Adrian Hartman is the esteemed Director of Serendipity, a popular tranquil holiday community where guests return to time and time again to find inner peace. Many credit Adrian, with his peaceful and soulful manner, as being the pinnacle of Serendipity’s success. However, when Adrian fails to return at the beginning of the holiday season, the resort has no choice other than to continue without him, much to the annoyance of the many guests who have returned to Serendipity with the sole aim of seeing Adrian again. The community rallies around to ensure continuation, but it just isn’t the same without their charismatic founder.
Set in two parts, I personally felt that the story became a lot stronger in the second half as it moved away from Adrian and began to focus on the other individuals connected to the resort. Jessica’s strengths lay in her characterisation as each character is very well drawn and you can immediately understand their reasons and decisions behind their involvement with Serendipity. I wasn’t really that taken with Adrian, but I couldn’t help but feel for him after his reappearance. My favourite two characters have to be Bernard and Maria as they both undergo a big transformation as the story progresses. The introduction of the staff members and new guests in part two ensures that the story picks up pace and I really enjoyed the group interaction scenes. There is an underlying tension running through the story with a ‘them and us’ theme as the local villagers aren’t fans of the camp, believing it to be abnormal, and it simply mirrors the attitude that you would expect from people who know nothing of the resorts intentions as well as from a community who never really fully integrate with the locals. Common sense dictates this communication is a necessity if either side are to live next to each other in harmony, but it is preciously this breakdown in communications which puts the future of Serendipity into jeopardy.
The Infinity Pool is a book you gradually warm to as you get further into the story. It’s different, there’s no big plot but rather a believable and warm story, ending with a lesson or two learnt. If there is a message to take from the book, it is the concept of doing nothing. All of the new guests seem to be unable to cast off the very idea that it is easy to do nothing when in fact they have to learn how to train themselves to do exactly that – nothing. It doesn’t really come naturally at all to a number of people and I think this is so relatable to all of us as we steer ourselves through a hectic and technology driven society in the twenty-first century.
This is a charming first novel with an array of characters very well drawn, making it very easy to become immersed in The Infinity Pool. A good, albeit relaxing, holiday read…
I reviewed this book upon recommendation from the great people at booksgosocial.com