Blog Tour Review, The Holiday Home

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The Holiday Home: A completely unputdownable and addictive psychological thriller
Daniel Hurst

243 pages
published March 1, 2023

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About the book

The perfect holiday or the perfect nightmare…

I sit sipping champagne in the warm water, bubbles frothing around me as I admire the breathtaking view of gorgeous blue skies and mountains. I can’t believe I’m here, at this stunning holiday home. It’s to die for…

My best friend and her husband have invited me and my family to their lakeside property for the weekend, to experience their luxury lifestyle. I’m not envious of their wealth, although I know my husband Ryan is. All I want is to escape from our recent troubles and get my marriage back on track.

Then I overhear Ryan having a whispered conversation late one evening, and he says something that sends a shiver down my spine. In this beautiful paradise my whole world is turned upside down.

Just when I think things can’t get any worse, I discover a second secret. The truth is even more shocking than I imagine, and now I have no idea who to trust.

This was meant to be the perfect holiday, but someone isn’t going to survive it…

A twist-filled psychological thriller that will keep your heart pounding until the very last page. If you love Behind Closed Doors, Gone Girl and The Housemaid, you’ll be gripped by The Holiday Home.

My Review

I love reading Daniel Hurst’s books.  You know what you are getting.  They are never too long.  They won’t have overly complex plots with extraneous storylines.  There will always be a couple of twists you won’t see coming.  They fall into what I like to think of as popcorn thrillers, as they are entertaining, and you can just picture the story unfolding.  They remind me of Keirsten Modglin and Freida McFadden.  They are consistently good.

This one is no exception.  Two families that the mothers/wives are best friends go off for a family holiday to a cabin in the woods.  Everyone is full of secrets and the reader is left to wonder which ones will come to light.  The chapters are short and they switch back and forth for the many POVs.  They mostly also ended in a little bit of foreshadowing that kept you wanting to keep reading as the next chapter would then switch to another narrator and you would have to wait to follow up on the mini cliffhanger.

This one is a little less of a thriller than his normal books and more just mystery/suspense.  I was able to figure out where most of the book was heading, but I still enjoyed the ride and can’t wait to read his next book.

I did both listen and read this one and thought it fit perfectly to have the dual narration by Zoe Mills and Richard Burnip.  I didn’t prefer one version over the other and thought the narrators did a great job bringing the story to life.

If you are a fan of these short, entertaining, suspenseful books, then I think this one will entertain you.

About Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst writes psychological thrillers and loves to tell tales about unusual things happening to normal people. He has written all his life, making the progression from handing scribbled stories to his parents as a boy to writing full length novels in his thirties. He lives in the North West of England, returning to his roots after several years away exploring the world and garnering plenty of ideas for future books!

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