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The Last Resort

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  450 ratings  ·  158 reviews
“Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the "last resort" offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera.

Johanna and Ben have
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Brenda - Traveling Sister
3.5 stars

The Harmony Resort in the Mayan Riviera sounds like a luxurious resort and Doctor Miles and Grace Markell appear to be the perfect hosts and couple to the guests. Things are not what they seem here. The guests are not here to read on the beach and soak up the sun. They are there is repair their broken marriages through couples therapy.

Marissa Stapley creates some interesting couple here all with their own personal conflicts and secrets they are keeping. The tension and emotions rise as
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
A fantastic read, this book is definitely different, from no chapter headings to celebrity articles. It was a bit of getting used to in the beginning for me. Once day 3 comes around and some secrets are being revealed, I couldn’t read fast enough. I couldn’t guess any of their secrets, especially Johanna and Drs. Markell’s. I like how the cover is peaceful and the story is anything but. I started reading this book with only the knowing about marriage counseling, but oh boy, what a ride I was giv ...more
Norma * Traveling Sister
Entertaining, brisk, & compelling!

THE LAST RESORT by MARISSA STAPLEY was an interesting premise with a fabulous setting that held my interest right from the very start. I was immediately hooked and intrigued but felt like I was reading something very similar to some previous books that I have recently read though.

Although I thought some of the reveals were a little predictable I was thoroughly entertained and found this to be a very good, enjoyable, quick and easy read. I thought the whole
Hannah Mary McKinnon
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couples with secrets, people who tell lies—nothing is as it seems in Marissa Stapley’s tense and tightly paced thriller, THE LAST RESORT. Fans of Agatha Christie will surely love this modern whodunit from the first to the very last page. One to add to your “to read” list now.
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Mini Review

The Last Resort may be your last resort to check into to fix your marriage! That is if you trust the outward appearance of power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell.

Couples in this novel arrive at this lush retreat with the hope to reconnect with their spouse, some just come along for the ride, and some have something to hide. A perfect combination of guests that make for interesting group therapy sessions and experimental treatment methods put in place.

What most don't expect is to
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I really love supporting Canadian authors and Maria Stapley lives in Toronto, like me. I read her book Mating for Life and really enjoyed it. She knows how to write women's fiction, very well, so I was surprised to see a suspenseful novel by her. She really hit it out of the park with this one.

I liked the way the author moved from each main character and gave clear insight to their fears and insecurities. Each was living behind a facade which they projected to the public. What was going on
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Marissa Stapley and Simon & Schuster Canada, for a copy of The Last Resort, in exchange for my honest review.  This title releases June 18.

Harmony is a highly regarded resort in the Mayan Riviera, with a focus on providing therapy to couples.  Run by the infamous Grace and Miles Markell – couple goals; at least that is what they want their clientele to believe.  When a group of couples arrives for their stay they are in awe with the beauty that is the resort and its grounds and th
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it

Many thanks to Graydon for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Honestly, I was inches away from DNF-ing this. It's not that it was bad but not that is was good either. The Last Resort takes place at a marriage counseling retreat, which is a very unique and creative setting for a thriller. The resort had a very spooky and suspicious vibe that kept me constantly biting my nails. I was constantly waiting for something to pop out from around the corner. And while there were some creepy
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sinuous, compelling, and timely.

Full review to follow shortly!
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On Amazon, as I write this, there are very few five star reviews on this one. *shrug whatever*

I loved it.

No, it's not action packed (and usually I love wham bam thank you ma'am action). It's more insidious than that. The author slowly but surely builds a story where the readers realizes there's so much rot under the beautiful surface.

I loved most of our characters - and hated the ones I was supposed to hate. I wanted everything to turn out okay and wanted one person to pay a painful price.

Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley is a good beach read, if not a bit predictable. The Harmony Resort on the Mayan Riviera is run by celebrity marriage counselors Miles and Grace Markell. Couples who are struggling with their marriage go to the "last resort" to get the help they need to repair their relationship. Two couples, Johanna and Ben and Shell and Colin, both arrive at the Harmony Resort with seemingly unsolvable marriage issues. Johanna has experienced a serious trauma, which has caused ...more
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada and Harlequin for a free review copy of this book. The setting of this book is initially quite beautiful. It is set in a stunning private resort on the Mayan Riviera. The book starts with couples arriving at the Harmony Resort to attend a couples retreat. The retreat is run by a well know celebrity couple. Miles and Grace are psychologists and on the outside they have a perfect marriage. This facade falls apart as we learn more about them and the techniques ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera.

Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks
Genevieve Graham
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What starts out as an idyllic couples' therapy resort soon implodes into a minefield littered with deep individual secrets, leading to an explosive ending in the midst of a powerful hurricane. I wasn't sure what to expect (I started reading without looking at the synopsis because I know Miss Stapley's books will engage and surprise me, so why spoil the fun?), so I was a little like some of those guests to the Harmony Resort, looking around and trying to figure out what might happen next. It wasn ...more
Marc Bougharios
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
This novel is released on June 4th 2019.

This summer beach read takes place in Mexico on a couples retreat. Two couples Joanna and Ben, Shell and Colin, are having troubles in thier marriages so they decide to attend a couples retreat that they are sure will salvage thier marriage. But not everything is at it seems, because founders Miles and Grace are harboring their own secrets and their marriage is not as perfect as everyone thinks it is. Told from various perspectives, The Last Resort is the
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Mexico at a couple retreat called Harmony two couples, Joanna and Ben and Shell and Colin are having troubles in their marriages. Not everything at is as it seems. Miles and Grace Markell the founders of the retreat are hiding their own secrets and even though they portray the perfect married couple, their marriage is not as perfect as it seems. With a deadly tropical storm that ends up trapping guests, tensions and emotions begin to rise and as the lies and secrets start coming out no one kn ...more
Reading Mama
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
QOTD: What is your perfect or dream vacation spot?🏝

One of my favorite places that I've been is Turks and Caicos. Believe me, the beaches are even more beautiful in person than they are in any picture.

#partner A huge thank you to Harlequin Books, Graydon House Books and Marissa Stapley for my copy of The Last Resort.

Review: I have recently read a few books that seemed to have a similar plot line to this one: troubled person(s) goes to idyllic island to fix whatever problems they are having. Goi
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Shelves: murder-mystery
“The Last Resort” which I received through Goodreads Giveaways is a gipping and compelling novel that opens with a murder at the Harmony Resort during a deadly tropical storm that traps the guests of celebrity therapists “Drs. Miles and Grace Markell,” who are renowned for healing broken marriages.

Tension and high emotions spark as the lies and secrets that have been tearing the marriages of Joanna Haines and husband Ben as well as Shell Williams and her husband Colin apart they hope will be res
Nicole Overmoyer
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you look at the cover of Marissa Stapley's THE LAST RESORT, what do you see? What genre would you peg the book as? Beach read? Maybe a little romantic angst and drama? Something to read and relax with while on a beach not unlike the one on the cover?

Oh, boy, would you be wrong!

In a good way, in a good way.

There is a resort, yes. People do spend time on a beach, yes. There is much romantic angst and drama, yes. But, no, this book will not relax you. It will creep you out.

In a good way.

"The Las
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crazies
Couples attend The Harmony Resort in hopes of repairing their struggling marriages. Owners of the resort, Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, are leaders in their field and offer couples a chance at rekindling their love in a gorgeous resort setting. But, truths are about to be revealed. On top of it all, a major storm is headed toward the resort with no way out. The couples at The Harmony Resort are about to get more than they ever expected.

Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse, loss of a child, sexual as
Randi (randi_reads)
Miles and Grace Markell are famed marriage counselors who run The Harmony Resort in Mexico to help married couples repair the problems in their marriage. They appear to be the picture perfect couple, but we all know that appearances can be deceiving. Behind closed doors, Miles Markell is truly an evil man.
Besides Grace and Miles, the book focuses on Ben and Johanna and Colin and Shell. Ben and Johanna have been married only a short time and don’t really know each other as well as they think. Col
Morgan Wilson
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has you hooked from the very first page and then you just can’t put it down! I enjoyed the setting of this book the most and the drama and mystery intrigued me to keep turning pages. The characters weren’t my favorite- there was only one likable couple in my opinion, and I even had issues with them- but I think that was kind of the point? Maybe? Because it is a fix-your-doomed-marriage deal. Anyways, I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would and the ending wasn’t as predictable as ...more
Laurie Petrou
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured The Last Resort over 3 days. It is an example of a new kind of thriller; it is of our time. The book offers up a delicious plot while at the same time drawing quietly powerful and deeply relatable female characters whose experiences are echos of so many others on and off the page. Stapley's writing is fast-paced while still cutting deep. I burned through the book, but it will stay with me. The Last Resort is all of these things: a nail-biter, a page-turner, a thoughtful, powerful expl ...more
Caroline Lafrance
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Sometimes thrillers have really disappointing endings that leave me frustrated. Not this one. Good ending. A bit far fetched at times but very enjoyable read! 3.5
Jeannette ★
I feel very fortunate to receive an ARC in the mail thanks to goodreads and their giveaway program. So fast paced and such an enticing read from start to finish! Just enough twist and turns to keep you guessing. I'll definitely be bringing it with me to read again on the beach this summer!
4 stars for Marissa Stapley's THE LAST RESORT!

Thank you to the author & publisher for my review copy :) I had the pleasure of enjoying this while at a resort in Aruba (perfect book for the perfect setting!)

Remember the movie with Vince Vaughn - The Couple's Retreat? So, think of that movie but LESS comedy and more drama and thrills!

Mexico, couples, marriages, secrets, lies…… the webs begin to untangle as the tropical storm begins to stir up in the Mayan Rivera... Who will make it out alive?
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
***I received an ARC from the publisher and netgalley for an honest review***

This was quite the disappointment... I don’t know... After every chapter I wanted something even more drastic or exciting to happen. I felt let down by how everything unfolded. I could not connect with the characters and would have appreciated better character build-up.
Christina Dalcher
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I confess I hadn't read any of Stapley's novels before this one, but count me a huge fan. What a fantastic (but all-too-believable) plot, and the premise of an island-resort couples-therapy cult drew me in immediately. The characters' stories are interwoven flawlessly (i.e., no need for a notepad to keep track -- which is often the case with multiple-POV novels. Absolutely un-put-downable as a mystery, but THE LAST RESORT offers a depth of insight into marriage that readers will relate to.
Many t
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
The Last Resort is a character-driven story that focuses on the crumbling relationships of several couples who attend a two week relationship boot camp at a secluded, luxury resort in the Mayan Riviera in a last ditch attempt to save their failing marriages. The retreat is lead by powerhouse couple, Miles and Grace Markell, who appear to have the perfect relationship themselves. But as the days progress, the struggling couples end up getting much more than they bargained for when unorthodox ther ...more
Jenee Rager
This is hands down one of the best books I've received from the goodreads giveaway program. Good enough that I was sneaking it to work and trying to read chapters under my desk to find out what happened next, and then added the authors other works to my Amazon wishlist.

The story telling is done in a variety of ways, which keeps the plot moving at a fast clip. There are what appear to be transcripts of an interview, media reports, and then just your general chapters. Miles and Grace Markell are
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Marissa Stapley is the Globe and Mail bestselling author of the novels Mating for Life, Things to Do When It's Raining and The Last Resort. Her fiction has been published around the world and her journalism has appeared in magazines and newspapers across North America. She has taught creative writing and editing at the University of Toronto and Centennial College, and still mentors/teaches a small ...more
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