How have I missed out on reading T. M. Logan up until now? How!?!?
Since finishing The Holiday I have seen his other two books every time I’ve popped on to Amazon – 29 seconds and Lies, both of which are now on my wishlist. I probably would have already bought them by now, but after splurging a lot recently on books I am trying to have a month or so off. No more kindle books. Well, at least until August. Or until I cave tomorrow. Does a book buying ban ever work for anyone?
So, I read The holiday by T.M. Logan while on holiday. Yes, on holiday. I was sitting in the glorious Majorca sunshine while reading about the sweltering heated holiday of a group of friends who all booked some time away together that ended disastrously. A holiday for them that was complicated from the start and only proceeded to get tenser by the chapter. A holiday that I was glad I wasn’t on. And thankfully was nothing like my relaxing family holiday.
Seven days. Three families. One killer. – The tag lines and the cover completely grabbed my attention.
I love the cover. I don’t think it does anything very original but it caught my eye. It is simple, but totally works for me. It’s bright and summery. It’s good, isn’t it? And just in time for the summer holidays?
The setting was gorgeous, and I would have loved to wander around that gorgeous, luxurious villa. The heat, the atmosphere was all very well done. It made me want to pack a suitcase and go and visit the French coastline preferably staying in a very similar beautiful villa. As if. But I can dream. And play the lottery.
My one and only small complaint with the novel was that the author worked a bit too hard at trying to keep me (the reader) guessing. I felt like the setup dragged and I didn’t quite like how much of a doormat Kate was being, especially because she didn’t seem to be that easily walked over in the rest of her life. I can’t really explain too much for fear of spoilers, but I did have a few moments where I wanted to tell our main character to find her backbone and stand up for herself and her children.
I loved the twisty ending. I didn’t guess it at all. Not even a little bit. The ending was great, a real shock and oh so interesting. I just felt like it took quite a while to get there. But it was worth the wait.
I enjoy a big cast of characters in a novel. I loved all the different POVs in The Holiday and I loved following all the different stories centred around the same holiday in France. I found it compelling. I happily relaxed by the pool reading about a totally different holiday than the one I was on. All the characters felt unique and had their own voice.
The Holiday by T. M. Logan will be published on the 25th July.
I received a copy of The Holiday by T. M. Logan for review from the publisher via NetGalley – Thank you!
Logan’s debut thriller LIES was a blockbuster bestseller, one of the top ebooks of 2017, netting over 300,000 copies across all formats. This is the unmissable summer novel from the master of the everyman thriller.
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 Languedoc-Roussillon.
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.