Friday, February 9, 2024

Book Review for The Resort by Sara Ochs

 The Resort by Sara Ochs

Published: February 6, 2024 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Genre:  Thriller


Taken from Goodreads:  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.


My Thoughts:  I needed this book.  I was in a funk and needed an amazing book to pull me out and The Resort did just that.  I snuck reading at work, I read way past bedtime.  When I was not reading, I was thinking about the book.

The suspense and the thrills kept coming.   It seemed that all was wonderful on this island until dead bodies kept showing up.    Who dun-it?  There had to be more than just who the killer was to this story and there was.   Every character had a story and as they came it out it made me wonder what else was going to be revealed.   I cannot lie, I had no clue who actually was the killer and when all was revealed it all came together perfectly.  

The Resort is a phenomenal thriller with plenty of suspense, a tad of romance, and a great island location.  I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great thriller/suspense book.

Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Meet Sara Ochs (taken from her website):
 Sara Ochs is an author, law professor, and avid traveler. Born and raised in Upstate New York, Sara and her husband now split their time between the United States and Sweden.

When she’s not turning one of the many places she’s visited into the setting of her next thriller, she can usually be found trip planning.

Sara’s debut novel, a thriller set on a remote Thai island, will be published as THE DIVE in the UK and territories in July ‘23 and as THE RESORT in the USA in February ‘24.

For further information on Sara’s academic career, you can visit her LinkedIn Page or download her CV.


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