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Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis #bookreview

About The Honeymoon

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?

My review of The Honeymoon
From the moment I read this book's blurb I wanted to read it... and I am so glad I did. What a page turner of a psychological thriller! This book kept me guessing the whole way through with various twists and turns along the way.
The story is predominantly told from Jemma's point of view, although about half way through, we do read other characters point of views. Jemma has gone on honeymoon with her husband, and we begin the story by reading of how her husband has gone missing. She has not seen him since the night before. I don't want to write any more about what happens, as this is such a plot heavy book, full of twists and turns and I don't want to give anything away.

The novel tells two stories, one from the past and the other based in the present, both told from Jemma's point of view. The past is told in third person and the present day action in first person. What is most interesting is that I felt as though I was reading about two different characters, as the Jemma from the past is very different to the Jemma on the island whose husband has gone missing. It is for this reason that I couldn't figure out if Jemma was an unreliable narrator, if she was a victim or indeed the instigator of her husband's disappearance, and this is what made the novel so very exciting.
The Honeymoon is beautifully written, the juxtaposition of the idyllic honeymoon setting in the Maldives coupled with the grim reality and horror of a husband 'gone missing', presumed dead is pure magic. I was captivated by this story, frantically turning pages, as I needed to know what had happened, and why.
This is a chilling and haunting read. The island seems to close in on Jemma, and she seems all alone. The burning question is, who can she trust? The dream has turned to a nightmare. This is a book that will keep you thoroughly entertained and will keep you guessing. I honesty did not predict how the book would end. This really is a wonderful summer holiday read.
With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy

The Honeymoon, published by Penguin on 1 June can be found on Amazon here.

About the author

Tina Seskis grew up in Hampshire, and after graduating from the University of Bath spent over 20 years working in marketing and advertising. She is the author of two novels, One Step Too Far and A Serpentine Affair. Tina lives in North London with her husband and son.

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