There's a reason why the slow-burn claustrophobia of a hotel or retreat works so well as the setting for a character-driven novel. Liane Moriarty wrote Big Little Lies, and her new book Nine Perfect Strangers is our hot ticket for this week. Plus, four more retreat-based novels to crack on with once you're finished.
Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty (Michael Joseph)
Nine people are attending an upscale health retreat for various reasons - their health, their weight, professional burn out or 'merely' a broken heart. The only problem is that the retreat director seems to be.. not okay. With more than a nod to Hotel du Lac, we slowly discover the stories behind the guests and hosts alike. No-one writes about the minutiae of women's lives with quite as much insight and pull as Moriarty (who wrote Big Little Lies) and yet again her slow-burn plotting leaves you gasping at the very end. I'm jealous of anyone who hasn't read this yet.
Further reading set on retreats…