Nine Perfect Strangers
(£ 13.99, VIRAGO) Nine people are attending an upscale health retreat for various reasons – their health, their weight, professional burnout or ‘merely’ a broken heart. The only problem is that the retreat director seems to be… not OK. With more than a nod to Hotel Du Lac, we slowly discover the stories behind the guests and hosts alike. No one currently writes about the minutiae of women’s lives with quite as much insight and pull as Moriarty and, yet again, her slow-burn plotting leaves you gasping at the very end of the tale. I’m jealous of anyone who hasn’t read this yet.