely not like love island at all. Each chapter is from a different character’s perspective. When I first started reading the book I got quite confused cos the chapters didn’t link to each other but that was only because you was getting to know the context and background of each character. Once you get more into the book it all links together and then flows from chapter to chapter even with the character changes.
As you’re told from the title the story is about nine strangers: Ben, Jessica, Francis, Tony, Carmel, Lars, Zoe, Heather and Napoleon. There are also 3 other main characters called: Masha, Deliah and Yao. The story is focused on the nine ‘strangers’ who sign up for a wellness retreat to improve a certain aspect of their lifestyle.
With each chapter you begin to learn more about each character, seeing their individual personalities bloom and blossom as the story progresses. Each character/group of characters are facing different issues such as; marriage problems, a family bereavement, career being stuck in a rut and a divorcee wanting to lose weight. But being at this retreat unites them all.
The book is gripping and you get hooked on all the drama that unfolds, I didn’t think I would enjoy it at first but was pleasantly surprised a few chapters later I wasn’t able to put the book down!
I would safely rate it a 5/5, as the ending was even brilliant which I don’t often say about books I’ve read.
So if you’re into books, definitely give this a go! You won’t be disappointed.