The Vacation - Review
With The Vacation, T.M. Logan has returned to the level of intrigue and engagement of his first novel, Lies!
The Vacation is about 4 women, longtime friends that have gotten their families together to celebrate their upcoming 40th birthdays with a luxury vacation. Each friend is in a very different place in her life. Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair with one of her friends, and her focus is ferreting out evidence of his philandering. Rowan is in the middle of a company merger. Izzy has started a new relationship. Jennifer has her own family crisis. However, they come together to celebrate their friendship and to encourage friendships between their families. Beneath the surface of their friendships, many little secrets have accumulated over the years. After a body is found, how will the women react? Will they band together in a united front? Or will their separate lives and secrets lead to fracture within the group and their families?
Much of the storyline of The Vacation is dedicated to Kate investigating her husband’s affair. As the summary of the book mentioned a death I kept waiting for the death to occur...and it took a bit. However, the story was engaging and I was on the edge of my seat with each twist and turn (fully expecting the body) before we reached that point of the story. I do wish that a bit more time had to spent on the unraveling of the story towards the end, but this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. The Vacation has a heart pounding ending; I can’t wait to read T.M. Logan’s next thriller!
Thank you to T.M. Logan and St. Martin’s Press for the advance copy of this novel!! You can preorder on Amazon - the US release date is July 21st, 2020.
You Are Not Alone
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have knocked this one out of the park!!
A shocking, twisty-turny thrill ride of a novel, You Are Not Alone begins dramatically with Shay Miller witnessing an apparent suicide by subway. Simply witnessing this traumatic event throws Shay’s life into a tailspin. Prior to this, Shay was fairly complacent: she was secretly crushing on her roommate/best friend and working a temp job. Afterwards, Shay tries to recenter herself by going to a memorial for the suicide victim. She winds up befriending some of the same girls that were friends with the deceased: The Moore sisters. These gals become Shay’s nearly instant best friends, and support her through thick and thin by helping her find a place to live, find a job, and delve into online dating. However, it quickly becomes apparent to the reader that the Moore sisters aren’t quite as sparkly as they seem. What exactly are they up to, and when will Shay put all the pieces together?
As in previous novels by this duo, the story isn’t told in chronological order. The timeline jumps all over this place, which adds to the intrigue and tension as events are revealed out of order. Throughout, the reader knows a bit more than Shay, and this keeps the pages flying! I couldn’t put this book down!!
Thanks to St. Martin’s press for the early copy!! You Are Not Alone will be available on March 3rd, and you can pre-order now on Amazon!
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