My review of another mainstream book I picked up, my curiosity having been sparked by Amazon turning it into a TV series
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Frances is the author of nineteen romance novels, but she’s twice divorced and had just been duped by an internet scammer. She wants to make some changes in her life – including losing a little weight here and there – so she has booked into a health and wellness retreat for a 10-day ‘cleanse’ that promises to ‘change her life’.
One of a group of nine, which includes a family struggling to deal with emotional issues, a lottery-winning young couple being torn apart by their unexpected wealth, plus some singles with their own varied issues, they put their lives in the hands of Masha, who promises they will leave the retreat as ‘different people’.
Not wishing to give any spoilers, as a large part of the enjoyment of this book is in discovering the secrets each individual is hiding, including Masha, I will say that for me this went in a totally unforeseen direction, and I was left amused and satisfied by the irony of the endings for each of the nine. Different? Definitely. Quite what they were expecting? Not so much.
I really enjoyed the writing. I hadn’t passed page 1, before this description made me smile: ‘She wore a tailored business suit like a punishment, the jacket uncomfortably tight across her shoulders’. My only surprise was the over-abundance of exclamation marks! Frequently several to a page! After a while, I got used to them, I just found them unnecessary and a little distracting.
Overall, an enjoyable, if somewhat unrealistic, read.
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I see a rake of recent 1* reviews, largely based on how unbelievable the second half is. I can understand that – I had a fair few ‘Oh get real!’ moments, but it didn’t destroy my enjoyment – as a reader of SFF I’m well used to suspending disbelief!
Have you read it, or seen the series on Amazon Prime? What did you think?