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Nine perfect strangers
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Frances Welty (Female), Romance writer, Formerly best-selling romantic novelist; has a bad back; and a broken heart
Life changes
Romance writers
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Despite a frustrating check-in experience leading to doubts over whether to stay at Tranquillum House or return home, romance writer Frances Welty is intrigued enough by the remote Australian health resort's owner, staff, and eight fellow guests to stay. Frances ruminates upon the reason(s) the guests, owner, and staff have for attending (and holding) the ten-day retreat. The person who intrigues her the most is the strange and charismatic owner of the resort, but Frances isn't sure whether to put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer, or run while she still can? The book is long, but Moriarty (Big Little Lies) effectively places the listener in Frances's mind. Caroline Lee's nicely paced, clear, distinct speech and British accent suits this Australia-set novel. Lee does an admirable job of differentiating among all characters' voices-particularly male voices and the owner's Russian accent. Verdict Loaded with suspenseful psychological thrills, comedy, and dark humor, this genre-crossing work will appeal to a wide range of listeners as it is a little bit Maeve Binchy, Dean Koontz, and Lisa Scottoline. ["The story drags a bit in the middle, but the last third is on fire, with intense issues and a roller-coaster plot that will leave readers breathless": LJ 11/15/18 review of the Flatiron: Macmillan hc.]-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Send a motley crew of hurting but comfortably heeled Aussies to a secluded resort for a pricey 10-day "Mind and Body Total Transformation Retreat" and what happens? In this cannily plotted, continually surprising, and frequently funny page-turner from bestseller Moriarty (Big Little Lies), nothing like the restorative reset they're anticipating. The nine guests at Tranquillum House include middle-aged romance writer Frances Welty, her normal spunkiness shaken by recent personal and professional setbacks, and 20-year-old Zoe Marconi, there with her parents on the anniversary of the family tragedy that shattered their lives. What they haven't reckoned on is Tanquillum House's messianic but precariously stable director, whose secret agenda could be dangerous to their health. It would be unsporting to disclose more about Moriarty's largely endearing cast, since her progressive revelations about them contribute so much toward making this such a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner. Author tour. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
#1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorEditor's Choice #2 TitleNine people gather at a remote health resort -- some to lose weight, some to reboot their life, some for reasons they can't even admit to themselves. Amidst the luxury and pampering, mindfulness and meditation, they know it might involve some real work. But none could have imagined how challenging their stay is going to be.
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