Beneath the Marigolds
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Ann, a successful lawyer, infiltrates an exclusive single’s retreat on a remote island off the coast of Hawaii, risking everything to find her close friend Reese, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, only to realize that she herself may never get off the island alive.
Playing on our universal fascination with reality TV, Emily Whitson’s Beneath the Marigolds is the Bachelor(ette) gone terribly wrong.
Reese Marigold saved Ann Stone from a life of addiction by introducing Ann to AA and serving as her sponsor in recovery. Despite their differences—Reese is a hopeless romantic, while Ann is a no-nonsense attorney—the women remain close ten years later. So when Reese goes missing after attending Last Chance, an exclusive singles’ retreat off the coast of Hawaii, Ann infiltrates the retreat.
Quickly, Ann realizes there’s more to Last Chance than meets the eye. With its extravagant clothes, never-ending interviews, and bizarre dates, Ann begins to suspect the retreat is a front for a reality dating show. Could Reese be safe and sound, keeping a low profile until the premier, or did something more sinister occur? As Ann traces Reese’s last known movements, partakes in the unusual “journey,” and meets the other attendees who all have something to hide, she jeopardizes her career, her sanity, and her life to find her missing friend.
Told from the perspective of both Ann and Reese, Beneath the Marigolds is a fast-paced thriller that explores friendship, women in recovery, and the traditional marriage path idealized by today’s numerous dating and relationship reality shows.
“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
“Beneath the Marigolds is a riveting mystery that kept me guessing until the end. ” —From the TBR Pile
“It’s suspenseful and nerve-racking to see these beautiful, intelligent, self-aware women take risks with their very lives. Those who enjoy Reality TV will really like this one!” —Savings in Seconds Blog
“Are you looking for a can’t put down thriller that keeps you guessing all the way through? Then you’ve come to the right place because this book was absolutely that. ” —Blogging with A
“Full of drama and intrigue, Beneath the Marigolds is a haunting tale of friendship and survival. ” —Novels Alive
“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. ” —I Read What You Write Blog