The Resort

A Novel

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Pub Date Feb 06 2024 | Archive Date Mar 07 2024
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Description

"A deadly, dangerous, beautiful nightmare." — Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

For readers of Rachel Hawkins and We Were Never Here comes a searing vacation thriller set on a remote island in Thailand following two mysterious women, a charismatic group of expats, and the one murder poised to bring their paradise crashing down.

Welcome to paradise. We hope you survive your stay...

There are three rules to survive a dive at the famous Koh Sang Resort

1 - Breathe normally if something goes wrong.

Scuba diving instructor Cass leads her students out for their first dive off the beautiful coast of Koh Sang, Thailand's world-famous party island. It's supposed to be a life-changing experience, but things quickly spiral out of control...

2 - Always dive with someone you trust.

By the time she's back on the shore, Lucy, one of her students, is dead, another critically injured, and she knows the new and idyllic life she has built herself is about to be smashed to pieces on the rocks.

3 - Don't panic if your oxygen is running out.

Because someone has discovered Cass's dark secret, and on an island as remote as this, there aren't many places to hide. There is a killer waiting, and whoever it is will stop at nothing until Cass's life is ruined and justice is finally served.

"A deadly, dangerous, beautiful nightmare." — Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

For readers of Rachel Hawkins and We Were Never Here comes a searing vacation...


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ISBN 9781728279558
PRICE $26.99 (USD)
PAGES 384

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The Resort is located in beautiful and mysterious Thailand. Set in a small area far from the famous beaches of Phuket, a small group of expats work a dive shop for tourists. All of the friends have a past to hide - which one of them is hiding something deadly?

When more than one body turns up in a weekend and large scale storm cuts off transport to the island we are all about to find out. If you love a vacation gone wrong or a locked room mystery, this is a dazzling and twisty novel for you! #Sourcebooks #SaraOchs #TheResort

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Okay wow, thank you NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’m actually shocked that this is a debut novel??? This book is absolutely phenomenal. There were so many twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat until literally the last page. I never knew where it was going and just when I thought I did I learned I had absolutely no clue. I loved the dual point of view and the hinting and foreshadowing of what to come.

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This is a really engaging first novel! I was impressed with the twists and turns that the story took, and didn't find anything to be really predictable. Perfect for fans of Lucy Foley!

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WOW. What a crazy ride!

Scuba diving instructor, Cass, lives on a remote Thai island. She works on a resort and is friends with other expats. Cass takes a group of students out for their first dive in open water. On the dive, Cass finds one of her students, Lucy, dead. Lucy death is suspicious, especially after another woman fell to her a death a couple of weeks prior.

Cass and a travel influencer, Brooke, decide to investigate the deaths. The novel is told from both of their perspectives. We quickly learn that both of these women are unreliable narrators.

Cass is harbouring a huge secret. But someone on the island knows about it. Who can Cass trust? Are the killings on the Thai island related to Cass' past?

Sarah Ochs did an incredible job creating suspense and mystery. Character development was excellent. There were a few times I thought I had things figured out, but I was wrong. As the story progressed, more secrets, along with more question, arose. This made for a thrilling storyline, without being boring or repetitive. Each chapter left me craving more. I was fully immersed in the gorgeous scenery of the island; teh imagery was excellent!

The ending was shocking and well done. Everything wrapped up nicely and all questions were answered.

This was an amazing debut novel by Sarah Ochs! I was surprised after I finished reading the novel that this was her debut - this came across as a book by a seasoned author! I cannot wait for her next novel.

Thank you SOURCEBOOKS Landmark and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Ok- this was hands down one of the most intriguing thrillers I have even read! I literally thought I had figured out who the villain was so many times, and was wrong every single time. The story kept me guessing, which I love! I also really like how the information about each character was slowly released throughout the story- everyone was an unreliable character which made it so fun to read! The ending was perfection, and I really hope there is a second book on the horizon to pick up where the story left off!

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This is one of my favorite books I've read this year. What a great thriller. I kept trying to figure out who the killer was and I guess I was partially right.

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Wow, what a debut novel! This was an impressive ride with lots of great twists and turns that kept me engaged and guessing for the whole story. I can’t say how impressed I am that this is the author’s first published work! It definitely reads like a seasoned author who has read and been published in this genre before.

This novel is set on an island of Thailand where several characters have moved to escape parts of their old lives and start afresh. When one woman was reported to have accidentally fallen to her death and another body is then found a couple weeks later, travel blogger and influencer Brooke begins investigating the mystery. As she and permanent resident Cass start looking for clues and trying to figure out who is behind the deaths, their history and secret motives come to light. Who is really behind the deaths on the island? Is anyone truly safe? Will the murderer strike again?

Sarah Ochs did a great job weaving together two POVs and keeping the reader guessing. I loved many of these characters and was definitely shocked by the ending. I will totally be following her along and adding her future books to my cart. I still can’t believe this was her debut novel. Well done, Sarah Ochs!!

Also I’d like to add a huge thank you to NetGalley and publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review,

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A brilliant debut thriller! The story takes place in Thailand on a less popular island. There is a group of expats who have settled there and each has brought a past and secrets with them. The story is told from two POVs, Cass and Brooke who are both unreliable narrators. I didn't know who or what to believe. I loved the confusion it created because I could not predict anything of what was happening. The author did a fabulous job at describing the tropical setting and I really felt like I was there! I had so many questions as the story unfolded. Each chapter led to more and more questions. The ending ties things up nicely with no loose ends and with a huge twist! I'm still over here picking my jaw up off the floor. I loved this book and hope the author will give us more!

Thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark, Sourcebooks Landmark for a digital ARC.

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There is something so special about our little book blogging nerd group. We feed off of one another for recommendations and know exactly who would appreciate a specific book without even having to meet them in real life .

Well, Cait Quinn, author of The Clinic, told me I HAD to read The Resort. We all know how much I love debut authors, so, why not? I love finding rising stars to swoon over!

Holy Smoke! I wasn’t prepared for this one!

No arm twist needed, I was eager to start this banger, I mean, just look at this cover. It’s stunning!!

Nothing could have prepared me for this wild ride! I loved all the twists and secret exposures. This is a story of deceit, murder and revenge. Are you ready?

Fun Fact: The Resort is actually called “The Dive” in the UK. I wonder what the translation is?

Here’s a little teaser for The Resort:

Welcome to paradise. We hope you survive your stay...

There are three rules to survive a dive at the famous Koh Sang Resort

1 - Breathe normally if something goes wrong.
Scuba diving instructor Cass leads her students out for their first dive off the beautiful coast of Koh Sang, Thailand's world-famous party island. It's supposed to be a life-changing experience, but things quickly spiral out of control...

2 - Always dive with someone you trust.
By the time she's back on the shore, Lucy, one of her students, is dead, another critically injured, and she knows the new and idyllic life she has built herself is about to be smashed to pieces on the rocks.

3 - Don't panic if your oxygen is running out.
Because someone has discovered Cass's dark secret, and on an island as remote as this, there aren't many places to hide. There is a killer waiting, and whoever it is will stop at nothing until Cass's life is ruined and justice is finally served.

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This was an awesome book, especially for a debut. I devoured this book! Looking forward to reading more from Sara Ochs!

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Loved this title--I think this is a great example of how a thriller can weave together various strands of a story into an unexpected ending. Cass and Brooke were great narrators, and I appreciated the way in which the author flipped between them to create tension. Overall, one of my favorite thrillers this year.

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Well, usually reading makes me dreamy for a vacation. Not after reading The Resort :)

This thrilling novel, told from dual POV {my favorite!} will grip you right from the beginning!

It'll keep you guessing throughout the book and you will be deeply satisfied!

Can't wait to see this book on all the must-reads lists in 2024!

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A remote island in Thailand. Great scuba diving options. A small group of "Permanents" who manage the resort. Cass who is a dive master. Greta is a yoga teacher. Doug manages the resort in Frederick's absence. Neil and Logan run the bar and various other jobs. Cass and Logan get engaged in this idyllic place but then Brooke, a social media travel influencer arrives on the island to rock this paradise. It seems everyone on the island is hiding something and when one of the tourists dies, everything and everyone unravels. A great read with so many twists.
Thanks to Netgalley for this arc.

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