Beneath the Marigolds
by Emily C. Whitson
October 1-31, 2021 Virtual Book Tour
Playing on our universal fascination with reality TV, Emily C. Whitson’s Beneath the Marigolds is The Bachelor(ette) gone terribly wrong.
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.
Praise for Beneath the Marigolds:
"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
"Exhilarating twists and turns...a fast-paced psychological thriller that mashes up the reality series The Bachelor with Gone Girl." — Helen Power, author of The Ghosts of Thorwald Place
"A fun, propulsive read...this book cleverly combines the archetypes of "reality TV" and the "trapped-on-a-remote-island" mystery that will perpetually keep you guessing." — Marcy McCreary, author of The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon
While dating reality shows are often annoying, they're not harmful to ones health.... usually. When Ann's friend goes missing from a singles island retreat, it's up to Ann to uncover the truth. Has Reese become the Bachelorette, or is there something far more sinister brewing on this Love Island?
Though I am not a fan of dating shows, I loved this book. In fact, I would watch a behind the scenes of dating shows if this was how they actually run. The book is told from alternating POVs between Ann and Reese, along with different timeframes - a personal favorite of mine. Ann did a great job of investigating and there was just enough mystery to make you question what was truly happening. Can't get too far into it without spoilers, but it's a fast-paced, well-written read with lots of twists and drama.
Side note - the hardback just feels incredible. I'm not sure what it was, but it just had a smooth, almost velvety texture to it.
I definitely recommend this one. Just remember, Love is Blind... but also deadly.
Thank you to PICT for an ARC. All opinions are my own.
Published by: CamCat Books
Publication Date: September 21st 2021
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 0744304202 (ISBN13: 9780744304206)
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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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