Her Last Holiday by C.L. Taylor – Book Review

Her Last Holiday by C.L. Taylor – Book Review

Her Last Holiday by C.L. Taylor

Her Last Holiday

Author – C.L. Taylor
Publisher – Avon
Pages – 400
Released – 29th April 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-0008379223
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
Rating – 4.5 Stars
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Synopsis

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?

Review by Clive

Firstly I must say thank you to C. L. Taylor and the publishers for the advance review copy of Her Last Holiday and congratulate them on the subsequent small but effective changes which make the published cover so dramatic; especially to anyone who is anxious around steep drops.

Her Last Holiday is a classic suspense thriller. It is set in everyday surroundings with activities that are not beyond the expectations of most of us. Let’s face it, many of us feel that our lives are humdrum and lacking direction; what harm can there be in a retreat break to learn more about ourselves, to meet like-minded people and to experience something different?

The author has an easy writing style. The story is told in the third person, mainly from the perspectives of three ladies; Fran, Jenna and Kate, with the action switching from Jenna’s retreat and Fran’s retreat about three years later. Each chapter is clearly headed so that we are in no doubt which time period we are in and whose view we are seeing. C. L. Taylor uses a reflective technique so that key events are repeated from the different viewpoints, which is always useful.

As the book developed I felt I fully understood the characters of those three central ladies and of Tom who is the key link to them all. There are several peripheral characters that we learn just a little about and which may cause some confusion; if in doubt jot down their names.

The tension grows, the action keeps moving and the final chapters fly by as the various threads are tied up. Some of the reveals were as anticipated whilst others totally surprised me. I was however left wondering about one or two actions by lesser characters which I could not quite understand.

That said, Her Last Holiday is a very tense and entertaining psychological thriller. I have awarded 4.5 stars.

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C.L. Taylor Her Last Holiday

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

Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014. She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.

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6 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    Glad to see you liked it, I am behind and late and getting to it, but it is on my list for this week.

  2. Tasha says:

    I really like the sound of this. It is the type of writing style that I enjoy. Great review.

  3. vidya says:

    A psych thriller – been a loong while since I read one and this sounds wonderful. great review

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