Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Holiday by T.M. Logan. My thanks to Tracy Fenton for the opportunity to join and to Bonnier Zaffre for my review copy!
Author : T.M. Logan
Title : The Holiday
Pages : 489
Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date : July 25, 2019
| ABOUT THE BOOK |
Seven days. Three families. One killer.
It was supposed to be the perfect holiday – a group of families enjoying a week together in the sun. Four women who have been best friends for as long as they can remember making the most of a luxurious villa in the south of France.
But Kate has a secret: her husband is having an affair. And a week away might just be the perfect opportunity to get the proof she needs – to catch him in the act once and for all. Because she suspects the other woman is one of her two best friends.
One of them is working against her, willing to sacrifice years of friendship to 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 may be prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden.
| MY THOUGHTS |
Kate, Izzy, Rowan and Jennifer have been friends for years. This year, all four women turn 40 and what better way to celebrate that than with a week in the glorious sunshine of the south of France. With husbands and children in tow, this is supposed to be the perfect holiday.
But Kate thinks her husband, Sean, is having an affair. Not just with anyone but with one of her best friends. But which friend? Could it be Izzy, the longtime friend who’s been traveling the world and finally seems ready to settle down? Could it be Jennifer, the stay-at-home and somewhat overprotective mum? O could it be Rowan, the hugely successful businesswoman?
T.M. Logan sets the scene for this week perfectly, really allowing the reader to get to grips with the dynamics in these friendships and marriages. These friends couldn’t possibly be more different from each other if they tried and each and every one of them seems to have something to hide. And let’s not forget the children, who all bring their own kind of drama to the table.
The Holiday is quite the slow-burner but it remains gripping throughout as the reader, alongside Kate, tries to figure out what is going on and which friend could possibly be invading Kate’s marriage. The tension slowly builds up throughout the story. It’s a bit like a pressure cooker, simmering away, and you just know that lid is going to blow off any minute. It feels quite realistic in a way. There’s a big difference between spending an afternoon barbecuing with friends or spending an entire week with them on holiday, no matter how beautiful the surroundings may be.
I couldn’t at all figure out what was going on or who was involved. There’s quite a bit going on and watching the pieces of the puzzle finally come together was utterly satisfying. T.M. Logan always manages to come up with such incredibly clever plots and The Holiday is no different. Full of red herrings, this story about secrets, lies and dare I say it, bad parenting, will keep you guessing until the very end.
The Holiday is available to buy!
| ABOUT THE AUTHOR |
Tim was born in Berkshire and studied in London and Cardiff before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently writes full-time and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.