Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This was a dark mystery/thriller centered around five women’s attendance at a writing retreat with a famously reclusive writer. Once at the retreat location, they discover they need to complete an entirely new novel during their stay. They are given a strict writing schedule and seemingly impossible daily deadlines, but if they succeed, the winner will get a seven figure publishing deal and the mentor’s stamp of approval. It’s every woman for herself – until they start to die.

This book started off really promising and I was hooked from the start. It didn’t take me long to figure out the major twist, but I kept reading because I wanted to see how the author got there. But, the story kept getting weirder and stranger and eventually lost its lustre for me. If you’re looking for a quick, entertaining escape, this book definitely delivers. Just be ready to suspend all belief and hang on for a trippy ride.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Atria/Emily Bestler Books. All opinions are my own.