I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Vacation by T.M. Logan
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 21, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
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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.
Well well well, I do have to say this book took me for a wild ride. One, I wasn’t quite sure it was capable of. I went into this book thinking “374 pages of a wife trying to figure out which one of her three best friends her husband was cheating on her with” seemed pretty long. Like geez just confront your husband and get it over with! What can possibly happen in 374 pages? Quite a lot actually!
Kate, along with her three best friends from university days, Rowan, Jennifer and Izzy and their families all go away for a week vacation to a luxurious villa in France. It has been five years since their last vacation together due to kids and responsibilities, so this vacation means a lot to them and a way to reconnect their friendship. But, on the first day, Kate snoops through her husband, Sean’s, phone and it seems like he is having an illicit affair with one of her best friends. Heartbroken and devastated, Kate sets out to find the “friend” who has betrayed her. Secrets build up, the heat intensifies, and someone is willing to commit murder to make sure their secret never gets out.
There is so much going on in this story, I am kinda still blown away thinking about it. Between all the twists, different players and story lines and how they all seem separate but all interconnect at the same time really paints a vivid picture and keeps you guessing all throughout. It was impossible for me to figure out through the entire story which I found absolutely amazing because I hate figuring the story out early on. There are so many red herrings thrown out during the course of the story that is meant to cause confusion and I definitely did not see the last 10% of the book coming at all!
The characters of this story are many and each has their own individual stories interweaves between the main character, Kate’s cheating scandal and the heart of this story. Can I say I liked any of the characters? They each have their moments, although some are definitely worse than the others and OMG some of them are downright scary. I do have to say one in particular got on my last nerve. Rowan’s daughter, Odette, was a feisty spoiled rotten child and every part with her in it was like nails running down a chalkboard. Gah!
I completely devoured The Vacation in a matter of hours. T.M. Logan surely delivered on the suspense and kept me guessing all through the story. If you enjoy multi-layered stories full of thrilling suspense that will keep you guessing all the way till the end, then you definitely want to pick up a copy of this book.