Review: “The Vacation” by T.M. Logan

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Vacation” by T.M. Logan is a twisty thrill ride that moves at 100 miles per hour from start to finish, keeping you plastered to your seat the entire way. It’s a faster-than-fast must read.

About the Book

Seven days. Three families. One killer.

“The Vacation” by T.M. Logan

“It was supposed to be the perfect getaway: Kate and her three best friends, spending a week with their families in a luxurious villa in the south of France. Through the decades they’ve stayed closer than ever, and seven days of drinking crisp French wine and laying out under the dazzling Mediterranean sun is the perfect celebration of their friendship. But soon after arriving, Kate discovers an incriminating text on her husband’s cell phone.

A text revealing that he’s having an affair.

And that the other woman is one of her best friends.

But which one?

Trapped in paradise with no one to trust, Kate is determined to find out who has put her marriage—and a lifelong friendship—in jeopardy. But as she closes in on the truth, she realizes that the stakes are higher than she ever imagined. Everyone on the trip has secrets…and someone may be prepared to kill to keep theirs hidden.”

My Review

“The Vacation” is all that you expect from a T.M. Logan book. It’s jam-packed with suspense. It’s more twisty than a pretzel. And it’s nearly impossible to put down. Short chapters make it a fast read despite it’s 367 page length. Each chapter is an appetizer for next. There’s just enough revealed in each one to keep you racing forward. However, there are so many red herrings that what you think is a revelation is just the master at work. T.M. Logan is definitely the master of psychological thrillers.

The only downside to “The Vacation” is the strong friendship that supposedly exists between the four women is never truly felt by the reader. Although Kate’s suspicion of her three friends would naturally change the way she feels and acts when they’re together, there still isn’t a feeling of a deep connection. The same holds true for the other women. As the story alternates between their different points of view, never does the reader feel the love they should have for each other. All four of them are harboring secrets, so maybe that’s T.M. Logan’s reason for creating the lukewarm dynamic.

For readers who like a little emotional investment in the characters, “The Vacation” falls short of the mark. Perhaps that’s the way Logan intended. After all, it’s a fast paced, twisty novel and deeper characterization would have slowed it down. Perhaps even bogged it down. For me, though, the final twist would have punched me in the gut all-the-more harder if I’d felt invested in the characters, their marriages, and their friendship.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book. I did. Immensely. I love fast paced thrillers full of twists, and this one fit the bill. Don’t let anything stop you from picking it up. You’ll devour every page — quickly.

About the Author

T. M. Logan, the bestselling author of LIES, 29 SECONDS, and THE VACATION, was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.