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The Holiday: NOW A MAJOR TV DRAMA (Paperback)

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The Sunday Times bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club breakout thriller. Now a major TV drama on Channel 5 starring Jill Halfpenny

Take a holiday you won't forget . . .

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.

Praise for THE HOLIDAY

'Makes you think twice about going on holiday with friends' B.A. Paris

'Perfectly plotted and riveting with an exceptional ending' Diane Jeffrey

'Perfect summer reading' S R Masters

'Another blistering page-turner' Chris Whitaker


Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Zaffre Publication Date: 25/07/2019 ISBN-13: 9781785767708  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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T.M. Logan is a Sunday Times bestseller whose thrillers have sold more than 1 million copies in the UK and are published in 18 countries around the world. The Holiday was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and will soon be a major TV drama. Formerly a national newspaper journalist, he now writes full time and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter @TMLoganAuthor

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Inconsistent behaviour, family dynamics and teen angst in a very slow burning psycho thriller. The Holiday is the third of T.M. Logan’s novels that I have read and is a character driven and frustratingly slow burning psychological thriller centred around four best friends from university days reuniting for a week’s holiday to mark their fortieth birthdays. Accompanied by their husbands and offspring, the group are fortunate enough to have free rein of a luxurious villa amidst the vineyards of the South of France, but with issues aplenty, family strife and hidden secrets, things quickly turn toxic.. Protagonist and principal narrator, Kate, is a crime scene investigator and has concerns that her husband, Sean, might be having an affair with all the usual signs present. Discovering a series of messages on his phone making clear that the other party is on the holiday with them and ‘whether K suspects’, sees her eschew confronting him and attempt to uncover which one of her friends has betrayed her. Whether this is a credible reaction is highly debatable and as the story unfolds Kate’s suspicions switch between each of her three friends in turn, but with troubled teens dominating proceedings and some overprotective parenting on show, the atmosphere soon takes an ominously darker turn.. With Kate’s suspicions made clear the introduction of each of the women, their associated families and the surroundings occupies a lengthy spell. Kate is accompanied by Sean, sixteen-year-old model student, Lucy, and nine-year-old nerd, Daniel; full-time mum, Jennifer, by her counsellor husband, Alastair, and boundary testing and uncontrollable teenage sons, Jake and Ethan; high-flying PR impresario, Rowan, by her banker husband, Russ, and spoilt five-year-old, Odette and perennial traveller and free-spirit, Izzy, comes alone. With such a large cast it is difficult to do justice to their individual characterisation and I found this made it hard to invest in the story as I knew so little about many of them, including the course of the female friendship over the preceding years. Not only did I find Kate impossible to empathise with and couldn’t understand her behaviour until the denouement, I found the behaviour of Jennifer ridiculously far-fetched throughout. On so many occasions I found myself questioning the characters bizarre reactions and asking why no one seemed prepared to thrash out their suspicions, speak honestly to their partners or else cut their losses and go home! The story is one of family dynamics, teenage angst and parenting issues as much as anything else and the fact that none of the group seemed able to ask the obvious questions, of even their children, felt unrealistic. Surely any sensible parent would press their teenage daughter as to her social media worries but in the case of Kate, it seems not. As the story rumbles on Kate continues to behave incomprehensibly, and although she broaches the issue with her husband and confides to each of her friends, she also, rather unbelievably, never forces the issue. Met with disbelief and denials from her pals she sets about smoking her husband out but with teenage hijinks and her own children to protect, things get taken out of her hands when tragedy strikes... Suddenly the truth is out there and Kate is forced to make a comprising decision. The narrative moves between Kate in the first-person and rotates between all of the other characters in the third-person and in all honesty the story meanders for the bulk of the novel, never really building up sustained momentum until the end of the week is in sight. I found the characterisation of protagonist, Kate, rather contradictory and after being weak-willed and skirting about the issue of Sean’s affair to then discover a bit of backbone, surge into the level headed crime scene investigator and take control proved impossible to reconcile. From the first days of the holiday when Kate comes across as vapid and reluctant to confront things head on, her behaviour is a real about turn. Although I could believe a parent acting as she did in the later stages, why she avoided tackling Lucy about her angst and Daniel about what exactly he was getting up to with Jake and Ethan was inexplicable. Sadly it wasn’t until the final quarter of the novel that the pace picked up and the final hundred pages made for a welcome extended denouement with the tension ratcheting up to provide fireworks. Given that the novel is nigh on five-hundred pages I found it all too little, too late and had worked out where the story was heading by then. I was however incredibly impressed by the execution of a well-worked, if slightly too neat, conclusion. All in all, a bit of a fudged effort and a very uneven break in the South of France! Finally, it may be the way of the world these days but I did find the continual reference to teens being plugged into their mobiles tedious and from a readers perspective it certainly didn’t equate to a fantastically exciting thriller. I got to the stage when I almost wished for the ‘no mobile coverage’ that accompanies so many psychological thrillers with the holiday from hell premise! With thanks to Readers First who provided me with a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

- 21/07/2019
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I have just finished this book and would thoroughly recommend it! The story is centred around Kate and Sean, a married couple with two children. The family go on a holiday with three of Kate's friends and their family's. Things start to go wrong from the outset, Kate believing that her Husband is having an affair after finding some fairly incriminating evidence to suggest that he is and also with one of her friends. Kate quickly starts to suspect one of the friends in particular, so sure that she is right, until some new information suggests a different friend. The dream holiday turns very sour and the two teenage boys of one of the family's start to find their own entertainment. Lots of twists, turns and secrets revealed that you won't see coming. A great read.

- 19/07/2019
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Kate, her closest friends and their families head to France on holiday. Kate then reads some messages on her husband’s phone that make her believe he is having an affair. The messages also imply that the other woman is probably on holiday with them. Who could it be? As she tries to work out which of her friends could betray her like this, things take a turn for the worse. I was barely able to put this down – the book really is a page-turner. From the opening chapters, the suspense really holds your attention. While the book is mainly told from Kate’s perspective, this is mixed in wither with chapters from the points of view of her friends and family. These little chapters are a really nice touch and add to the mystery. If you enjoy thrillers, you’ll love this – go, grab a copy and put it in the suitcase ready for your next holiday!

- 17/07/2019
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T.M. Logan is the bestselling author of the standalone thrillers “Lies” and “29 Seconds”. Having enjoyed the latter novel, I was very much looking forward to reading this, his latest publication “The Holiday”. Although this is far from fast paced and a definite cliched ‘slow burn’ it did open with some beautifully atmospheric descriptions that pulled me into the French setting perfectly. I liked how the chapters were told through the different characters with the main voice being the female protagonist Kate. I did however, have some issues with the characters, Kate in particular. She didn’t suit her occupation of a crime scene investigator and felt that she was rather (for want of a better term) a wet blanket. Having discovered texts on her husband Sean’s phone, causing her to believe he was having an affair with one of her three best friends they were currently on holiday with, she is stunned to believe he could be so deceitful. To continue playing happy families with her husband and keep up social niceties with her friends, just didn’t ring true. I’m not sure many people would handle the situation in the same way but it did allow for the story to develop enough suspicions to keep the reader intrigued and focus on trust within friendships and relationships. Generally all the adult characters were uninspiring, unlikeable and odd, though I felt (through personal parental experience) the teenagers to be very true and realistic - moody, secretive and surly, generally due to the current world of communicating with peers, involving the internet and social media! It’s possible that due to the author being male and writing emotions for female characters, that was why the women seemed off kilter but I did sadly struggle to endear to any of them at all. I wasn’t sold either on the whole big twist and reason for Sean’s secrecy but I undoubtedly wanted to follow the story to the end and was intrigued enough by who it was having the affair with him to see it though. The story begs the question, can we ever trust our best friends, even those we’ve known for many years and explores many other issues, including how far would a parent go to protect their own offspring. Not earth shattering by any standard but a nice quick ‘holiday’ read that, if you like slow burn mysteries, you should enjoy and I was entertained enough to read more again by this author in the future. 3 stars

- 16/07/2019
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A clever, fast-paced thriller with masterful twists. Fast-paced and cleverly plotted, The Holiday is a twisting tale of friendship, families, secrets and betrayal. The book follows four longtime female friends who decide to take what turns out to be an eventful summer holiday with their families at a luxurious villa in southern France. Packed with secrets and suspense, the descriptive multiperspective narrative, well-drawn characters and intricate plot saw me racing through the pages and weaving through the jaw-dropping twists and turns though to a shocking ending that was impossible to second guess. This is the first book I have read by T.M. Logan and I would not hesitate to recommend it to fans of this genre. Straw sun hats off to the author for creating such an ingenious tale!

- 13/07/2019
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