Beneath the Marigolds by Emily C. Whitson

Person peeking through hole titled "Thriller"
"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an exciting, mysterious, and crazy story! I loved the secluded setting and the surprising twists!

This thriller is told through two alternating view. We have Reese who is always on the hunt for her next Mr. Right, and then we have Ann. Ann and Reese are friends, but have quite different personalities. When Reese gets an invitation to an exclusive singles retreat on a private island, she jumps at the chance. Reese has soon mysteriously disappeared, and Ann heads to the retreat to figure out what has happened to her.

The characters were great in this one! Ann is very methodical and I liked her perspective as she tried to figure out what happened to Reese. Reese felt distinctly different from Ann. Reese was flippant and a bit immature at times. It made their characters feel very individualized and gave a great separation between each of their perspectives.

I thought this was an interesting and intriguing mystery. I enjoyed the choices the author made on how to tell the story, and I would recommend it for readers that enjoy dual-perspective thrillers!

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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.

Just the Facts:

Beneath the Marigolds by Emily C. Whitson
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: CamCat Books
Pub Date: September 21, 2021

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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