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    Family Secrets

    3.5 Stars The plot line of this book is actually pretty good. The conceit is that a group of 4 university friends (Kate, Jennifer, Izzy and Rowan) all get together for a blissful summer week in a sun bleached France to celebrate their friendship and that fact that they are all about to enter the milestone of their 40th year. Previously they have managed to sneak a girly weekend away to catch up and keep the friendship group together but this is different, this time partners and children are tagging along. The length of their friendship means that there is history aplenty between the 4, exacerbated by the fact their partners really don't get on and then throw in a bunch of children ranging from their teens to pre-schoolers and more or less anything can happen. The majority of the tale is told from Kate's point of view and we only ever really get to know the cast of characters from her point of view. This is a shame as I found Kate to be rather irritating. Apparently she is a civilian forensics officer but seems to have no critical thinking skills. Early on in the story she sees a series of messages on her husband's mobile that sets the tone for the rest of the book. Basically it becomes a series of vignettes detailing blissful sunny days overshadowed by squabbles and Kate's internal monologue of doom. The author does produce a good study of family dynamics and how friendships change over time, often fracturing and only held together by habit rather than any joy in each other's company. The small glimpses in to how each family relates to each other and those outside the family group are also well drawn and realistic. Although, teenagers seem to be the enemy of mankind as a whole and the three in this book fulfill every stereotype going between them. Of course nothing is what it seems and we slowly wade through days of ennui that are building to a dramatic finale. I will admit that there is a nice twist in the end and the final night does erupt in to a spectacular Hollywood style crescendo with everything getting resolved. Unfortunately, the real situation that is revealed is slightly too far fetched to be believed and the secrets that are finally exposed don't really come as any great shock at this point. It was a solid enough read with good pacing and some excellent inter-personal dynamics. Unfortunately I just found myself frustrated by the narrator and ultimately disappointed in the scope of the ending. THIS IS AN HONEST REVIEW OF A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK RECEIVED FROM READERS FIRST
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    Very interesting!

    Kept guessing till the end. Well written, couldn't guess the actual plot even when I stopped and gave it some thought from time to time. Have read another book by the same author but liked this better :)
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    Thrilling

    Keeps you guessing until the end. Great read, hard to put down.
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    Brilliant!!

    A really. Really good read. I read every line which is unusual as I very often speed read the uninteresting over descriptive pieces. Can't wait for the next book.
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    A Slow-burn mystery.

    The Holiday is a slow-burn mystery by T.M.Logan. The story focuses on three families as they holiday together in a luxury villa in the south of France. Four of the women have been best friends for years and this get together is a regular occurrence, a way to keep in touch. But Kate believes her husband, Sean, is having an affair with one of her best friends. But which one? It soon becomes clear that Sean isn't the only one with secrets and Kate realises that it is not only her marriage that is at risk. This is the first book that I have read by this author but I had heard good things and was excited to read The Holiday. Firstly, I found that I did enjoy the writing style, and T.M.Logan is extremely good at creating a realistic and believable setting. Being in the South of France the setting was stunning blue sky and vineyards as far as the eye can see. I could almost feel the warmth of the sun against my skin. As it is a very wet and windy February here in England that was a very welcome escape! Sadly though, I was a little disappointed with the story overall. It was just too slow-paced for me. That roughly 80% of the book is too drawn out and the action takes place right at the end, but because I found that I didn't like most of the characters It didn't matter that much what happened or to whom. I know that many people love this book, and as I mentioned the author writes extremely well, but unfortunately, this was just too slow-paced for me.
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