Book Review: The Holiday by T.M. Logan

April 29, 2020 Book review 6 ★★★

The Holiday by T.M. Logan is one of those books that every seemed to be reading and raving about last summer. So I’m a bit late to the party, and I also seem to have gone to a different party to everyone else, as I’m not celebrating this book in the same was as everyone else seemed to.

Book Review: The Holiday by T.M. LoganThe Holiday by T.M. Logan
Published by Bonnier Publishing Fiction on July 25, 2019
Genres: Thrillers, Crime, Psychological, Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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three-stars

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.

AUDIOBOOK CRIME suspense

My Thoughts on The Holiday by T.M. Logan

I loved the setting in this book. A plush villa in France, the perfect place for shadowy secrets between friends to be brought in to the light, to burn them all. So excellent setting, but the execution left me a bit deflated.

Initially I thought the plot lacked pace, and with lots of main characters – 12 of them, a mix of adults and kids – I struggled a bit to get to know them all and stay invested. All of this combined made the first 75% of the book lag and I never felt very excited about getting back in to it.

But the last 25%. Finally I got invested. It rewarded my patience. I loved how everything was explained, and what seemed mundane at the time was integral to the plot. Everything turned out to be a lot more complex and interwoven that I had initially suspected.

When I put it down, despite my initial misgivings, I felt satisfied with the plot and how it all wrapped up. But I don’t know if I’d race out to read more by this author.

Also I’m still annoyed by the tagline that mentions 3 families, as it totally ignores that it was 3 families and a friend who was single. She is an integral part of the book, and because she isn’t part of a family, it was like she didn’t even matter. Seriously?

Rating Report
Characters
three-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Pace
two-stars
Did I feel it?
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

Who should read The Holiday by T.M. Logan

I’d recommend this if you like slow boil suspense books, and have a lot more patience than I do. Fans of Liane Moriarty may also enjoy.

three-stars

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6 Responses to “Book Review: The Holiday by T.M. Logan”

  1. Katherine

    The setting appeals to me too but I just read a book where I loved the setting but was kind of meh about the story so I think I’ll pass on this one.

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