1 star review
Thank you so much to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I have a feeling this is going to be a very unpopular opinion about this book. I was very excited to read this book after hearing numerous great things about the author Emily Carpenter and her past books. I myself have never read anything by her nor heard of her so I was excited when I received this.
This book is about Erin who is reeling after the sudden death of her husband. Left to deal with a successful tech company and a college bound daughter on her own, Erin starts to disconnect from everyone. When her friends and family suggest spending some time at a wellness spa in the Caribbean islands Erin feels she has no choice but to go. While her daughter Shorie is trying to deal with college and uncover what’s going on within the tech company Erin starts to realize that the resort isn’t aiming for her to get better, they’re trying to make her disappear.
Honestly I had pretty high expectations for this book after hearing everyone talk about how good it is. I unfortunately did not like it one bit. It reminded me of Liane Moriarty’s “Nine Perfect Strangers” which, by the way, I hated that book also. The situations and events that occurred are so far-fetched and over the top you honestly can’t believe it’s really happening. And then when you get to the end of the book and figure out who’s behind the crime and why they did it, you realize how truly over the top this book is.
After reading this horrible book I started looking to Emily Carpenter’s other books and am I the only one that noticed they’re pretty much all the same? Almost every book has to do with a husband, wife, or parent dying and then shady things happening on a foreign island. Can we not have an original thought and not repeat the same book over and over again just with different characters? Sorry to sound so crass but I honestly feel like I wasted my time reading this book.