Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Vacation by T.M. Logan

In The Vacation, a captivating thriller from T. M. Logan, the bestselling author of Lies and 29 Seconds, four lifelong friends on a luxurious vacation come face-to-face with an explosive secret.

It was supposed to be the perfect vacation, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children, spending a week 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 realizes—too late—that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined. And someone in the villa may be prepared to kill to keep their lies hidden.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3 stars for characters
4 stars for the story

This is definitely a book that kept me reading – but really none of the people in it were very nice, at all! Although the story happens over a week in a luxury house in France, we do get snippets of previous events... sometimes they make something clearer, often they muddy the waters even more.

The four women, friends since Uni days, used to meet up every year, and then life got in the way, but now they are all about to hit 40 and they decide they should spend a week together and bring their families too. At this point I already knew this was a really bad idea... but little did I get just how bad a plan it was!

What is fascinating is how many things can bring groups of people who have known each other a while, but not had to live in the same house, mindful at least of each other’s rules, particularly parenting rules and reasons. Three of them are married and have children, the fourth, Izzie is a free spirit and alone. They are all in totally different career paths, different interests, and the children are at difficult ages to even have any desire to play with each other.

I found it sadly believable how one discovery led to a minefield of findings, suppositions. and misunderstandings. It was cleverly built up and broken down. But as I mentioned at the start, I really found it difficult to care about what or why things were happening. That didn't make it any less riveting, it just didn't emotionally grip me as it all comes tumbling down.

Definitely a good holiday read, although probably best not if you have gone on holiday with family and people you think of as friends...

Born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother, T.M. LOGAN studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. Logan lives in Nottinghamshire and is the author of Lies, 29 Seconds, and The Vacation.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Vacation by T.M. Logan to read and review.

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