Wednesday, 28 April 2021

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

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Title: Her Last Holiday
Author: C. L. Taylor
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 29th April 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

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 master of suspense is back. Prepare yourself for the latest heart-in-mouth rollercoaster ride from the Sunday Times bestseller.

Wow I have no clue how C. L. Taylor does this time and time again and comes up with books that leave you unable to put them down, and leaving you opened mouths in awe and shock by the end! 

But it's one hell of a skill to have, and this is another triumphant book that had me scratching my head.  Ok I had a tiny inkling about one part of the resolution, but I wasn't ever completely sure, nor could I work out the hows, whys etc... 

We are treated to three ladies perspectives, Jenna from her time at the wellness retreat in Gozo, Fran and Kate in the present day, where ultimately we are on a retreat run by the same man responsible for deaths at his previous one in Gozo, and that has just been released from prison. 

Fran is on the quest for truth as to just what happened to Jenna, two years ago, as her family are refusing to believe the verdict of suicide.  However the sheer act of asking questions could be rather dangerous it appears. 

And in the chapters from Jenna's points of view, I was utterly gripped into what went on, and how so many people believed in Tom  - the soul shrink.  Tom suffers from a condition that is actually quite fascinating and his welcome talk on the new retreat sounded really impressive, but how much of that was really true I'm not sure! 

I read this book in two sittings, with the need for sleep the only thing stopping me from reading it in one go.  It was addictive, unpredictable, gripping and just C. L. Taylor at her very best.  It keeps you guessing, keeps you thinking and is just a fabulous reading experience. 

I've said it before, and I'll happily say it again, that C. L. Taylor writes absolute masterpieces, always so different but with  the most amazing of storylines and twists that come out of nowhere.   Just wow! 

Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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