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Pub Date Jun 04 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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The White Lotus meets Agatha Christie in this bold novel from a #1 New York Times bestselling author: a recent divorcee's exclusive Big Sur resort vacation unravels when she discovers a dead body on the day of a wedding, in this “clever, witty and fast-paced whodunit.” (Harlan Coben)

Ellery Wainwright is alone at the edge of the world.
She and her husband, Luke, were supposed to spend their twentieth wedding anniversary together at the luxurious Resort at Broken Point in Big Sur, California. Where better to celebrate a marriage, a family, and a life together than at one of the most stunning places on earth?
But now she’s traveling solo.
To add insult to injury, there’s a wedding at Broken Point scheduled during her stay. Ellery remembers how it felt to be on the cusp of everything new and wonderful, with a loved and certain future glimmering just ahead. Now, she isn’t certain of anything except for her love for her kids and her growing realization that this place, though beautiful, is unsettling.
When Ellery discovers the body of the groom floating in the pool in the rain, she realizes that she is not the only one whose future is no longer guaranteed. Before the police can reach Broken Point, a mudslide takes out the road to the resort, leaving the guests trapped. When another guest dies, it’s clear something horrible is brewing.

Everyone at Broken Point has a secret. And everyone has a shadow. Including Ellery.
The White Lotus meets Agatha Christie in this bold novel from a #1 New York Times bestselling author: a recent divorcee's exclusive Big Sur resort vacation unravels when she discovers a dead body...

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This. Is. The. Perfect. Mystery/Thriller!

Smart and complex characters, interesting setting, a sense of foreboding, a new twist on an old story (wedding) with a thread of a second mystery woven throughout. I just enjoyed every page, every snappy conversation, thoughtful musing and active plot points.

In The Unwedding, Ellery Wainwright has traveled to Big Sur California to spend the week at an incredibly expensive and luxurious hotel that she had booked to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, Ellery is traveling alone, and her husband is watching the children with the help of his new girlfriend. Ellery is dreading the time alone with her thoughts but is hoping to make the best of it. There's a large group at the resort for a glamourous wedding and Ellery meets the lovely bride. No one could guess that the next day a disaster would strike to ruin the wedding!

When a harrowing storm sets upon the area and ends any communication or transportation out, the group is stranded and stuck with only the mystery of what happened to the group. Ellery is haunted by her own flashbacks but begins her own investigation. Join Ellery at the resort - you won't be sorry!
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The Unwedding is a mystery novel. Ellery is going on a special trip at a beautiful, but remote locale. She must sift through her feelings about her messed up past and present while she also goes on the hunt to uncover what really happened to the person who is found dead. She goes on a journey of self discovery, all while there is a killer at large.

This book was great. I admit, I read it within 24 hours. I loved the descriptions of the location. I enjoyed the development of Ellery's character and the portrait of the other resort guests. I didn't know anything about the story before I cracked it open and I absolutely loved the story slowly unfolding before me. The ending was highly satisfying, though very bittersweet. You will be rooting for Ellery the whole time.

I highly recommend this book.

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I loved this! I enjoyed the vibes and the setting. The murder mystery aspect was fun. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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In this captivating read, the author masterfully weaves a narrative that is both engaging and thought-provoking. Through a blend of richly developed characters and a meticulously crafted plot, the book offers a unique exploration of its central themes, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the story's depth and complexity. The narrative is paced perfectly, balancing moments of intense action with thoughtful reflection, ensuring that readers are hooked from the first page to the last. The author's ability to evoke emotion and create a vivid, immersive world is truly remarkable, making this book a must-read for anyone looking for an exceptional literary experience.

Beyond its compelling storyline, the book stands out for its insightful commentary on the human condition, weaving philosophical questions into the fabric of its narrative. The author's skillful use of language not only enriches the text but also elevates the reader's experience, offering new perspectives on familiar themes. Whether it's the intricate dynamics of relationships, the exploration of identity, or the confrontation with ethical dilemmas, this book tackles complex issues with sensitivity and intelligence. It's a testament to the power of storytelling to illuminate the nuances of life, making it a valuable addition to any book lover's collection. Regardless of genre, this is a work that resonates on multiple levels, affirming the enduring impact of well-crafted literature.

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In 'The Unwedding,' Ally Condie delivers a captivating adult fiction debut that blends the allure of 'The White Lotus' with the intrigue of an Agatha Christie mystery. The story revolves around Ellery Wainwright, navigating the aftermath of her recent divorce as she embarks on what was supposed to be a celebratory vacation at the exclusive Resort at Broken Point in Big Sur.

The setting, described as one of the most stunning places on earth, becomes the backdrop for an unexpected turn of events when Ellery stumbles upon a dead body on the day of a scheduled wedding. The tension escalates as the guests find themselves trapped by a mudslide, and secrets unravel in the isolated resort.

Condie masterfully weaves a tale of uncertainty, suspense, and the complexities of human relationships. The characters, each harboring their own secrets and shadows, contribute to the overall sense of unease. As the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that Broken Point holds more than just breathtaking views – it harbors dark mysteries that threaten everyone's future.

A must-read for those who enjoy a blend of atmospheric storytelling, mystery, and the exploration of hidden truths

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I loved this book! Closed circle mysteries are one of my favorite tropes so The Unwedding was right up my alley. The characters were so well done. They were distinct and complex. I liked most of them, but I especially loved Ellery and Ravi. It was fun to read about their amateur sleuth investigation. The pace of this novel was just right. Slow enough that you get to know the characters, but not so slow that you are bored. The isolated resort setting was perfect, and the storm added a lot of atmosphere. All of the twists and turns kept me guessing until the surprising end. I have never read anything by Ally Condie before, but I will definitely be looking for more. Highly recommended!

Thank you NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for the ARC!

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I enjoyed the concept of this book. Normally, I have some ideas of who the culprit might be, but The Unwedding kept me guessing all the way to the end.

The setting of the story was in a perfect location for a mystery, the characters were woven into the plot well, but the storyline seemed to drag on just a little too long for me.

Overall I would rate this book 3.75 ⭐️

Thank you, NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for the ARC.

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The Unwedding is a twisting story of a woman rising from the ashes while fighting through unexpected tragedies, adding to her past full of them. I was hooked from the very beginning. Ellery doubts herself in such a way, it leads the reader to also doubt her, Keeping you on your toes. Is she unreliable? Is she actually telling you the truth? Does she see more than she lets on? Such a great book full of twists while following a wonderful storyline of growth, don’t skip this one!

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