Title: The Vacation
Author: TM Logan
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Adult fiction
Publisher: St Martins Press
Format: NetGalley eARC
Read from July 17-18, 2020
This book starts out with a dead body at the bottom of a gorge. The mystery is who the body belongs to and the events which led up to the death. I was very intrigued when I started reading, anticipating this was going to be an edge of the seat thriller. Let me tell you, I was very disappointed. This was not what I thought it was going to be from the description. It starts out with, “It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.” Alright, awesome. You have my attention…. and then it just goes downhill and I ended up not caring about what happens or the characters around the midway mark.
Kate goes on a vacation with her friends and their families. There are secrets and things going on. Kate thinks her husband is having an affair because of these messages she finds on his phone. She loses her mind immediately and needs to know the truth. The story takes place over like a week or so, I think? They are in France in this fancy house, and they are all spending time together. Between her POV, there are also third person POVs of her friends and these vague flashbacks to her daughter. Honestly, I was anticipating this was going to be about an affair and there would be drama. Instead, I was given a story I didn’t care about and just a twist I thought was rather lame. It was set up to be all shocking, but I did not care for it, The reason I did not care for it was because I was led to believe it was going to be one thing, and it veered in another direction fully.
None of the characters are likable. They are seem rather annoying and boring. Kate is going crazy because she thinks her husband is having an affair. There are other side stories happening, but the writer lacks creating a connection for the reader to care about what each person in the story has going on. Everyone is just rather whiny and self involved. Even the side plot of what is going on with Kates daughter could not hold my attention for long, It just seemed like all of the adults had problems and would drink to deal with them and all the of the children were being raised by unfit parents. That was my takeaway from this story. Just a bunch of terrible people who did a terrible thing to be shocked by, but it was rather lame.
I did enjoy the writing, but the story was a letdown. I would definitely read more from this author, but I do not recommend this thriller.
Thank you to NetGalley and St Martins Press for the advanced reader copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.