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When the dark web and reality TV collide, there is no immunity idol.

They say desperate people make stupid choices, and Marilyn Channing is no exception. Determined to lose weight and move on from a messy divorce, she knows she needs help.

Enter The Vale. A health retreat as mysterious as it is remote; the exclusive spa promises beauty treatments, weight loss, and more. It all sounds so lovely, so supportive, and above all else, so easy.

Marilyn should have read the fine print.

But more terrifying than a surfeit of legalese and lack of chocolate, is the sinister force on the other side of the razor wire fences. One with dark cravings of its own…

Set in beautiful New Zealand, DietVale is a dark tale about being careful what you wish for. Fair warning though, it is not for the squeamish because there's nothing cozy about this title, nothing.


I had never read this author before, but the cover intrigued enough to give it a go. I was not disappointed. The writing style is easy to read and humorous. Some of the content is darker than the writing style at first suggests, just a warning for anyone that picks it up. The setting of the health retreat in New Zealand was vivid and well written - I could almost imagine I was there, but thank goodness I wasn't! 5-STARS, Cheryl, Goodreads Reviewer

Difficult to put down, even though in a few places, my stomach turned! But I had to read on. Engaging characters, rivet ting story line - definitely enough to make me want to triple check any spas before I go there. If you like your story lines dark and funny - this is for you. 5-STARS, Jeannie, Goodreads Reviewer

Marilyn is an overweight unhappy ex wife, fighting to get what she wants, or what she thinks she wants because she has influential friends. Wanting a boob job, but being too fat, she risks it all, and goes to an exclusive diet clinic where she hopes to lose the extra weight, in order to get the surgery. But the Vale isn't all it seems. Marilyn seems quite a submissive person at the start, but after the adventures she endures, she finds her backbone, and develops into a rather scary character. A dark comedy, with moments of sheer brilliance, a great, disturbing, read. 5-STARS, Karen, Goodreads Reviewer

Seeking horror that truly disturbs juxtaposed with dark humour and a splash of vengeance? Look no further. Narrative Muse

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