The Last Resort

A novel by Marissa Stapley.

Marissa Stapley

Miles Markell is missing, and everyone is a suspect.

To the guests at The Harmony Resort, Doctors Miles and Grace Markell appear to be a perfect power couple. They run a couples' therapy retreat in a luxurious resort in the Mayan Riviera where they help spouses deal with their marriage struggles.

Johanna and Ben's relationship looks great on the surface, but in reality, they don't know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly — Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second — but what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony's intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all that it seems — and neither are Miles and Grace. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out their secrets?

As a powerful hurricane descends on the coast, trapping both the hosts and their guests, confidences are revealed, loyalties are tested, and not one single person — or marriage — will ever be the same. (From Simon & Schuster)

From the book

From: Miles and Grace Markell

To: Undisclosed recipients


Subject: Welcome email!

Welcome, friends! Barring any unforeseen circumstances, you should all have arrived by 4:00 p.m. and we'll meet on the Oceanside Terrace shortly afterward for Opening Night. We understand you may be tired from a day of travel, but the inaugural exercise isn't optional (in fact, none of the scheduled activities are). Don't worry, you'll have plenty of time to relax and settle in tomorrow. But please do use some of the time in your "settle in" day to catch up on your reading. The books you'll need are on your bedside tables.

After Opening Night, you are invited to retire to your luxury bungalow, where a personalized multicourse room service meal will be delivered. Our staff is at your service with just the press of a button; use them when and as needed. You won't need an orientation. Everything about Harmony at La Hacienda is intuitive. We promise.

We can't wait to meet you!

In solidarity,

Drs. Miles and Grace Markell

PS: No cell phones/laptops/devices!  The lockboxes are in the lobby. Ruth Abrams, our clinician, will help you schedule approved check-ins with your families. From now on, all communication will happen on resort property only. There is also a strict no-alcohol policy, so ditch the duty-free. See you soon!

From The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley ©2019. Published by Simon & Schuster.