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Publisher's Summary

From Amina Akhtar comes a viciously funny thriller about wellness - the smoothies, the secrets, and the deliciously deadly impulses.

Lifelong New Yorker Ronnie Khan never thought she’d leave Queens. She’s not an “aim high, dream big” person - until she meets socialite wellness guru Marley Dewhurst.

Marley isn’t just a visionary; she’s a revelation. Seduced by the fever dream of finding her best self, Ronnie makes for the desert mountains of Sedona, Arizona.

Healing yoga, transcendent hikes, epic juice cleanses...Ronnie consumes her new bougie existence like a fine wine. But is it, really? Or is this whole self-care business a little sour?

When the glam gurus around town start turning up gruesomely murdered, Ronnie has her answer: all is not well in wellness town. As Marley’s blind ambition veers into madness, Ronnie fears for her life.

©2022 Amina Akhtar (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“An amusing takedown of influencer culture.”Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will be curious to see what this talented author does next.”Publishers Weekly 

“Akhtar turns her sharp wit on the wellness community and its dark secrets in a thriller equal parts vicious and funny.”USA Today 

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The about should have said the main character was an American born Pakistanie. thar fact really helped as I too am Brown skinned ans can relate to the isolation she felt. I guessed a the way through but all the clues were there. I didn't figure out the ending so I really enjoyed this book.

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.. And then the whole thing went into a vortex

A reasonable take on Sedona, which is humorous, frightening and sad. This book tries to deliver multiple moral messages. Each is valid, but there's far too much digression. The "flashbacks" are a cruel repetition - but for 25 + years, on and on.. is this the point? The ravens' POV is interesting. The ending is ridiculous. The narration is VG.

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Could not finish.

I wanted to love this book. But nothing happened and the unlikeable characters were so awful I could not finish. How many flashbacks to one abusive relationship do we really need? We get it, the aunt was awful, the friend is a narcissistic racist. But making readers experience that over and over and over without any growth or development is just tedious. Horrible book.

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Could have been good

This book had the potential to be pretty good. The storyline, overall, was interesting but there were several things that completely distracted me. First, the narration had serval random, long pauses in places were they shouldn’t be. I had to keep checking my phone to see if I got bounced out of the audible app. The narrative for Ronnie was flat: no inflection and no emotion (please note, overwrought emotion annoys me terribly). Almost like someone reading the ingredients on a cereal box. In addition to the technical issues, I did have some trouble stomaching the story line. First, it’s a book with mostly hateful characters, all the way around. That was ok, it’s not uncommon to dislike the main characters; in fact, I often find that more interesting. What I didn’t like, and I have been seeing a lot of this in recent books, is the underlying political themes. Essentially, all white people are bad. Now, if this wasn’t such a common theme through nearly every recently written book, I wouldn’t be so bothered by it. After all, they are supposed to be writing from the character’s pov. Unfortunately, this appears to be the underlying theme of many books written in the last few years. The irony is, the main character is Muslim and gets extremely offended when anyone, especially white people, ask questions about the Muslim faith or makes inappropriate comments, yet has no issue with stereotyping anyone who is white, flys an American flag, carries a gun or has a trump banner. She then states she doesn’t like stereotyping. Again, wouldn’t have thought a thing about it except the majority of the books offered in the plus catalog follow the same lines: white people are bad and they are all racist. The really odd part is she never mentions negative interactions with anyone that is not part of her own culture, prior to Sedona. Is it too much to ask for some entertainment without stereotyping the majority of the population? I stopped watching tv (at one point she thinks to herself one should watch less tv regarding the stereotyping of the Muslim faith) because of exactly this. It’s been pretty difficult to find a book that doesn’t employ these tactics and becoming less and less enjoyable.

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Don't waste a credit .

I couldn't even finish this book . It's just bad altogether . The perspective is from 3 characters and one of them is from a BIRD. yes you read that right. a bird . Just awful.

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Was dreading finishing it but didn’t want to waste a credit

OK, I love a good thriller but this one’s feels like it was written by a 15-year-old girl. Very emotional and main characters insecurities of her own self make the book hard to read for me. I noticed it would take myself a little bit of convincing to even start the next chapter.

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this one just isn't for me. and I could not finish. waste of a prime reading pic.

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Overuse of We/You got this!

I’m sure many will enjoy this but I was one who didn’t and I kept to the end hoping.

Gruesome overall. Shallow selfish characters feed on hate.
Been to Sedona AZ and thankful my experience with women cousins was full of laughter, good conversation and positivity memorable.
This “Sedona” is a train wreck. Disappointing.

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I was bummed that I didn’t love this book. It may have been the narration, which was halting and had strange pauses. I ended up speeding up to 1.3x, which helped. The story was ok - I will say the ending was good!

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Refreshingly different.

Very enjoyable narration. Intriguing story line. Interesting characters. Morality, questionable.
(Why does Audible require a fifteen word review? I said all I want to say in ten)