Monday, Sep 26, 2022 6:00 PM
A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
For fans of Lucy Foley and Liane Moriarty, a twisty, escapist suspense about a mysterious retreat center harboring violent secrets.
A Cappella Books welcomes Atlanta author Katherine St. John to celebrate the release of her new book, “The Vicious Circle.” The author will appear in conversation with acclaimed author of "All Her Little Secrets," Wanda M. Morris.
This event is free and open to the public, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.
About the Book
On a river deep in the Mexican wilderness stands the colossal villa Xanadu, a wellness center that’s home to an ardent spiritual group devoted to self-help guru Paul Bentzen and his enigmatic wife Kali. But when Paul mysteriously dies, his entire estate—including Xanadu—is left not to the obvious heir-apparent, his wife, but to his estranged niece, Sveta.
Shocked and confused, Sveta travels from New York City to Mexico to pay her respects and sift through her uncle’s final directives, with his attorney Lucas Baranquilla in tow (with whom she has a complicated romantic past). At first, Xanadu seems like a secluded paradise with its tumbling gardens, attractive residents, and transcendent vibe. But soon the mystical façade wears thin, revealing a group of brainwashed members guided by a disturbing belief system and a charismatic, dangerously capable leader.
About the Author
Katherine St. John is a native of Mississippi, graduate of the University of Southern California, and author of “The Lion’s Den” and “The Siren.” When she's not writing, she can be found hiking or on the beach with a good book. Katherine lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.
About the Conversation Partner
Wanda M. Morris is the acclaimed author of "All Her Little Secrets," which has been praised by Karin Slaughter as "brilliantly nuanced" and reviewed by The Boston Globe, LA Times, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and South Florida Sun Sentinel among others. It was named as one of the "Best Books of 2021" by Hudson Booksellers and selected as the #1 Top Pick for Library Reads by librarians across the country. It was serialized in Entertainment Weekly and a Marie Claire book club pick. Wanda is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Crime Writers of Color. A corporate attorney, Wanda has worked in the legal departments of some of America's top Fortune 100 companies. She is an accomplished presenter and leader. As a former President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, she established a signature female empowerment program known as the Women's Initiative. She is married, the mother of three and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.