Title: The Holiday by TM Logan
Date Published: 25th July 2019
Publisher: Zaffe Books
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Packed with twists and turns, The Holiday is Logan’s most powerful thriller yet…
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 Province.
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.
So I really enjoyed TM Logan’s last book 29 Seconds (you can read my review here) so I jumped at the chance to read The Holiday.
The story opens with the discovery of a body at the bottom of a cliff, we don’t know who or why the body ended up there but it painted a really visceral and realistic picture and set the tension for the whole book.
We go back in time and follow Kate and her friends Rowan, Izzy and Jennifer with their families as they holiday in a Villa for their fortieth birthdays. But all is not right in paradise as Kate finds some messages on her husband Mark’s phone and believes he’s having an affair. Tensions simmer beneath the surface boiling over and resulting in the death of one of the people in the mansion.
The Holiday was a sun soaked thriller that for me was the perfect summer read. It’s full so full of tension that it had me on edge just waiting for the killer reveal.
It’s told mainly from Kate’s first person perspective, which we really get inside her head and I felt really connected to her. There even a scene where she’s standing over her son sleeping, with this irrational need to check he’s still breathing which I found myself going ‘oh my god, I do that sometimes with my own son!’
My only minor issue was I felt like the author kept me waiting for a little too long, not getting to the really juicy stuff until about the last quarter of the novel. Although I can safely say I did not guess the end of this book by a long shot!
Overall The Holiday is a slow burn tension packed thriller that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.
About the Author:
TM Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications, in the field of higher education, and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.
His debut thriller LIES was a blockbuster bestseller, one of the top ebooks of 2017, and sold over 300,000 copies.
His second novel 29 Seconds was longlisted for the Specsaver National Book Award.
You can follow TM Logan on Twitter @TMLoganAuthor