Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Honeymoon - Tina Seskis

There's trouble in paradise . . .

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight's retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy.

It should be paradise. But it's turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes.

After everything they've been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all - where has her husband gone?

What did I think?

Holy cow!  How on earth do I review a book such as The Honeymoon?  It is abso-blooming-lutely FREAKING AMAZING!!!  I took a quick look at it one evening and ended up finishing it the next day as I was hooked as soon as the plot twisted at the end of part 1 and then completely blown away by the ending.

Jemma isn't exactly a likeable character but that is part of the beauty of the whole book.  We are introduced to her as she meets her boyfriend on a blind date when her friend sets her up on an internet dating site.  Almost from the moment she meets him, she is planning how and when she can break up with him.  What a total b*tch!  Next thing you know she is off to paradise, aka the Maldives, for her honeymoon and she is barely speaking to her husband.  Trouble in paradise doesn't even come close!  When her husband goes missing, it isn't long before the spotlight turns on Jemma - unable to hide their bickering and misery from other holidaymakers, they weren't your traditional newlyweds.

I was trundling along for the first quarter of the book, just getting to know the characters and wondering what direction it was going then BAM!  WTF?!?  Oh Ms Seskis you are one clever word mistress.  So after I recovered I put on my literary running shoes and raced through the rest of the story, only briefly stopping to catch my breath after one almighty exclamation of horror.  Talk about giving me goosebumps!

This is one EXCELLENT book.  I literally exclaimed out loud and have difficulty writing about this book without thinking of THAT moment.  I am still completely gobsmacked and I'm sure this book will be in my Top 20 of 2017.  People may think this is a romantic book but they couldn't be more wrong - it ends up being the honeymoon from hell for Jemma, with part of me thinking that she perhaps got her just desserts in the end.

The Honeymoon is stomach-clenchingly brilliant, although you perhaps don't want to read it around the pool on your holiday.  I really can't recommend it highly enough for psychological thriller fans who think they've seen it all - you ain't seen nothin' yet!

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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