The Holiday - T.M. Logan

Reading Challenge Category: A bought book

Official Blurb:

Take a holiday you won't forget . . .
Seven days. Three families. One killer.
It was supposed to be the perfect holiday, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Provence.
But there is trouble in paradise. Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair, and that the other woman is one of her best friends.
One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one? As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined.
Because someone in the villa is prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden.

My Thoughts:

I wanted to finish the year with the same author I started it with. So I chose this book back in January as my final book for the year. However, this was so good that I ended up finishing it way too fast and was able to fit in another book after this. So all the best plans and all that! The part of the book that kept me reading it so fast was the tagline from the blurb:
'Seven days. Three families. One killer.'
This means someone kills, and someone dies, and throughout the book, we have no idea who will be which. I kept waiting for a body to appear and for the story to kick in, which helped me propel through the book. However, unfortunately, the middle of the book was relatively slow going, with a lot of repetition and not a lot happening. If it hadn’t been for that tagline, this might have been the last book of the year after all.
Kate starts the holiday off already suspicious of her husband Sean, but when she sees messages she wasn’t supposed to at the beginning of the holiday, it sets her on a path of paranoia. She suspects all of her friends one by one of being her husband’s mistress, and this causes her to lose sight of other things happening with her family.
The ending was quite good, it was very twisty turny, but a lot of it made me mad. Sean’s reactions to any questions Kate had infuriated me. Your wife is accusing you of things, and your response is to say nothing!! The reasons behind the deceit are feeble when it does all come out. However, the very end was quite duplicitous, so it made up for any failings in the previous few chapters.
Overall, I enjoyed it, but I needed more from the middle of the book as it fell flat for me.

The Holiday
by T.M. Logan
Date Started
28th December 2022
Date Finished
31st December 2022