The Resort by M.J. Hardy
When three women win a holiday in a Facebook competition, they think it’s by chance.
When one woman accompanies her husband on business, she thinks she’ll return with him.
Welcome to the resort, where nothing is as it seems.
Invited guests testing the facilities before it opens its doors in one weeks’ time face some uncomfortable truths.
Who will survive the week and who won’t leave at all?
What was it all about
Three women along with their partners won a competition on Facebook and found themselves surrounded by luxury. They were supposed to be beta testing all the facilities of the resort so that it was picture ready for the paying guests.
Each had a story behind them where life had kicked their asses, and they were finding their way around.
How it made me feel
My first thought was if the completion was on Facebook, then it could not be true. There was some nefarious purpose behind it. So I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop on these women.
The women were in contrast to each other, yet bound in the same vein of sadness. I was invested in knowing them.
Moderately gripped into the book I was as there was a feeling of something about to happen in every chapter.
Relatively short book where the pages turned fast. The writing was comfortable, not imbibed in suspense, more like a women’s fiction.
Many incidents happened that caused me to pause and feel the trickle of suspense in my blood.
The ending revelations were explosive which gave my heart the vengeance it needed.
Words chosen were quite pedestrian. It lacked the power that should have been present to give the right atmosphere to the book.
The characters sometimes behaved weirdly. One of them especially behaved like a pendulum, swaying to and fro in her decisions, despite being abused by her partner. She kept telling me that he was mean to her and had roving eyes, yet when he smiled at her, she fell in love with him. Why couldn’t women in books be stronger?
The ending was quite rushed where the epilogue tied up all the threads that were snipped in the last reveals.
It was still a fun book to read as I was curious about the women. Well, so much so that I downloaded her next book.
Publication Date: March 2021
I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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