Blog Tour Review, The Summer Holiday

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The Summer Holiday
S.E. Lynes

336 pages
published May 9, 2023


About the book

One loving couple. One surprise guest. One week to destroy everything…

When the doorbell rings, I take one last look round the villa. The nuts and olives are in bowls; the white wine is chilling in the fridge; everything is ready for my old college friend, the guest I’m dying to impress.

When I open the door, Coco steps from the dusty street into the cool tiled hall, as effortlessly beautiful as ever. But then her face freezes in horror, her mouth falling open. I turn to see my husband Jeff behind me, his eyes wide, his cheeks pale.

After a moment, they both smile, pretending nothing happened at all. But I know what I saw.

This holiday was meant to rescue my marriage, not ruin it.

But the connection between my friend and my husband isn’t what I thought.

All three of us have something to lose, and something to fight for.

And when the truth comes out, not all of us will survive…

From the no.1 bestselling author S.E. Lynes comes a brilliantly gripping thriller that will have you racing through the pages and gasping out loud at the twists. Fans of Paula Hawkins, Lisa Jewell and Gillian Flynn will love The Summer Holiday.

My Review

I have read quite a few books by Ms. Lynes and they are always twisty.  And always entertaining.  This one has a couple that is hoping to reconnect on holiday now that their daughter is grown.  I’ll say that while I did not like any of the characters, I was curious to know where this one was going.  And I appreciated that the main characters were a little older.

Everyone has a secret and that leads to many twists as they are revealed.  Things are not always what they seem.  Domestic thrillers can be a dime a dozen, but this one doesn’t feel old and had a little bit of a fresh angle.  What starts out as a slow burn (at least for me), picked up in the second half and I did not want to put it down.

I think both the author’s fans and lovers of slow burn domestic thrillers will like this one.

Author Bio:

A former BBC Producer, S.E. Lynes has lived in France, Spain, Scotland and Italy and is now settled in Greater London. After completing her MA, she taught creative writing at Richmond Adult Community College for ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing in Richmond Borough.

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