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The Writing Retreat: A New York Times bestseller

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This is wild,” I told Pete, attempting to distract myself as we joined the back of the signing line.

A claustrophobic and propulsive thriller exploring the dark side of female relationships and fame, The Writing Retreat is the unputdownable debut novel from a compelling new talent. She’d been assigned to train me as an assistant, though she’d been working at the educational publishing company only a few months longer than me.Pete and I had only started hanging out outside work recently, and while part of me enjoyed his unselfconsciously affable personality, another part was bereft.

Finally, I wanted to explore the idea of channeling; oftentimes writing fiction does feel like that, when you see scenes in your head and hurry to capture them on the page. Whether one is inside Alex’s head or experiencing the weird dynamics of the retreat, there is always entertainment for the reader.I was highly anticipating this book especially as the synopsis said the book would be claustrophobic! Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense.

THE WRITING RETREAT is a sexy, thrilling, compulsive mediation on art and competition amongst women who ought to be sisters, only something malignant gets in the way. I was also inspired by books that focus on the act of writing in the midst of disturbing circumstances, particularly MISERY by Stephen King and THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz. I expected the interpersonal drama, which will always happen with a group of unrelated women living together under one roof, and frankly, I was living for that.

I found myself amazed at how quickly the rug is pulled from the reader’s feet and once you think you’re stable and understanding something is happening, the situation shifts again. That is, until she comes face to face with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the exclusive month long writing retreat with the famed horror author, Roza Vallo. Suffice to say, it wasn't my "glass of drugged wine" or even water The two stars are mine for finishing this absurd book.

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