You come to the retreat to be healed. You don’t expect to die.

Two years ago, Fran’s sister Jenna disappeared on a wellness retreat in Gozo that went terribly wrong.

Tom Wade, the now infamous man behind Soul Shrink Retreats, has just been released from prison after serving his sentence for the deaths of two people. But he has never let on what happened to the third victim: Jenna.

Determined to find out the truth, Fran books herself onto his upcoming retreat – the first since his release – and finds herself face to face with the man who might hold the key to her sister’s disappearance. The only question is, will she escape the retreat alive? Or does someone out there want Jenna’s secrets to stay hidden?

My Review

Another exciting book from best selling author of psychological fiction – C L Taylor. The story is told from the point of view of three of the characters – Jenna, two years earlier, who disappeared after two people died at a SoulShrink wellness retreat in Gozo, Malta; Fran her much older sister, now, who is determined to uncover the truth and salve her guilty conscience; and Kate, who runs SoulShrink with her charismatic husband Tom.

Following the deaths, Tom went to prison, but he is out now and Kate is already planning their return to their former glory. She’s been tweeting and promoting and getting the punters back on board. Tom is not so keen.

Fran’s mother Geraldine has persuaded Fran to go on the SoulShrink retreat in the UK and find out what really happened to Jenna. Was she murdered, despite the verdict of suicide? Her body was never found. Fran will go incognito as she doesn’t want Tom or Kate to know she is Jenna’s sister and what she is up to. Strangely three of the original people on the Gozo retreat are back on this one – Renata, Damian and Phoenix.

There are so many twists and turns in this book it made my head spin at times. Occasionally it was a bit far-fetched and crazy but I really enjoyed it. Did I like the characters? I did like Fran though she is very brusque and cold. The one I just couldn’t decide about was Tom. This is a book that really benefited from being read with a book club as it really invited discussion along the way.

Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.

About the Author

C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of eight gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 – THE ACCIDENT / Before I Wake (U.S.)
2015 – THE LIE
2016 – THE MISSING
2017 – THE ESCAPE
2018 – THE FEAR
2019 – SLEEP
2020 – STRANGERS
2021 – HER LAST HOLIDAY

She has also written two Young Adult thrillers, THE TREATMENT and THE ISLAND, which will be published in January 2021.


C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 25 languages and optioned for TV.

Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014. She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.

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