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The Vicious Circle

By: Katherine St. John
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
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For fans of We Were Never Here and Nine Perfect Strangers, a twisty, escapist suspense about a mysterious wellness retreat center harboring violent secrets.

A perfect paradise? Or a perfect nightmare?

On a river deep in the Mexican jungle stands the colossal villa Xanadu, a wellness center that’s home to an ardent spiritual group devoted to self-help guru Paul Bentzen and his enigmatic wife Kali. But when, mysteriously, Paul suddenly dies, his entire estate—including Xanadu—is left to his estranged niece Sveta.

Shocked and confused, Sveta travels to Mexico to pay her respects. At first, Xanadu seems like a secluded paradise with its tumbling gardens, beautiful people, transcendent vibe, and mesmerizing de-facto leader Kali. But soon the mystical façade wears thin, revealing a group of brainwashed members drunk on false promises of an impossible utopia and a disturbing, dangerous belief system—and leader—guiding them.

As the sinister forces surrounding Sveta become apparent, she realizes, too late, she can’t escape. Frantic and terrified, she discovers her only hope for survival is to put her confidence in the very person she trusts the least. 

©2022 Katherine St. John (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not the strongest by the author but not bad…

This was definitely the book out of all her three that i liked the least, but it wasn’t bad. Interesting premise but as far as culty books go, this one was a little….lackluster.
Narration was good per usual though.

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Kept me on the edge of my seat

I really enjoyed this book. Sveta, a Russian American ex-model, received a surprising phone call from the man, Lucas, who ghosted her after taking her virginity. Lucas, now a lawyer, was entrusted to fulfill Sveta's uncle's last wishes. Uncle Paul shockingly left her his entire estate, a compound in the heart of Mexico. But Sveta realized after traveling to Mexico that things are not as they seem in Xanadu or perhaps, they're exactly what they seem.
The reason I enjoyed this so much was because of the relationships Sveta formed while stranded at this strange compound. Sveta is the only one who can set things right at Xanadu but is her life worth the battle? Solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • 11-18-22

Loved it!

Loved the story, the story teller, her voce and her rhythm.

I hope they make a film.