Her Last Holiday by C.L. Taylor

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.

I’m a huge C.L. Taylor fan and Her Last Holiday was a much anticipated read for this year. When I first started it, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it as much as her previous books as it had a very different feel to it that I couldn’t put my finger on! But I very quickly became caught up in the mystery of what happened to Jenna while she was in Gozo on a wellness retreat run by Kate and Tom. When her sister Fran is bullied into investigating one of Tom’s retreats after he has been released from prison for crimes committed whilst on the Gozo retreat she is desperately seeking answers. And it’s when Fran meets Tom, Kate plus others who had been there when Jenna disappeared that things start to get very tense as no one seems to be telling the truth about what happened to Jenna…

I loved the different viewpoints throughout Her Last Holiday as we were introduced to 3 very different women. Firstly, there’s Fran, older than her sister by 12 years so hadn’t really had much to do with her what she was growing up, with whom Jenna had a strained and distant relationship. Frans guilt at this is played upon by her manipulative mother and she’s suddenly put in a very dangerous position by searching for the truth about what occurred 2 years ago. The reader also sees first hand what happened on that first retreat in Gozo as Jenna narrates her first meeting with Tom and Kate. And finally we are introduced to Kate-Tom’s wife and the driving force behind Soul Shrink Retreats who has been waiting for her husband to be released from jail. So it’s a real female character led narrative with a twisty storyline where nothing is quite what it seems.

Her Last Holiday is a slow burner but no less gripping for it. Emotionally draining at times due to the relationship between the sisters (and how it leads to tragedy for all involved) I found it unexpectedly poignant but thoroughly gripping throughout. One of my recommended reads for April!

C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of eight gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 – THE ACCIDENT / Before I Wake (U.S. title) 
2015 – THE LIE
2018 – THE FEAR
2019 – SLEEP

She has also written standalone two Young Adult thrillers: THE TREATMENT and THE ISLAND.

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

SLEEP won the ‘best ebook’ award in the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. THE ESCAPE won a Dead Good Books award. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the ‘Pageturner’ category.

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol in the UK with her partner and son.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.