Book Review: The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

May 31, 2017 Book review 4 ★★★★

I devoured The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis with an ominous sense of dread. I couldn’t guess if we were dealing with an unreliable narrator, vengeful family members, a huge red herring of a disappearance, or just your average random psychopath. So as you can imagine I was flipping pages rapidly to solve the mystery of the missing husband.

Book Review: The Honeymoon by Tina SeskisThe Honeymoon by Tina Seskis
Published by Penguin on June 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

There's trouble in paradise. . .
For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight's retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy. It should be paradise, but it's turned into a nightmare.
Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes. After everything they've been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all - where has her husband gone?

!@#$ ARC REVIEW CRIME suspense Twisted!

First Line of The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

“I gaze at the sea, and it is a wonderous, ever-shifting patchwork of paint-box blues, the likes of which I’ve never seen before, and I wonder if he’s out there.”

My Thoughts on The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

I loved the paradox between the dream setting, and the nightmare reality. A honeymoon in the Maldives makes me dream of romantic walks on white sands, swimming lazily in glittering warm waters, and indulging in all the 5 star luxury. Instead Jemma experiences the horrific, and abrupt disappearance of her new husband.

The story is told in two timelines; the honeymoon timeline, and flashbacks to when they met and their journey up to their marriage. I loved the full cast of characters. There were lots of potential suspects, and a full pond of red herrings swimming in circles to confuse and disorient you.

With messy relationships to be untangled, tense family dynamics to be grasped, and the two timelines to be connected, this turned into a page-turner of a read. I love the observations that the author makes about life in general, and she can straddle humour with suspense easily.

My only complaint is that I guessed the ending. Well not conclusively, but it was definitely on my suspicion list. And it makes me worry for the state of my brain from all these psychological thrillers that I lap up, as it really shouldn’t have even crossed my mind!

Overall another exciting, and engaging read from Tina Seskis. This is her third book, and I’ve loved them all.


Rating Report
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Overall: four-stars

Who should read The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis?

I recommend this to you if you like exotic locations, messy relationships, and a perplexing story. Fans of Lucy Dawson, Ruth Ware and Liz Nugent should also enjoy.

Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


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4 Responses to “Book Review: The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I’ve been eyeing this book, and I love a book with a “full pond of red herrings swimming in circles to confuse and disorient you.”

    I’ve read a previous novel by this author and enjoyed it, so this one is going on my list. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Rita @ Paging Through Books

    Ooh, such a great sounding story! Was already on my GR wishlist but now I can’t wait. I love a book that hijacks your day and makes you only think about turning the pages. I’ve never heard of the author before, so now I’ll check her out since you said this isn’t her first book. Thanks for an informative review that made up my mind to definitely read this!
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