The Sinister Gathering
Sophie attends a well-being retreat hoping to find herself, instead she finds a dead body.
Coming to the Scottish Highlands, she hopes to escape life and get in touch with her inner self. She wants to free herself from the anxieties that have gripped her for years.
Peace and harmony are advertised but what she discovers is anything but.
She is around women with other ideas. As she gets to know the strange bunch staying at Glenloch Hall, fights and arguments become the norm.
She should never have entered that fateful property.
She was looking for peace but found death.
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Sophie Brown decides to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and escape to rural Scotland for a much needed break after finding a flyer for a female-only retreat. Sophie seems to be struggling in her new relationship with her boyfriend, Jack and although the relationship may not be perfect, Sophie has high hopes that Jack might be the right one for her. This retreat is offering the serenity and the transformation to a more peaceful life that Sophie wishes to accomplish, but this retreat is so much more than what Sophie bargained for and when strange things begin to happen ans someone winds up dead, Sophie’s dreams of a peaceful retreat soon turn into a nightmare. Will Sophie be next in the killers list?
I have read the previous two books in the Sophie Brown series and I have to say The Sinister Gathering is by far my favorite in the series so far. I really found myself glued to the pages especially once we reach the retreat and get to meet all of the colorful cast of characters whom each bring their own reasons from being there…from OCD, men troubles, anxiety and everything else in between. Sophie is definitely my favorite character out of all the women and in this story Sophie seems more real and more likeable than she did in the past two books. I honestly found her to be pretty level headed especially amongst the women at the retreat. One of the main issues I have had with Sophie in the first two books is she always managed to do something really stupid and I did not find that here in this book which was so refreshing to see. I admit that I was a little worried at first when I started reading, but Sophie definitely became a knockout heroine for me.
The mystery to the story is really intense filled with a lot of drama between the women. I kind of felt like I was reading an Agatha Christie book with a little bit of a vibe from Clue. The prologue really set the stage as to what was to come during the story and it was so well done that I could not wait to sink my teeth into the rest of the story. I went back and forth quite often as to who the culprit was and even sometimes thought that maybe it was none of the women at all! Diane Ezzard did such a fantastic job at keeping me in the dark when I can usually figure out who is behind everything within the first few chapters. I enjoy a story that can keep me guessing pretty much up until the end. Ezzard draws you in and does not let go until the final clue is solved.
The Sinister gathering is a solid mystery that will have you biting your nails as you flip through the pages of this wonderfully crafted story. This is by far my favorite in the Sophie Brown series and quite frankly I really hope there will be a new story centered around Sophie as I have really come to admire her.
Author Bio – Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives.
Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity.
She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.