Thursday, January 2, 2020

Six thrillers that feature toxic perfectionism

When not writing, Sherri Smith spends time with her family and two rescue dogs, and restores vintage furniture that would otherwise be destined for the dump. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada, where the long, cold winters nurture her dark side.

Smith's novels are The Retreat and Follow Me Down.

At The Strand Magazine she tagged six thrillers that feature toxic perfectionism, including:

Like my own book, Nine Perfect Strangers is set on a luxurious wellness retreat. Each person is there to lose weight, deal with past trauma and generally undergo a spiritual transformation. The woman running the retreat, Masha, was once an over-stressed, over-worked corporate devotee until she suffered a heart-attack. Following her brush with death, Masha transforms herself and becomes a wellness extremist. She sets on a mission to help others achieve their ‘best’ selves by opening her retreat, but she quickly becomes obsessive and delusional to the detriment of her guests.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue