Beneath The Marigolds is an intense psychological mystery thriller. It is told in two narratives. One in flashback by the romantic Reese and the other in the present by no nonsense Ann. It is a tension laden tale with so many intricate layers peeling back one by one until the mystery unravels in an unexpected twist at the end. Damaged, flawed, and fully human, these leading ladies pour off the written page pulling the reader into their spiraling out of control worlds.
Nothing at the Last Chance resort is what it seems to be, and then even that observation seems to be a little off. With no way of knowing what or whom to trust, steadily the dual storyline merges into a single story that takes the reader to the edge. The book never loses sight of the connection between Ann and Reese, the friendship they have developed over the shared bond of alcoholism. The mystery plays out in a dizzying way, keeping the reader off kilter warily reading between the lines to see what is lurking beneath the surface of paradise, inspiring the need to read just one more page, just one more chapter.
I am looking forward to reading more from this author
I received an advance review copy for free from Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Beneath the Marigolds
by Emily C. Whitson
October 1-31, 2021 Virtual Book Tour
Playing on our universal fascination with reality TV, Emily C. Whitson’s Beneath the Marigolds is The Bachelor(ette) gone terribly wrong.
When her best friend, Reese Marigold, goes missing after attending Last Chance, an exclusive singles’ retreat on a remote island off the coast of Hawaii, no-nonsense lawyer Ann Stone infiltrates the retreat.
Ann quickly realizes there’s more to Last Chance than meets the eye. The extravagant clothes, never-ending interviews, and bizarre dates hint that the retreat is a front for a reality dating show. Could Reese be safe, keeping a low profile until the premier, or did something sinister occur after all?
Torn between the need to uncover the truth and her desperate desire to get off the island, Ann partakes in the unusual routines of the “journey to true love” and investigates the other attendees who all have something to hide. In a final attempt to find Reese on the compound, she realizes that she herself may never get off the island alive.
Praise for Beneath the Marigolds:
“Cleverly plotted…Whitson’s debut novel is an intriguing new entry in the women’s suspense genre, driven by dual first-person narrators and tension-filled parallel timelines.”— Carmen Amato, Silver Falchion Award Finalist and author of The Detective Emilia Cruz Mystery Series
“Exhilarating twists and turns…a fast-paced psychological thriller that mashes up the reality series The Bachelor with Gone Girl.” — Helen Power, author of The Ghosts of Thorwald Place
“A fun, propulsive read…this book cleverly combines the archetypes of “reality TV” and the “trapped-on-a-remote-island” mystery that will perpetually keep you guessing.” — Marcy McCreary, author of The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon
Published by: CamCat Books
Publication Date: September 21st 2021
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 0744304202 (ISBN13: 9780744304206)
Read an excerpt:
Emily Whitson received a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as a marketing copywriter for six years before pursuing a career in fiction and education. She is currently getting her M.Ed. at Vanderbilt University, where she writes between classes. She is particularly passionate about women’s education and female stories. This interest stems from her time at Harpeth Hall, an all-girls college preparatory school in Nashville, Tennessee. When she isn’t volunteering, writing, or in the classroom, Emily can usually be found with her dog, Hoss, in one of Nashville’s various parks. Beneath the Marigolds is her debut novel.
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