If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be 'different.' A motley crew of nine strangers - a family of three, a couple, and four singles meet at a retreat which to say the least is unique. The 'guests' have to be silent for five days, yes totally silent, and are subjected to various cleansing rituals. They are constantly told that at the end of the ten day cleanse they will be transformed. Since this is the goal of each guest, they follow the instructions meekly until things take a bizarre turn. We learn the stories behind each guest and what led them to this place while learning about the founder and her staff. Not a bad read but tended to get rather tedious by the end.