Versatile British author Daniel Pembrey has added another
country to his list; having previously given us stories set
in lands of Europe, Africa and America, he has chosen to
visit Mexico this time. VANISHING POINT focuses on a yoga
retreat. What could possibly go wrong among such good, kind
John Farnsworth is the only man attending the yoga classes,
and he tells a group mindfulness session that he has come
because his wife died at sea near here, a year previously.
He had to provide DNA of hers to test against the body. Now
he needs to set his mind at rest about her trip and why she
loved yoga. In flashback chapters we see Jenny's solo
journey to the retreat centre.
This is a psychological chiller which mixes past and
present, giving glimpses of lives and desires. We learn
about some yogic principles and some shiftier practices,
because even in such a beautiful location as Cancun, all
cannot be perfect.
As VANISHING POINT is a short novella I won't tell any more
except that I see strong similarities with Daniel Pembrey's
other works - international travel, diplomacy,
relationships that are more complex and less complete than
they ought to be. If you fancy some beach reading this
summer, but prefer to mix in a mystery, this exotic
cocktail might suit you.
Lawyer John Farnsworth returns to the site of his wife’s
disappearance the year before: a yoga retreat on the Yucatán
Peninsula led by the sinister Yogi Raja. As his former
wife’s story becomes clearer, John’s own life starts to
unravel, with shocking consequences. Can we ever escape the
pull of our pasts? A chilling, enigmatic read.