My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Many thanks to Net Galley, Thomas & Mercer, and the author for a chance to read and review this book.
The blurb was so exciting that I had to, u know had to download it from Net Galley. It had been a while that I had read about mysteries with cults too!
The central part of the story that has a detective Lindsay investigating the death of a young woman was brilliantly plotted. The story that begins with a woman who has just recently given birth and is surely showing signs of postpartum depression is the first witness to the scene, but that is just a random scene that has no impact on the story whatsoever. It is exactly how the story then begins developing, Lindsay has to manage the trauma of her mentor partner having committed suicide and look into a complex case that is tied to something that occurred 20 yrs. ago. The story alternates between the past and the present haphazardly which I had no problem following but the POV’s that moves the story forward are too numerous to count.
I wish the devious plot could have unraveled with investigative procedures through Lindsay rather than the way it is described in the novel, coz the thrill of secrets tumbling out never happens. There’s no excitement or any tension in the story, everything feels flat and devoid of feel, which was sad coz this could have more spectacular in my opinion.
Despite this, I loved the suspense of the story and the whole twisty surprises that bind all the characters together but just hoped for a more gripping impact!
Glamorous messiah or charlatan? A mask of beauty hides deadly secrets in #1 New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author Gregg Olsen’s mesmerizing novel of suspense.
In the Pacific Northwest, police officer Lindsay Jackman is investigating the murder of a young journalist found at the bottom of a ravine. Lindsay soon learns that the victim was writing an exposé. Her subject: a charismatic wellness guru who’s pulled millions into her euphoric orbit…
To hear Marnie Spellman tell it, when she was a child, a swarm of bees lifted her off the ground and toward the sunlight, illuming her spiritual connection with nature—an uncanny event on which Marnie built a cosmetics empire and became a legend, a healer, and the queen of holistic health and eternal beauty. In her inner circle is an intimate band of devotees called the Hive. They share Marnie’s secrets of success—including one cloaked in darkness for twenty years.
Determined to uncover the possibly deadly mysteries of the group, Lindsay focuses her investigation on Marnie and the former members of the Hive, who are just as determined to keep Lindsay from their secrets as they are to maintain their status.
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