Seven days Three families One killerIt 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 FranceBut 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 friendsOne 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

10 thoughts on “The Holiday

  1. says:

    OMG Crammed full of all of the shocks and surprises we have come to expect from T M Logan this was an easy 5 starsA group of long time besties vacationing in France after a few years apart one has discovered her husband is cheating on her and suspects it is with one of her friends She decides to use the vacation to get all of the dirt but when she digs in she learns there is much much Gahthis was so goodThank you to TM Logan St Martin's Press and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review

  2. says:

    Well truly I hate the guts of the characters I didn’t care what will happen to them I didn’t care one of them die hurt get abused terrorized kidnapped wounded etc But I have to admit they’re the ensemble to get awarded as the worst unlikeable characters have no idea why they’re created If I would be the author of this book at the first chapter I would have killed them at a bloody massacre So bloody that Tarantino movies look like Disney movies if you compare it with my harsh vulgar violent opening So thanks God I didn’t write this So so so so much better author wrote this book Why is he so much better? Because even though I was out of my patience and I fantasized million ways to kill those characters he gave me the reason to keep on reading with his great written plot meticulously developed story progression and satisfying pacing Actually if some pages of the book could have been emitted it would have been helpful to be hooked on the story But the second half was surprisingly twisty entertaining exciting So Kate decides to go to a vacation to France with her longtime friends including husbands kids She thinks her husband is cheating on her with one of her the very same friends she goes to the trip She starts to conduct her own investigation to find out the identity of this shameless bitch is and she plans to scratch her face with sharp nails and then jump on her to punch till she gets unconscious Oh sorry I confused her plan with regular Jerry Springer show scripted episode But as soon as she opens the box of secrets she realizes she finds out than she can handle So much lies secrets schemes twists you feel like all those scumbag characters are worse than day time soap opera actors who are stabbing each other behind their backs The conclusion of the story is good but it could be better There are still so much blanks needed to be filled And I still have so much uestions but I cannot talk about them without giving spoilers so I already put duct tapes on my mouth but funnily my hands still work but don’t worry my best friend Ashley watches my computer screen like a hawk and if I try to write anything inappropriate she’ll hit my hand with ruler So let’s round up my 35 stars to 4 because I enjoyed the writing and gripping story telling but I wished I chose some better book of the author because his previous books stayed at my tbr so long that they might feel like they stayed at the purgatory so long Just like some of my long time reuested books at NetGalley They are not rejected but they are also not approved They directly go to the archive cemetery This is one of my good thriller reads but not one of the best and memorable reads I recommend you to take it when you go to the holiday with your friends so you may give them dubious and disgusted looks during your vacation and learn the lesson of your life about how to lose your friends and alienate peopleSpecial thanks to NetGalley and St Martin Press for sharing this page turner ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest reviewbloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  3. says:

    4 Jaw Dropping StarsRowan Jennifer Izzy and Kate were best friends and they all were marking their fortieth birthdays with a week together in the South of France husbands and children includedAnd this is where it all begins They are all in France and Kate sees 3 unread messages on messenger on her husband's phone She clicks on them and sees that the messages are from Coral Girl Message me later when you can XNeed to be careful this weekend like we discussed Remember to delete messages as soon as you read Does K suspect anything Then her husband messages her back She has no idea but I can't go on like this We'll decide when we're in France Figure out what to doI need to tell her soon Coral Girl responds We talked about thisBetter a secret Husband then respondsI know I feel so bad for lying to KKate then thinks that her husband is having an affair She suspects that the other woman is one of her two friends that are on vacation with her But which one? The stakes are far higher than she imaginedI love this author I read 29 seconds last year and after I read that one I was hooked and wanted to read all of the author's books I loved the setting in France I felt like I was there I love when a book takes you to another country The characters were all very well developed The author brings them to life There were unlikable characters in this one The kids needed a lot of discipline which they didn't had any at all Odette was such a brat but I loved reading about her After the first half of the book it became a very addictive read I was captivated in the story and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next I was so intrigued It was a big surprise with jaw dropping moments and lots of twists and turns This was not a predictable read at allI want to thank Netgalley St Martin's Press and the author for the arc of this book in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    The year that four best friends turn 40 they travel to France with their families to stay at a luxurious villa together Kate is on edge though because her husband Sean has been acting distracted uninterested in her and she suspects that he is having an affair When she checks his messages on his phone she realizes that he must be having an affair with one of her three best friends This week long vacation just goes downhill from there as Kate frets about what to do how to save her family and how to find out which woman is cheating with her husband So many secrets and Kate has them too She has wronged intentionally or knowingly all three of her friends at one point or another Any of them would have a reason to hurt Kate if they decided to do so And it's beginning to look like someone might be willing to kill to keep the affair a secret Too many things are going wrong too many people including the husbands and children are acting strange Just what is going on?There is something that I didn't enjoy about the story and that is when Kate would be on the verge of learning something important from someone so many times as the person was on the verge of blurting out what was going on spilling their guts telling on someone a catastrophe big or small would occur in mid sentence and off everyone would go sentence unfinished I was okay with it a few times but it seemed to happen way too often within about a five day period But otherwise I enjoyed the story even if I didn't really like the characters I even would get a chuckle because of the little five year old red headed brat that would act outI would not have wanted to be around that kid in person but from this side of the page her tantrums made me laugh That little girl highlights a problem with this group thoughthat the parents don't seem to have control of their children have no idea what their children are up to The entire group is pretty messed up no wonder so many things happen to them While the parents are dealing badly with what is going on between them the teenagers have their own problems that may outweigh those of the parents Published July 21st 2020 Thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC

  5. says:

    Kate Jennifer Izzy and Rowan have been friends since their university days Now years later with families of their own they decide to include husband s and children in their “girls” vacation Maybe that wasn’t the best idea ladies You knowworlds colliding and all that🙄Upon arrival Kate spies a text in her husband's phone And surprise of surprises it’s from another woman The obvious conclusion is an affair So why does this mystery text sound familiar? Kate has a sneaking suspicion it has come from one of her dear friends here on their vacation retreatGreat premise Unfortunately it just didn’t grab me This may be one of those it’s me and not the book situations 🤷🏻♀️ But the story line just went in one direction and my attention in another There are many fabulous five star reviews for this book but I just couldn’t get there A buddy read with Susanne that left us both a bit underwhelmedThank you to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for an ARC to read and review

  6. says:

    A slow burn of a mystery involving 4 best friends vacationing together I had high expectations for this one after enjoying  Lies 2017 by this author I really wanted this one to be a winner The beginning was intriguing as one of the wives suspects her husband of having an affair with one of the friendsThe second half involves the couples teenagers and this story line totally lost my interest These are not the kind of people I would call friends and certainly not a dream vacation I was frustrated with the pace and it didn't pick up until the last chapters I was expecting tension and thrills throughout the novelI am in the minority on my opinion so check out the five star reviews and this may be a exciting read for you I saw that it was published in 2019 as The Holiday and will be released in July 2020 as The VacationThanks to NG SM for my review copy

  7. says:

    Perfect friendships Perfect families The Perfect vacationa perfect messKate Izzy Jennifer and Rowan have been friends forever They decide to take their families and vacation together at a luxurious villa in France Sounds wonderful right? Beautiful location good friends good food relaxing times except it is not for Kate who believes her husband is having an affair with one of her friendsSo instead of a perfect holiday this trip becomes a nightmare Think you have everything figured out? Think again Go into this one as blind as possible Kate was on a mission to learn the truth but will it be the truth she is looking for? What if you think you know the truth and the truth comes back to bite you? Will knowing the truth set her free or cause even pain? This was a fast read that will irritate you at times has characters that are not all that likable have secrets have serious flaws and have an annoying child or two Ever hear the adage With friends like these? Vacationing together can either make or break a relationshipwhat will happen here?A fast read that had me asking all kinds of uestions coming up with all kinds of theories and not figuring a single thing out I really enjoy when I can’t figure things out Entertaining frustrating at times with several twists and turns but everything comes together in the endThank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own

  8. says:

    The book begins with this epigraph It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend” William BlakeThree FamiliesSeven DaysTOO MANY SECRETS TO COUNTIt’s supposed to be the perfect vacation until Kate comes across a thread of text messages between her husband Sean and CoralGirlThe texts suggest an affair and a plan to figure out “what to do” while they are both in Francewhich means that the woman involved is also on this trip and that means it’s one of her best friendsBut which one? Rowanwho has always been clever than Kate?Jennifer who has always been prettier? Or Izzy the funnier one who always makes Sean laugh? I suspected each woman at one time or anotherKate has caused each of these women PAIN at some point in their friendship What kind of pain gets revealed a little bit at a timeBut Kate thought these bygones had all been put to rest Turns out that somebody has a secret that they would KILL for andnot everyone will survive not a spoiler revealed right after the epigraphI was engaged from the VERY first page and read this book in ONE DAY the REVEAL surprised me and was actually plausibleat the 90% point The last 10% not as much but still fun Overall it was entertaining and unputdownable for me Thank You to Netgalley St Martin’s Press and TM Logan for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review This book is published under the title “The Holiday” in the UK and available nowPublished under the title “The Vacation” in the US and is Available NOWI have enjoyed all three of this author’s titles and look forward to seeing what he comes up with next

  9. says:

    A great setting is key for all perfect mystery novels this riveting thriller has that in abundanceAs this secluded but familiar setting is the perfect modern take on a genre as Kate and her friends and families week long holiday to the south of France is about to turn into a trip from hellFor university friends Kate Rowan Izzy and Jennifer reunite to celebrate turning 40 this year this novel introduces an interesting dynamic of people who’ve got a tight bond but slightly different lifestyles nowWith Kate it’s her sixteen year old daughter Lucy transitioning into adulthood whilst Izzy is the single one of the group there’s a nice blend of charactersBut when Katy discovers some anonymous messages on her husband’s phone she starts to wonder if he is having an affair‘Does K Suspect Anything?’‘We’ll Decide When We’re in France’Which one of her long trusting friends could be behind the texts?I loved how everyone was a suspect as little hints are dropped through the book Lucy wanting definitive proof and cast a suspicious eye on all her friendsThe story is littered with plenty of red herrings and great chapter cliffhangers that makes this addictive readingI’m glad that even the tiny misdirects were resolved during the conclusionThis perfect summer thriller really slowly racks the tension as each day passes on their week long stay

  10. says:

    It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend William Blake I liked this one y'all The misdirection was flawless I suspected every character at some point throughout the story Told primarily through Kate's point of view though there are occasionally chapters from a few of the other characters The Vacation is a slow burning captivating domestic thriller That is until the final twenty percent of the bookthen the shocks come in a fast and furious manner So many puzzle piecesand I just simply wasn't able to put them together TM Logan clearly deserves some kudos This is only my second of his books but I definitely preferred this to 29 Seconds My only gripe and it's a relatively small oneI was hoping for tension and build up as the story progressed Regardless the story was compelling and kept me engaged throughoutRecommended Available July 21 2020 in the United States My sincere thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for my advance copy