The Last Resort Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
“Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.” (Pam Jenoff, New York Times best-selling author of The Orphan’s Tale)
The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the "last resort" offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera.
Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony's intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems - and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out?
As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person - or their marriage - will remain unchanged by what follows.
Marissa Stapley is a journalist and the author of the acclaimed novel Things to Do When It's Raining. She writes pause-resisting, deeply emotional fiction about families, friends, and women's lives. Visit her at marissastapley.com or follow her on Twitter, @marissastapley.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 27 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||June 18 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,694 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#11 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#46 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#75 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Top reviews from Canada
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This was a well-paced story (which I read in less than a day) that engaged me throughout with a solid plot, interesting characters, a great baddie readers will love to hate and an enjoyable Big Little Lies vibe. The only issue I had was that the format took a bit of getting used to. It blends different points of view with celebrity news releases and an interview between an unidentified man and woman. Why this format was used becomes clear to readers towards the end but initially I found it a little confusing.
Overall, this was an entertaining read filled with deceit, secrets and an exciting whodunnit. With its beautiful tropical setting, The Last Resort would make an excellent holiday or summer read.
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Graydon House via NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The prose is tight and intense. The characters are troubled, deceptive, and vulnerable. And the plot, including all the subplots, keep you engrossed from start to finish with a multitude of twists, turns, obsession, deception, jealousy, familial drama, revelations, violence, and murder.
Overall, The Last Resort is an atmospheric, intricately woven, engrossing mystery by Stapley that is highly entertaining and devilishly satisfying.
The story opens with the report of a character’s death, and possible murder. The mystery throughout the story was finding out who killed him. It was so difficult to figure out because most characters had a motive.
Secrets played an important part in this story. All the characters had secrets, which were slowly revealed. At the beginning, they seemed like ordinary people, but their secrets revealed dark pasts. I was pretty shocked, but looking back on hints given through the book, it all makes sense.
The setting played an important part in the story. It was descriptive, with details of the beach and villa, so I could picture the resort vividly. This will be a great beach read for the summer!
I highly recommend this shocking thriller!
Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Last Resort is not the typical murder story. Instead it is a story that highlights some issues for the reader to think about: the grieving process and the loss of a child; the need to embrace ourselves for what we are; the relationship between spouses; abuse in a marriage. These issues are intertwined in a story that is fast-paced and keeps one reading. Stapley keep me feeling a range of emotions while reading her writing; and she kept me engrossed in a story that was more than what I had expected.
The Last Resort is an expertly crafted story that readers of murder mysteries will enjoy. The subtle twists will keep you guessing and the ending will give you a sense of satisfaction.
Top reviews from other countries
― Marissa Stapley, The Last Resort
This book is about the Harmony Resort. Located in Mexico, this stunning resort is right on the ocean and offers an upscale resort experience with a five star restaurant located on premises and breathtaking views of the sea.
Palm trees abound and the luxury bungalows make it certain that this vacation will be one that all visitors remember forever.
OK..Question..would you go to this resort?
But wait..hold on! There are of coarse some rules..strict non negotiable rules.
Couples in dysfunctional relationships only.
Couples in dysfunctional relationships who want to get help with their struggling relationships only.
No cell phones allowed.
No access to outside world.
You must spend your time at Harmony getting to know your partner..and let your partner get to know you!!
You must concentrate on revealing your innermost secrets and thoughts..and your partner must do the same.
This vacation will either make your marriage..or break it.
So come one, come all! Come to the Harmony Resort! All classes are run by reality super couple Grace and Miles. You may have seen them on "The View"? They are a super happy couple who have dedicated THEIR LIVES to helping others and guiding them to experience the magic of a harmonious relationship..one that Grace and Miles have.
For..sigh..it is all a lie..at least the relationship of Grace and Miles is.
These couples will be tested like never before. In a beautiful resort in a tropical paradise. A resort run by a maniac and sexual deviant with a gigantic hurricane barreling towards the island..which of coarse none of the paying guests know about.
Would you go?
Ha! I had wanted to read this for so long..and read I did all last night! While I liked the book, I had some issues too. I rated it a 3.5 of 5. Pretty good rating. A rating of three is tough because that could mean anything from 'I disliked it" to "it was OK".
In this case, it means this was such a fun book but I had to suspend ALOT of disbelief.
Positives..the plot is exactly what I just wrote and oh how I loved it. I am a fan of creepy books like this. I also really felt for some of the characters. Shell is my favorite. I just really connected with her and felt so bad for her.
The descriptive writing was awesome! I felt like I was on vacation myself!
But..the main negative is I did not believe much of what went on. Toward the end, it got a wee bit over the top. What about all the other guests? They did not notice any of this?
I did enjoy this though. It was a fun ride and I think most fans of psychological thrillers will want to read this. I know I am glad I finally did! 3.5 stars to a fun and inventive book.