There's a haunting quality to the novel which reminds me of "State Of Wonder" by Ann Patchett and to a lesser extent, "The Beach" by Alex Garland. Yes you have a mysterious cluster of housing in the middle of the hills. There is a beach. There is a mountaintop. Hippies abound. Artisans. Animals.
An interesting fact was that the book was originally published in New Zealand in 2010 but has been re-published for the UK market (modified?)
Don't treat it as a page turner and you might be awashed/transported into the tropics. Just watch out for El Nino.