This eagerly-anticipated new novel from the worldwide Number One bestselling author behind Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO series ‘Big Little Lies’ follows nine strangers with a variety of differing emotional and physical needs united at a health-and-wellness retreat that hides a dark agenda beneath it’s glamorous façade... Kerry Fox reads Liane Moriarty’s long awaited new page turner.
an astutely observed skewering of aspirational anxieties and the wellness industry...This is pacey commercial fiction that confidently traverses a wide emotional landscape. If the writing is occasionally cursory, the characters and observations are acute — and often a hoot.
The pleasure here is the skill with which Moriarty inhabits her characters, as she carefully builds the suspense. Take Frances, for example, considering the novel she is reading on the sly (reading is not allowed at Tranquillum House): “The book was meant to be another murder mystery but the author had introduced far too many characters too early, and so far everyone was still alive and kicking. The pace had slowed. Come on now. Hurry up and kill someone,” she urges, as we, too, wait for the axe to fall.
Few authors have Moriarty's talent for multiple narrative, and here she effortlessly handles the characterisation of the nine guests, the resort's evangelical director and two staff members, rendering each one so vividly and compassionately that you feel as if they could be living next door...But the author's greatest skill has always been her meticulous observations on family, friendship and middle-class social life... As we progress past that stark twist and jump forward to the delicious aftermath, Moriarty manages to draw everything together for a deeply and surprisingly satisfying conclusion.