“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?”
I consider myself to be a very lucky blogger at the moment. I have read some BRILLIANT novels over the last couple of weeks, this one included. The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis has been eyeing me up from the bookcase for a little while now. Occasionally it gave me the odd wink and come-hither look but I had to be strong and stick to my blog tour reads. Not the case now, of course! Now I can pick and choose what I read and when I read it. And oh my gosh, I’m so glad I picked The Honeymoon.
Jemma and her husband have finally made it down the aisle and have jetted off to the exotic Maldives for their once in a lifetime honeymoon. Except there’s a problem. Jemma’s brand new husband has gone missing. The blushing bride has somewhat vague memories of the last time she saw her beloved thanks to the delicious and abundant cocktails available on demand. And oh boy, she certainly demanded! Paradise starts to look a little more sinister, particularly when Jemma’s mother-in-law arrives to stick her venomous claws in. What happened to her husband? Was Jemma anything to do with his disappearance? If only she could remember….
I loved this book. It was so easy to read and incredibly hard to put down. I loved the flashback sequences where the reader is given an insight into Jemma’s relationship with her then fiance. I have to say, what a weird relationship it is! At points I wanted Jemma to throw her hands in the air and walk away from it all. I loved Jemma you see. Although her neediness to get married did irk me somewhat at times. But a lot of us have been there, eh girls and boys? Just waiting for the other half to propose…😉
There are so many suspects, so many possibilities on the table that you can’t help but turn amateur detective. I had a number of suspects in mind along with the thought that he may have just decided to do a runner! What I didn’t expect was that ending. What a shock, I had never considered THAT as an ending. OK, maybe it’s a smidge far fetched but who cares – it was AWESOME and completely appealed to my darker side!
Would I recommend this book? Most definitely. It’s got bucketloads of lovely suspense, a couple of rather large twists which will knock you for six and a leading lady I couldn’t help but love (I’m not sure you’re supposed to by the way but I like to break the rules!). Seskis’s writing is very compelling and I will be making a point of reading more from this author in the future.
Five out of five stars.
I chose to read an ARC of The Honeymoon. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis was published in the UK by Michael Joseph Books – Penguin UK on 1st June 2017 and is available in paperback and eBook format | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |
I grew up in Hampshire, England, where my father worked at Heathrow for British Airways and my mother was in sales. My parents bestowed upon me a certain degree of eccentricity: my dad amongst other things built a boat in the front garden on our commuter belt housing estate, moved us into a touring caravan when our new house wasn’t built, and took us all over the world with his free air travel and limited budget. I think part of my story-telling is shaped by those experiences.
I studied business at the University of Bath and then worked for over twenty years in marketing, advertising and online sales, with varying degrees of success, before starting to write.
I originally wrote One Step Too Far for my mum, whilst attending a local writing class on a Thursday afternoon. I completed my second novel When We Were Friends (formerly called A Serpentine Affair) in 2011. It took me way longer to finally get the books published, and One Step Too Far is now available in over 60 countries.
I live in North London with my husband and son, and currently write full-time(ish).
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