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The Holiday

Narrated by: Laura Kirman
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Summary

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 Languedoc-Roussillon.

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.

©2019 T.M. Logan (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Once again - a wasted credit

Huge disappointment. I read the story line and thought that this would be a book about adults. Sadly no. All about children and teenagers and extremely boring made unbearable by the accents used! Wanted to scream every time one of the 'children's' voices were attempted. The Irish accent was nearly as bad but at least it was an attempt at an adult Irish accent. Would not recommend The Holiday on holiday or at any other time.

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Ridiculous plot

Where to start? The woman suspecting her husband of having an affair who chooses to string out the agony rather than just ask him? The ten year old who is written as though he were 6? The CSI who forgets herself and disturbs a crime scene? Or the constant recaps the author gives you, just in case you weren’t keeping up.

Utterly implausible and predictable.

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Brilliant thriller, ideal for poolside reading

I really liked "Lies" by the same author but was disappointed by "29 Seconds" which was so preposterous I returned it so it was with some trepidation that I got this book. I loved the premise so I thought I would give it a go and I was just delighted as this is my favourite of the three books by far.
There were plenty of twists and turns, red herrings, suspense and teasers all in a beautiful luxurious sunny setting. I read a lot of it lying in the sun and I really had a great time with it. I love a thriller which is exciting intriguing and involving but does not go to dark, gritty, gory or disturbing places and this really fits the bill. In other words it is murder mystery but in the best traditions of holiday whodunnit so a great read for all fans of the genre.
Towards the end the thriller ramped up and those looking for complete believability may find it a bit far fetched - but then if you are happy to believe one of the mums is a CSI officer, then like me you may be happy to throw scepticism to the wind and buckle up for intrigue, suspicion, and a rollicking adventure which makes compulsive reading,
So delighted I took a chance as I really did enjoy it and look forward to the next T M Logan thriller.
PS Narration by Laura Kirman was EXCELLENT, so many accents and easily identifyable charater made the listen extra special plus her children's voices were just so realistic it was spooky - great talent will look out for her name in future.

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Not good!

I’m sad to say that I couldn’t recommend this book, not even for bedtime reading. The plot is awful, it goes round in circles and the ending has so many holes! I would keep looking before committing to this book.

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Don’t listen to the audio

Unless you want to find out halfway through who the woman is... because you’ll hear her accent quite clearly. DOH

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Terrible Book (Spoilers included)

Suspend disbelief if you want to enjoy this book.

For about 85% of the book, the main character Kate is about as stupid a person as you’d ever likely to meet. Then for the last few chapters she’s suddenly as shrewd as Columbo.

The setting is a holiday/reunion with friends and their families in the South of France.

Shortly after arriving she checks her husbands phone and on the flimsiest of evidence she suspects her husband is cheating on her with one of her old university friends. Then in an about-turn with even looser scraps of proof she exonerates this friend and believes it’s the other friend. Repeat again and she now thinks it’s the other remaining friend. She even thinks he’s banging them all.

It’s all beyond belief really as she just jumps to crazy conclusion, even suspecting one of her buddies husbands to be a pedophile just because he’s distracted by her daughter coming out of the pool (sexually active attractive 17 YO who looks older than her age).


Kate works for the police as a crime scene investigator! She is just a silly character and the stupidity is all put down to her leaving her ‘work head’ at home before coming on holiday.

What is actually going on is supposed to be picked up by the reader from a series of flashback snippets from the POV of the daughter and a couple of abstract conversations between Kate and her daughter and the daughter and one of the other boys.

It’s all quite tedious, there’s a sex tape of the daughter filmed by an older boy, and a month or so before the events of the book she wanted him dead and the mentally ill son of Kate’s friend obliged and carried it out. The husband is helping covering it up and everyone knows except Kate.

I would recommend any sane enjoyer of crime/thrillers stay well clear of this trash. To make matters worse the narration is bad. There is no distinction at all between Kate’s husband and Kate’s female friend, both of whom are Irish.

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brilliant, had me hooked from the start!

Great read with lots of twists and turns in this fast paced story. Fantastic page turner...

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God God!

I read all the reviews and thought this book would be brilliant!
Not for me.
This boring housewife was as repellent as could be. Umm not one character could I like. In my opinion - Don't listen to 'Richard and Judy' they get paid for liking this shite.
Trust me there are better books available!
The Narrator - was ok, but good luck with that one too! Sorry all but in my opinion it's all shite.!

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very flat and boring

the characters were very one dimensional. writing was bland and obvious. I would not recommend

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First class tale of lies and secrets

First class tale of lies and secrets carefully woven into a story of relationships, trust and deceit with a neat twist at the end

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