The Retreat by Sarah Pearse

As I settle into my summer holiday, I imagine arriving at LUMEN, a beautiful, luxurious wellness retreat off the coast of England. So picturesque, a perfect place to unwind, or so the guests thought! I, on the other hand, had a heads up from the cover:

I rubbed by hands together with glee – this was not going to be a relaxing stay for anyone – quite the opposite in fact! Tension-filled and action-packed, with so many twists and turns, the atmosphere could be cut with a knife. Right up my street, I devoured this book and finished it wanting more. Whilst this was my first Sarah Pearse novel, it definitely won’t be my last – highly recommended!

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Severance (Apple TV+)

Whilst this is not my usual focus for Miss Mooch, it is definitely mysterious and worth a review. The premise of the show (directed by Ben Stiller) revolves around a set of office workers, dreaming of the perfect work-life balance, who elect to have their mind surgically split between their work lives and their personal lives through the ‘severance’ procedure. In the office, they can forget all of their home memories and focus on the task in hand; whilst at home, they can leave work at the door and enjoy life with family and the things that they love. What a brilliant idea, sign me up!

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