ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Beneath the Marigolds by Emily C Whitson


Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Format: Audio
Genre:  Mystery
Narrators: Lisa Larsen

Publisher: Cam Cat Publishing
8 hours 31 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Reese Marigold saved Ann Stone from a life of addiction by introducing Ann to AA and serving as her sponsor in recovery. Despite their differences—Reese is a hopeless romantic, while Ann is a no-nonsense attorney—the women remain close ten years later. So when Reese goes missing after attending Last Chance, an exclusive singles’ retreat off the coast of Hawaii, Ann infiltrates the retreat.

Quickly, Ann realizes there’s more to Last Chance than meets the eye. With its extravagant clothes, never-ending interviews, and bizarre dates, Ann begins to suspect the retreat is a front for a reality dating show. Could Reese be safe and sound, keeping a low profile until the premier, or did something more sinister occur? As Ann traces Reese’s last known movements, partakes in the unusual “journey,” and meets the other attendees who all have something to hide, she jeopardizes her career, her sanity, and her life to find her missing friend.

Told from the perspective of both Ann and Reese, Beneath the Marigolds is a fast-paced thriller that explores friendship, women in recovery, and the traditional marriage path idealized by today’s numerous dating and relationship reality shows.


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Ann still beats herself up over her behavior when she was drinking but she is sober now, with the help of her good friend Reese. However, Reese is now missing, she was last seen at a singles retreat in Hawaii.  Reese was always the romantic one believing in love where Ann is more jaded. However, Ann knows that in order to find out what happed to Reese she needs to attend the singles retreat. So with the help of her friend Honey, she boards a plane and heads to Hawaii. 

Told in alternating chapters. You learn about Reese's time on the island and watch as Ann with the help of some people in her law firm discover what is happening on the island. 

The narrator was amazing really drawing you into the story and the duel narratives really helped bring the story together. 

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