What a tricky book to review! The premise is of course intriguing – 9 strangers arrive at health resort Tranquillium House, each for various reasons.
The 9 characters all are incredibly well written. In fact, the characters are the reason I kept reading, because the plot just felt…lacking. Like, nothing happened. It was thoroughly dull. By the time I’d reached the midpoint, all the characters had done was drink a bunch of smoothies and engage in internal dialogue, as their first five days were in silence. There are no stakes, no tension, no suspense to really pull you through the book.
And yet, I did like the characters. I enjoyed watching them develop and grow. Perhaps a good book for those who like slow-drawn, character-driven stories, but if you’re looking for pacing or plot, this might not be the one for you.