Nine people all book into the Tranquillum spa for a wellness retreat. From the family looking to escape the pain of their son’s death, to the lottery winning couple who found that money wasn’t everything, to Frances, the romance novelist who fell for an internet scammer, they all have their own reasons for needing to escape from it all. However, soon after arriving it becomes apparent that the retreat will contain some extreme and unusual practises. Masha, Tranquillum House’s owner is fanatical about her techniques and some of her wellness strategies seem unusual to say the least. The 5 day silence and fasting seem just about manageable to the guests, but as Masha becomes more out of control, the guests begin to worry for their safety.
I’ve read a few of Moriarty’s previous novels (Big Little Lies is amazing!) and thought this one sounded interesting, although a little different from her previous books. It was a gripping story and there was a pleasing twist towards the end. I particularly enjoyed the characterisation within this novel, and the fact that we are given multiple protagonists mean that we are able to empathise with almost all of them.
Definitely a book I’d recommend, although please note that there are storylines around the impact of suicide and child death, which could be upsetting for some.