07 April 2021

Her Last Holiday


By C.L. Taylor
Psychological Thriller

My Review

Two years earlier, Fran's sister Jenna attended a wellness retreat in Gozo but didn't return home. Something happened that caused the deaths of two people and Jenna to disappear. Celebrity wellness guru Tom Wade served a prison sentence for the deaths and is now a free man. Under pressure from his wife, he agrees to host another retreat; this time in Wales. Using an assumed identity Fran seizes the opportunity to try and discover what happened to her sister.

Her Last Holiday was highly entertaining. Fast-paced and gripping, I couldn't put it down until I discovered Jenna's fate. With dual timelines of Jenna in Gozo and Fran in Wales, I enjoyed how the plot slowly revealed its secrets yet still remained exciting and immersive. 

Characters were fully developed and although not all were likeable, I was constantly guessing (and changing my mind!) who was responsible for Jenna's disappearance and why. I thought the story was intriguing and the writing flowed beautifully. I had to suspend disbelief on a few occasions, which really didn't bother me because I was so wrapped up in the story. I was thoroughly entertained and really enjoyed reading it.       

Book Source: Review copy from the publisher
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Avon (20th Jan 2022)
ISBN-13: 978-0008379254

The Blurb

You come to Soul Shrink to be healed. You don’t expect to die.

Two years ago, Fran’s sister Jenna disappeared on a wellness retreat in Gozo that went terribly wrong.

Tom Wade, the now infamous man behind Soul Shrink Retreats, has just been released from prison after serving his sentence for the deaths of two people. But he has never let on what happened to the third victim: Jenna.

Determined to find out the truth, Fran books herself onto his upcoming retreat – the first since his release – and finds herself face to face with the man who might hold the key to her sister’s disappearance. The only question is, will she escape the retreat alive? Or does someone out there want Jenna’s secrets to stay hidden?

The Author

C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of eight gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 - THE ACCIDENT / Before I Wake (U.S. title)
2015 - THE LIE
2018 - THE FEAR
2019 - SLEEP

She has also written standalone two Young Adult thrillers: THE TREATMENT and THE ISLAND.

C.L. Taylor's books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Audible, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into 25 languages and optioned for TV.

SLEEP won the 'best ebook' award in the Amazon Publishing Readers' Awards. THE ESCAPE won a Dead Good Books award. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the 'Pageturner' category.

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol in the UK with her partner and son.

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