Sex, betrayal, and intrigue: A dream vacation on a luxurious yacht turns deadly in this pulse-pounding beach read "chock full of delicious characters who flaunt their sins . . . like the latest Birkin bag" (Adriana Trigiani).
Belle likes to think herself immune to the dizzying effects of fabulous wealth. But when her best friend, Summer, invites her on a glamorous getaway to the Mediterranean aboard her billionaire boyfriend's yacht, the only sensible answer is yes. Belle hopes the trip will be a much-needed break from her stalled acting career and uniquely humiliating waitressing job, but once she's aboard the luxurious Lion's Den, it soon becomes clear this jet-setting holiday is not as advertised.
Belle's dream vacation quickly devolves into a nightmare as she and the handful of other girls Summer invited are treated more like prisoners than guests by their controlling host—and in one terrifying moment, Belle comes to see Summer for who she truly is: a vicious gold digger who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Belle realizes she's going to have to keep her wits about her—and her own big secret closely hidden—if she wants to make it off the yacht alive.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Who ever dreamed a Mediterranean vacation could be so terrifying? Struggling young actress Belle can’t wait to celebrate her BFF Summer’s birthday with a cruise on a luxury yacht owned by Summer’s much older billionaire boyfriend. Except…what’s with all the hidden cameras? And isn’t it weird that the guests all had to sign NDAs? As the group’s situation starts to feel less like a floating party and more like an isolated prison, we found ourselves racing faster and faster through Katherine St. John’s thriller. St. John lightens the mood with the hilarious antics of Summer’s vapid, gold-digging posse and keeps us emotionally invested as Belle and Summer’s friendship falls apart. Whether you dive into this beach read by the pool or on the couch, you’ll find yourself pulling for a heroine who has a lot more strength and determination than she ever imagined.
What should have been an idyllic vacation for struggling actress Belle Carter, the narrator of St. John's propulsive if occasionally preposterous Machiavellian debut, mutates into something more akin to Survivor: St. Tropez. Though Belle's former bestie, Summer Sanderson, the mistress of billionaire John Lyons, has ostensibly invited Belle to celebrate her birthday cruising the Riviera aboard Lyons's yacht, along with a few other friends and family, early warning signs suggest that Lyons may have a hidden agenda, as do the plutocrats he's meeting with. These signs include the young women being locked into their cabins at night and asked to surrender their passports as well as having only limited, monitored internet access measures brushed off as necessary to protect the men's privacy. Belle may have her own plans, though the true picture of the high-stakes cat-and-mouse game involving her and the ruthless Summer only becomes visible as the twisty but far-fetched plot races toward the finish. Readers prepared to overlook unconvincing characters as well as several stupefying turns of events will be satisfied. St. John dishes up a diverting poolside-ready page-turner.
Read this in 24 hours, lots of twists!
Keeps you wanting more!
So so good! The author keeps you wanting more, I couldn’t put it down!