In this thoughtful novel set on a sun-baked island, Adrian Hartman, the charismatic director of the Serendipity holiday community, is responsible for ensuring the perfect mindful break, with personal growth and inner peace guaranteed. People return year after year to bare their souls. For some, Adrian IS Serendipity. But Adrian disappears, and with him goes the serenity of his staff and guests, who are bewildered without their leader. The hostility of the local villagers is beginning to boil over. Is their anger justified or are the visitors, each in a different way, just paranoid?
As romance turns sour and conflict threatens the stability of both communities, everyone has to find their own way to survive. This evocative story explores the decisions of adults who still need to come of age, the effect of well-intentioned tourism on a traditional community, and the real meaning of getting away from it all.
The most recent review for the book
By David. M. Prosser on 11 May 2017
I won this book in a competition and had no idea what to expect when I started to read it. Let’s start with the resort. A camp named Serendipity has been set up on an unnamed Island where there seems to be some resentment by the locals to both guests and staff at the camp.The camp seems to be geared to the relaxation of it’s guests via various new age occupations like yoga and hypnotherapy but also with an activity geared towards helping would-be writers. This course is managed by Bernard, a seemingly failed writer who is very introverted.
The camp itself is managed by an aging womaniser called Adrian who has a tribe of children between his various exes worldwide. There’s no malice to Adrian and many would consider him a hippy. He has quite a following with the guests at the camp, many of who return just to take part in his courses.His new temporary love interest is a local girl, daughter of the local cafe owners. There would be much resentment if they knew.
The Infinity pool from which the book is titled is built by Adrian to bring together the various guests at the camp. It is largely ignored in the story but does have a large role to play in the book.
Jessica Norrie is expert at creating her characters and showing the interplay between them. We see the further disintegration of civilities between camp and locals at the end of a season and the reaction by the guests at the start of a new season when Adrian doesn’t appear.. Can these ruptures be repaired? If they can, this is the author to do it.
Not my usual genre and not a book I was expecting to enjoy but I’d happily read anything by Ms. Norrie again. 4.5 stars.
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The next review is from Goodreads and is for Cleaved, the latest release by crime and thriller writer Sue Coletta
Author Sage Quintano writes about crime. Her husband Niko investigates it. Together they make an unstoppable team. But no one counted on a twisted serial killer, who stalks their sleepy community, uproots their happy home, and splits the threads that bonds their family unit.
Darkness swallows the Quintanos whole—ensnared by a ruthless killer out for blood. Why he focused on Sage remains a mystery, but he won’t stop till she dies like the others.
Women impaled by deer antlers, bodies encased in oil drums, nursery rhymes, and the Suicide King. What connects these cryptic clues? For Sage and Niko, the truth may be more terrifying than they ever imagined.
The latest review on Goodreads
Anita Dawes rated it 5 stars.
This crime thriller opens with a gripping prologue. A woman is trapped inside a steel drum, terrified for her life. You are instantly there with her, experiencing every gruesome and terrifying moment as she tries to escape.
Somewhere in the Lake Region of New England, a ruthless killer is on the prowl. He needs to kill Sage Quintano, the author wife of the Sheriff, Niko Quintano, but his reason is not clear.
Someone starts to follow Sage, tormenting her with a nursery rhyme and then her world starts to fall apart. I loved the way the chapters alternated sometimes, as the two women in the story, Sage and her husbands female deputy, Frankie Campanelli take turns to build the tension and the story, and you couldn’t have two more different women than these.
I thought the plot and storyline were expertly handled, for despite all the confusing clues I couldn’t tell the guilty from the innocent. The dialogue was handled well, with arguments strongly portrayed and believable. The tension builds gradually, almost painfully so. I read somewhere that the author actually experienced being inside a steel drum, for the sake of realism, I hope!
The interaction with the Quintano dogs, Colt and Ruger, was rather special too, the scene where Sage and the dogs comfort one another was really moving.
I would have preferred an English vocabulary, as some of the terms used were unfamiliar to me. And I’m not sure about the over description of the maggots!
I will be reading Marred, the first book in this series, as I know I will enjoy that one too, and I can find out what happened to Sage’s sister…
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